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Interactive Video - Convergence of the WWW and Digital TV

: Gerfelder, N.; Neumann, L.

Heitmann, J.; Kaldenberg, R. von ; Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers -SMPTE-:
European SMPTE Conference on Imaging Media 1998
Köln, 1998
ISBN: 3-00-003333-5
European SMPTE Conference on Imaging Media <1998, Köln>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Interactive Video; internet interactive broadcasting; MOVieGoer; sensitive Regionen; Sensitive Regions; interactive TV; interaktives Fernsehen

The use of multimedia applications leads to a need for concepts supporting not only the interaction with static media such as text, images, or graphics as supported by the WWW today, but also with dynamic media such as video or audio. Nowadays, video interaction is mostly restricted to VCR-like capabilities, e. g. stop, play, forward, etc. However, the naive user would like to use dynamic media with the same extent as the traditional static media. By introducing video interaction, applications such as VoD, interactive TV or multimedia information systems will benefit and can offer additional features for the user. The video application and basic system "MOVieGoer"; developed at ZGDV, considers the hypermedia aspect of sensitive regions - the use as a dynamic anchor for information retrieval from inside the video stream. Typical application domains for the MOVieGoer concept are, e. g., interactive program journals, advertisements, news, exhibitions, shopping, and teaching scenarios. Bes ides the use inside advanced online services, MOVieGoer, combined with set-top boxes, provides a natural synthesis of the internet and interactive television. To summarize, the concept of MOVieGoer enables to embed hxperlinks within dynamic media, i. e. video. It supports the content based integration of digital TV and WWW and is a futher step within the convergence of television and computer systems into a single, interactive, digital multimedia information information infrastructure. Furthermore, this paper gives an overview on current activities to combine the areas of broadcasting and online services. Based on this, we present future directions to develop "Internet Interactive Broadcasting" (IIB) which allows the cobination of broadcasting and online content and services, different delivery channels, and various appliances for the use in different application scenarios. With IIB it is possible to develop new services which will give the user a more intuitive way to access informat i on in the future as a step towards ubiquitous computing.