ADAMS – Research for Seamless Media Use
Consuming movies, music and on demand TV content on different devices while travelling is the goal of the "Adaptive Multimodal Streaming" (ADAMS) project. A consortium of research institutes and companies is developing a solution based on technological standards that will allow users to freely select their preferred device: ranging from their television at home, to smartphones, tablets and eventually automobiles. The ADAMS solution not only streams the content to the appropriate end device but also includes information about the pause position in order to resume from that moment in the stream. In addition, the current network quality is constantly being considered, and the transmitted data stream is continuously adapted to the current transmission situation to optimize the media experience. The result is that users can conveniently follow their favorite programs on their preferred device in the maximum available quality.
FI content – New applications and concepts for Connected TV
Major European and global companies and research centres have joined their skills in the FI content initiative to drive innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity. This initiative aims at developing and experimenting across Europe cutting-edge ICT platforms devoted to applications and services in the areas of social connected TV, smart city services, and pervasive games. In this project, IRT focuses on the Social Connected TV Platform which is designed to foster the development and uptake of innovative TV applications: an entirely new ecosystem is evolving around connected TVs, enabling new applications and concepts around TV content. Services for connected devices will complement the TV experience and extend it towards novel usage scenarios. We build upon established Web-based technologies and the recent HbbTV standard while combining them with additional components from the Future Internet Initiative. Eventually, intelligent inter-device and broadcast-broadband synchronisation mechanisms will be used to present Connected TV as a single platform which seamlessly integrates media services and interactive applications across different providers under one roof.
HbbRadio – Research and implementation of a new hybrid radio platform
The HbbRadio project researches and implements a new hybrid radio platform and creates tailored production tools. It forms the foundation for a novel personalized and context-adaptive live radio with integrated and synchronized add-on services. Content, services and applications will be distributed via broadcast (FM, DAB, DAB-Plus) and internet (streaming and add-ons) in a hybrid manner (comparable to HbbTV).
The system will support established as well as upcoming radio service providers by providing new methods for production, distribution, and marketing of content. Audio content can be conveniently complemented with additional applications and background information. In addition, every user will be served with an individualized context-sensitive radio programme stream which the user can influence.
ROMEO - Interactive 3D content and its distribution
The ROMEO project targets the challenges of synchronised live 3D media delivery to groups of users. The concurrency of the media experience will enable users to collaborate and to jointly enjoy multi-view 3D content. This will facilitate application scenarios such as social TV and high quality real-time collaboration. For IRT, the three key aspects in the project are 3D visual attention modelling, hybrid play-out solutions (e. g. via DVB-T2 and P2P), as well as spatial audio coding and rendering.