9 October 2000, Portuguese Pavilion, Hannover 2000 Exhibition



The objective of this workshop is to bring together experts in the area of Digital Television and New Interactive Services to analyse recent progress and to discuss key issues. Speakers from Industry, Broadcasters and Research Institutes will present their views on different aspects and all participants are expected to join the debate.


The Broadcast and IT industries have followed very different paths to meet the challenges set by an increasingly competitive content production industry. In the television world, solutions have been based on proprietary technologies that limit the capacity for multi-vendor integration but meet the stringent requirements imposed by a highly demanding professional environment. Meanwhile, the IT world has moved towards open architectures based on low cost generic hardware with significant progress in the use of object-oriented paradigms.

Although the migration to digital television facilitates the convergence of these two paths, it also brings new challenges by creating an enormous demand for content in electronic format. Success in this business will depend upon partnership. Content producers must define new programme concepts together with efficient working methods to deliver them. System vendors must provide appropriate and cost effective underlying technologies. Both content and associated data must be made readily available at the desktop. Content must flow from one stage to the next in a transparent and efficient way. Video and audio alone are no longer enough - supporting information (metadata) has to be linked intimately to the content.

This changing world calls for people from different domains to work together and merge their knowledge and experience in the definition of new, open standards. It is already possible to anticipate IT technologies powerful enough to manage the volumes of information produced in a broadcast environment. Standard networks and low cost computing will shortly be fundamental and ubiquitous components of the modern studio infrastructure.

This workshop aims to explore the possible futures for this new and blossoming industry based on the concrete, but far-seeing, results of recent projects.




Session 1: Networked Digital Television Production and Distributed Object-Oriented Middleware

Oliver Werner A Broadcaster’s view on the requirements for networked production
Richard Hopper Metadata and its handling in a production/broadcast environment
Artur Alves, Richard Storey, Jose Ruela Enabling technologies for networked production: The ATLANTIC/ORBIT view
Pedro Ferreira, Pedro Cardoso, Ernesto Santos, Vitor Teixeira, Paula Viana Handling Essence and Metadata using Distributed Middleware (technical presentation of ORBIT and VIDION projects including demonstrations)
Bruce Devlin File Formats for interoperability in broadcasting and production
Nick Wells Pro-MPEG’s role in achieving interoperability

12h30min Close of session


Session 2: Future Trends in Digital Broadcasting

L. Chiariglione MPEG21 for a changing media landscape
Fernando Pereira MPEG 4: Enabling new broadcasting experiences
Nuno Guimares Assisted Metadata Generation
Robert Koene MPEG7: Enabling the real exchange of multimedia information

16h30min Close of Workshop


Total number of attendees limited to 50


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Participants will be offered and entry ticket for the exhibition


This workshop is funded by FCT