TV Anytime Forum Established
New multimedia services based on
high volume digital storage device
Before the TV Anytime Forum, there was DAVIC (Digital Audio-Visual
Council), which was started in 1994 as a private, nonprofit organization
for the standardization of multimedia applications, services, and systems.
While DAVIC completed its scheduled 5 year operation period in September
1999, the TV Anytime Forum was established as its successor to continue
carrying out activity related to the development of TV Anytime/Anywhere.
The TV Anytime Forum is scheduled to provide standardization guidelines
aimed towards services which are not bound to specific specifications,
such as storage device types and broadcast/internet data transmission
methods, as shown in the figure below.
We at NHK have been promoting the development of ISDB as the 21st century broadcasting system for the digital era. We are also advancing research and development on a home server and a new home digital recording system with which one can watch any program at anytime. NHK contributed to DAVIC, especially, by means of technical proposals regarding home servers and program indexing. We are determined to give our continuous and active assistance to the TV Anytime Forum.