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ePerSpace demonstrated personalised TV at the IBC 2005

EU project ePerSpace demonstrated the delivery of personalised services at the IBC 2005, the world’s biggest event for content creation and delivery, which took place in Amsterdam from 9 to 13 September.

EU project ePerSpace demonstrated the delivery of personalised services at the IBC 2005, the world’s biggest event for content creation and delivery, which took place in Amsterdam from 9 to 13 September. The ePerSpace demonstration was part of the NAVSHP IST village organised by IST project AVISTA. The focus of ePerSpace is on the seamless delivery of personalised services at home. Thus, the key element of the demonstration was the residential gateway on which the personal profiles reside. Using the profiles, personalised news and TV are delivered via the gateway. In case of the personalised news service, the news as they emerge are pushed to the user according to his or her preference. In the case of My TV, a broadcast TV programme was delivered, highlighting those programme blocks that are within the profile of the viewer supporting programmed recording and playback via the personal video recorder (PVR). The demonstrations also covered the aspect of content adaptation to the capabilities of the preferred device by including a PDA as the receiving device for the personalised news service. The envisaged solution is not a user profile that learns by itself by monitoring the usage pattern and user behaviour, but it requires explicit consent to update the profile. Furthermore, the solution also ensures that the profile remains under the user’s control, and content providers and services have only access to the necessary amount of information. Other, similar or random content items, which are not within the user’s interest profile are also offered helping to prevent excessive narrowing of the user’s horizon and catering for the changes in the user’s interest and content consumption habit. In addition to the demonstration, ePerSpace project co-ordinator Pierre-Yves Danet, France Telecom, made a presentation at the “Innovation for New Media” session organised by the Networked Audio Visual Systems and Home Platforms area of the IST research programme. The presentation focused on the new frontiers of multimedia networking.