Eleven European partners, known for their competence in broadcasting, IT manufacturing and technology research, have joined forces to establish the collaborative MHP-KDB project. It will tackle one of the most pressing issues in the field of digital interactive television: the harmonised usage and implementation of DVB-MHP (Multimedia Home Platform) by establishing, for all MHP-related issues, a single "point of call" (the MHP Knowledge Data Base, or short: MHP-KDB) for know-how and best practice solutions to all companies and organisations active in this field.
The prime focus of MHP-KDB is to improve the interoperability of MHP implementations and MHP applications. Progress in the interoperability of MHP is the crucial factor for the deployment of interactive digital TV in Europe. This progress will guarantee cultural pluralism as well as access of all European citizens to the services of the Information Society (eEurope 2002 and 2005 Actions Plans). MHP interoperability will lead to a wide adoption and usage of the MHP standard and pave the way for a whole range of new e-content formats and e-services - including T-Commerce and T-Learning - accessible via the most commonly used media device world-wide: television (with local and remote interactivity)! The results will be beneficial for the whole media industry as well as for the end-user in fostering a standardised API (i. e. digital gateway) to ensure the development of horizontal markets for services and receiving equipment, in line with Directive 2002/21 /EC.
MHP-KDB will also assist the EC in responding to the European Parliament Resolution of 26 September 2002 which calls for " ..measures to encourage the use of an open interoperable European standard for digital television and to facilitate the migration to an open API on the basis of MHP...". The MHP knowledge database will encompass a unique set of MHP tools and interoperable benchmark applications.
Field of science
- /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/radio and television
Funding SchemeSTREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
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