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Television Content Markup Language
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All television programs and commercial programming is accompanied by an out-of-band stream of metadata which you can use to route around various content, or manipulate it in various ways.

This is, to some extent, already done with closed captioning and rating codes, etc. The difference is that the "Set Top Box" allows you to programmatically do what you will with the data to control the broadcast content rather than just sit back and soak it in. Have the history channel place programs about certain topics in your calendar, for example.

jimfl, Mar 21 2000

MPEG-7 http://www.cselt.it...s/mpeg-7/mpeg-7.htm
"The content representation standard for multimedia information search, filtering, management and processing." Microsoft also has some XML based format for closed captions. [rmutt, Mar 21 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]

XMLTV http://membled.com/work/apps/xmltv/
"XMLTV is a set of utilities to manage your TV viewing. ..." [egnor, Mar 21 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Don't products like TiVo or Replay do this already?
ps, Mar 21 2000

       I don't know. Do they?   

       More important: Is the API published, so that clever people can goof around with it and innovate?
jimfl, Mar 21 2000

       TiVo, Replay have (AFAIK) proprietary data on their own servers, and I doubt it's detailed enough to indicate commercials.
rmutt, Mar 23 2000


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