Enabling the audiovisual ecosystem

Regulators

Register providers

Provenance

Prominence

Accessibility

Media providers

Manage offerings

Any network

Linear channels

On-demand catalogues

Client devices

Discover services

Any screen

Interoperable

Open standards

Users

Access programmes

Seamless experience

Freely available

Subscription

Service discovery

The Service List Registry allows any compatible screen, device, or application to discover and combine sets of available authorized audiovisual services from multiple sources, delivered over diverse broadcast and broadband networks, offering users choice, convenience and control with a coherent and consistent user experience.

Hybrid delivery

Supporting any combination of conventional cable, satellite, and terrestrial transmissions, enjoyed by billions of users worldwide, seamlessly aggregated and integrated with on-demand offerings, the registry incorporates traditional television and radio channels with services delivered over any fixed or wireless internet connection, including fibre and mobile networks.

Integrated experience

The simple service layer enables free, subscription, or mixed models, and preserves prominence, branding and accessibility for broadcasters, while allowing users to select from a wide range of relevant local, regional, national, and international services according to location, language, and personal preferences.

Over diverse networks

Fixed

IP / DVB-C/C2

Mobile

Wi-Fi / 4G / 5G

Terrestrial

DVB-T/T2

Satellite

DVB-S/S2

in any combination

Operation

Registered regulators, broadcasters, and service providers can list offerings on the self-service platform for a nominal fee based on usage, subject to fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.

Any device or application can freely query the platform using the published Application Programming Interface. Public query requests to the system are entirely free of charge and transparent to end users.

Supporting multiple screens

Television

HbbTV / Native

Handheld

Phone / Tablet

Computer

Laptop / Desktop

Player

Connected devices

With compatible applications or software systems, dependent on hardware capabilities.

How it works

A compatible internet connected client device or application can query the Service List Registry to discover available services based on its capabilities.

Client
Server
Request relevant service offerings
Return list of matching service offerings
Request selected service offering
Return list of services and sources

When the user selects a service, the service list information enables the client to connect to the appropriate broadcast or broadband source to receive and present the selected channel, stream, or app.

See it in action

Open standards

The Service List Registry is designed to be highly available and scalable to meet the requirements of service providers around the world, using easily integrated service requests based on freely available open standards and protocols:

  • HTTPS
  • XML
  • JSON
  • DVB-I

The service supports the DVB-I standard developed by the DVB Project.

A Software Development Kit with compatible library software functions and test cases will be provided to facilitate client integration.

Innovation

The federated directory simply provides structured information about audiovisual services and how to access them. Programme providers, platform operators, and suppliers of devices and displays are free to brand, innovate and differentiate their services and products, while taking advantage of global economies of scale across multiple markets.

Features

The browser-based administration system provides a simple and secure interface to enable authorised users to manage service list offerings.

The public query interface allows any device or application to retrieve relevant service lists with references to available services.

Reliable

  • Distributed global infrastructure
  • Highly available architecture
  • Secure by design systems
  • Fully managed and maintained

Trustable

  • Federated registry administration
  • Role-based access control
  • Single-sign-on integration
  • Two-factor authentication

Flexible

  • Multiple provider aggregation
  • Diverse distribution networks
  • Multi-level regionalisation
  • Multilingual support

Practical

  • Approval workflows
  • Masters and versions
  • Preview and test
  • Schedule in advance

Accountable

  • Full version control
  • Audit trail of changes
  • Archive of previous states
  • Roll back to any point

Accessible

  • Desktop or mobile user interface
  • Keyboard, mouse, or touch screen
  • Multilingual and bi-directional
  • Assistive technology support

Compatible

  • No software installation required
  • Operate from anywhere
  • Wide web browser support
  • Standards compliant

Brandable

  • Service provider attribution
  • Differentiation for devices
  • Transparent client operation
  • User experience innovation

Extensible

  • Versioning for enhanced features
  • Backward compatible
  • Programming interfaces
  • Systems automation support

Scalable

  • Huge number of client devices
  • High levels of concurrent usage
  • Low-latency query responses
  • Auto scaling to meet demand

Sustainable

  • Highly efficient infrastructure
  • Commitment to renewable energy
  • Carbon footprint auditing
  • Enabling optimised distribution

Simple

  • Set up services in minutes
  • Easy integration in applications
  • Ready to deploy in devices
  • Convenient for end users

Privacy

The privacy of end users is paramount. All end-user requests are anonymous and no personally identifiable information relating to end users or their usage of services is available to the Service List Registry platform or any third party.

Only non-identifying data is stored and processed for operational and statistical purposes to report on and improve the performance of the platform.

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