Press Release
21 March 2003

TV-Anytime Forum's Demonstrations and Papers Highlight PVR at NAB 2003
TVAF Featured on Two Conference Tracks, Co-sponsoring Interoperability Center

The TV-Anytime Forum (TVAF) will appear in several venues at National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2003 Convention (April 7-10, 2003, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA). This year, for the first time, TVAF will join the Pro-MPEG Forum and the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) Association in co-sponsoring the popular Interoperability Center at NAB 2003. The Center is located in Meeting Room S230 of the Las Vegas Convention Center (Upper South Hall). TVAF will host a press conference in the Interoperability Center at 6:45 PM on Tuesday, April 8, immediately following the Pro-MPEG Forum press conference at 6:00 PM and prior to the AAF press conference at 7:10 PM.

TVAF will present two demonstrations in the Interoperability Center. One exhibit will demonstrate metadata authoring, editing, aggregation and publishing, while the other will show a viewer experience provided by using metadata to segment content. The primary TVAF members involved in the demonstrations are the BBC, NDS, onTV and Philips. In addition, TVAF will provide data feeds to metadata authoring demonstrations by Japnese telecom operator NTT and US media listing provider Tribune Media Services.

Several TVAF members will also appear at a NAB Multimedia World 2003 conference session entitled The PVR: Shifting Time and Paradigm, 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Monday, April 7. The session will include presentations from the BBC, ContentGuard, Microsoft, Motorola and NDS, as well as a description of TVAF's demonstrations in the Interoperability Center.

In addition, Jean-Pierre Evain of the EBU will present a paper entitled "TV-Anytime Has Completed its First Specification Phase in November 2002," at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, April 9, as part of the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference session Technology Based Broadcast Services.

TVAF has recently submitted its Phase 1 specifications to the European Technical Standards Institute (ETSI) and has now begun its Phase 2 work. TVAF members will be on hand at NAB 2003 to discuss this migration, and the distinction between Phase 1 and Phase 2 of TVAF specifications.

About the TV-Anytime Forum
Formed in 1999, the TV Anytime Forum is developing open specifications for interoperable and integrated systems that will allow consumer electronics manufacturers, content creators, telecommunications companies, broadcasters and other service providers to most effectively utilize high-volume digital storage in consumer devices. The group invites participation from all interested organizations. At present its meetings are held at approximately two-month intervals in Europe, North America and Asia.

For further information, contact TVAF Chairman, Simon Parnall ( or TVAF's Administrator Mark Saunders (, or +44 1737 358 799).

Additional information, including a complete listing of its current member companies, is available at

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