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Chapter 13. Standards and Specifications > Advanced Television Enhancement Foru...

13.1. Advanced Television Enhancement Forum (ATVEF)

The ATVEF has produced a standard set of HTML extensions and facilitates the synchronization of data broadcasts with video feeds [ATVEF]. ATVEF has been adopted by OpenCable, as well as some key software providers such as Microsoft and Liberate. A few content providers are broadcasting ATVEF content today. WebTV users may be familiar with interactive Jeopardy, that allows viewers to play along with the popular game show. Informational broadcasts such as The Weather Channel, broadcast ATVEF content that enables viewers to go interactive and access detailed weather maps and local forecasts.

The ATVEF specification was designed by a consortium of broadcast and cable networks, consumer electronics companies, television transport operators and technology companies to define a common, worldwide specification for enhanced television programming [ATVEF]. The specification consists of three parts:


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