The Service List Registry allows any compatible screen, device, or application to discover audiovisual services from multiple sources, delivered over diverse broadcast and broadband networks, offering users simple service selection with choice, convenience and control.
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.
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.
Services — Registered regulators, broadcasters, and service providers can list offerings on the self-service platform for a nominal fee, subject to fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.
Devices — Any client 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.
A compatible internet connected client device or application can query the Service List Registry to discover available services based on its capabilities.
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.
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:
Access to the registry is based on the widely-deployed open standards of the W3C World Wide Web Consortium and 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.
The federated directory simply provides structured information about audiovisual services and how to access them. Service providers can deploy their own systems to support information for programme guides or to deliver programming on demand.
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.
Administration — The browser-based administration console provides a simple and secure interface to enable authorised users to manage service list offerings.
Discovery — The public query interface allows any compatible device or application to retrieve relevant service lists with references to available services.
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.
The Service List Registry Pilot Programme enables early adopters to evaluate the service discovery platform and to register, administer and publish their own service list offerings free of charge.