Service discovery

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.

Enabling the audiovisual ecosystem

Users

Access programmes

Any service

Simple selection

Seamless experience

Simplification

Users can simply select from lists of available channels and services based on their location and the capabilities of their display.

Devices

Discover services

Any screen

Interoperable

Open standards

Innovation

Client devices and applications can retrieve service lists using open web standards and present the results in their own interface.

Providers

Manage offerings

Any network

Linear channels

On-demand catalogues

Distribution

Media and platform providers can publish lists of services available by region across various delivery networks.

Regulators

Register providers

Provenance

Prominence

Accessibility

Regulation

Regulators can designate and approve national service lists to maintain the prominence and accessability of public services.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Innovation

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.

Platform features

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.

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.

Pilot Programme

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.