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ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications, and Applications (TOMM), Volume 4 Issue 4, October 2008

Introduction to special issue: Human-centered television—directions in interactive digital television research
Pablo Cesar, Dick C. A. Bulterman, Luiz Fernando Gomes Soares
Article No.: 24
DOI: 10.1145/1412196.1412197

The research area of interactive digital TV is in the midst of a significant revival. Unlike the first generation of digital TV, which focused on producer concerns that effectively limited (re)distribution, the current generation of research is...

Interactive TV narratives: Opportunities, progress, and challenges
Marian F. Ursu, Maureen Thomas, Ian Kegel, Doug Williams, Mika Tuomola, Inger Lindstedt, Terence Wright, Andra Leurdijk, Vilmos Zsombori, Julia Sussner, Ulf Myrestam, Nina Hall
Article No.: 25
DOI: 10.1145/1412196.1412198

This article is motivated by the question whether television should do more than simply offer interactive services alongside (and separately from) traditional linear programs, in the context of its dominance being seriously challenged and...

GridCast: Improving peer sharing for P2P VoD
Bin Cheng, Lex Stein, Hai Jin, Xiaofei Liao, Zheng Zhang
Article No.: 26
DOI: 10.1145/1412196.1412199

Video-on-Demand (VoD) is a compelling application, but costly. VoD is costly due to the load it places on video source servers. Many have proposed using peer-to-peer (P2P) techniques to shift load from servers to peers. Yet, nobody has implemented...

Examining presence and lightweight messaging in a social television experience
Crysta Metcalf, Gunnar Harboe, Joe Tullio, Noel Massey, Guy Romano, Elaine M. Huang, Frank Bentley
Article No.: 27
DOI: 10.1145/1412196.1412200

We report on a field evaluation of a prototype social television system (Social TV) that incorporates lightweight messaging as well as ambient awareness of user presence on the system. This evaluation was conducted over a two-week period and...

Watch-and-comment as a paradigm toward ubiquitous interactive video editing
Renan G. Cattelan, Cesar Teixeira, Rudinei Goularte, Maria Da Graça C. Pimentel
Article No.: 28
DOI: 10.1145/1412196.1412201

The literature reports research efforts allowing the editing of interactive TV multimedia documents by end-users. In this article we propose complementary contributions relative to end-user generated interactive video, video tagging, and...