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Automatic Measurement of Play-out Differences for Social TV, Interactive TV, Gaming and Inter-destination Synchronization,

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Author: Mekuria, R.N. · Stokking, H.M. · Deventer, M.O. van
Source:2nd Workshop on Future Television - EuroITV 2011, 29 June, 2011, Lisbon, Portugal
Identifier: 462241
Article number: 11S-SIW-069
Keywords: Informatics · Inter-destination media · Synchronization · Social-TV · Video delay · Input-lag · Broadcast-tv · Gaming · Future Internet Use · Information Society · Communication & Information · MNS - Media & Network Services · TS - Technical Sciences


Inter-destination media (play-out) synchronization for social TV has gained attention from research and industry in recent years. Applications include social TV and interactive game shows. To motivate further research of inter-destination synchronization technologies, pilot measurements of play-out differences in different TV-broadcasting systems are desirable. However to our knowledge no broadly applicable measurement system exists. This paper fills this gap by presenting and implementing a robust system that can detect constant or slowly varying differences in media play-out between different receivers without accessing receiver hardware or network. The measurements are relevant in various use-cases such as football watching, social TV, interactive game shows around TV-content, TV input lag comparison for gaming and validation of current inter-destination synchronization technologies. The robustness of the system is demonstrated in a working prototype.