More and more consumers have SmartTVs at home, complemented by laptops or tablets which can function as second screens, for instance to explore related information alongside a TV programme. Broadcast companies want to provide their viewers with richer interactive television experiences, and are looking to enhance the attractiveness of their content. The European project LinkedTV works on integrating information on the web with television programming and to this end has developed LinkedCulture.
LinkedCulture is based on Tussen Kunst & Kitsch (similar to Antiques Roadshow) of Dutch public broadcaster AVROTROS. LinkedCulture offers extra information about art objects on the show, allowing users to view background information, related artworks and related fragments from Tussen Kunst & Kitsch’ rich history. LinkedTV has developed a workflow based on semantic technologies and Linked Open Data that automates the process of enriching programmes with Web content.
The aim is to that through LinkedTV’s automated end-to-end workflow, it becomes possible to automatically annotate and enriched tv programmes with relevant information on the web, on a granular level. This means that specific segments on a programme (e.g. a 4-minute part about an art object) are identified and automatically enriched with web content. This lowers editorial costs.
There is also a version of the application for news (LinkedNews), based on the news of the broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. In other words: the app can be modified based on its primary video content.