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Better Control, Management of Metadata Streams

NAB Sneak Peek: IMDA allows broadcasters to take control

The Internet Media Device Alliance, which aims to alleviate issues relative to Internet radio station metadata, will be at the 2012 NAB Show to discuss the organization’s recent initiatives.

Among these are the IMDA-standardization metadata as well as the Central Discovery Service (CDS), now ready for use by broadcasters and aggregators. The CDS system allows media organizations to notify aggregators and device makers about metadata changes with one click. Using CDS, broadcasters can send XML notifications to every subscribed aggregator in the world.

Accounts for broadcasters are free; for aggregators, a small fee is levied to cover the costs for running the service. Java-based software tools to send notifications are available for broadcasters.

IMDA also announced that it released a draft document titled “Internet Radio in the Automobile — IMDA Automotive Profile 1.” This document, which is being issued for industry review, provides the minimal set of features for an Internet radio in the car. The topics covered in this document are important to developers, the group says.

NAB Show Booth: N523