Simple navigation protocol for broadband media services

RSS-TV is an extensible markup language (XML)-based navigation protocol for Internet Media services based on the RSS standard. The adoption of RSS-TV enables video device manufacturers to develop applications to seamlessly navigate premium Internet video services. Example video devices include set top boxes, portable video players, game consoles, broadband-connected digital video disc (DVD) players, digital video recorders (DVRs), portable video players and mobile phones. By implementing the RSS-TV protocol, these devices provide user access to a growing library of online media (video, audio, games) services.


RSS-TV is an extension of RSS and includes additional XML elements and attributes to enable Premium TV-centric features such as:

Readers familiar with digital video broadcasting (DVB) can compare RSS-TV with the DVB Service Information standards developed in the 1990s for digital TV EPGs. The difference is that RSS-TV has been developed for two-way Internet Protocol (IP) networks rather than broadcasting networks. RSS TV leverages the increasing availability of products that support RSS such as caching engines and RSS-enabled content management and publishing systems.

RSS-TV compliant applications can be implemented using any language and operating system including AJAX/HTML, Flash, OpenTV, or C.  Similarly, service providers can use any web service technologies (Java, .NET, PHP) to build RSS-TV compliant services.

Latest news

August 20, 2008: New Flash demo! RSS-TV specification 2.3 released: Device cookie specification, sub-titling support and more.
January 29, 2008: RSS-TV specification 2.2: Support for TV zapping UI. Also added new test data for RSS-TV compliance testing.
November 2, 2007: RSS-TV specification 2.1 released. Flash based demo.
June 17, 2007: RSS-TV Test Cases now include audio services. Updated AJAX/HTML RSS-TV client.
April 8, 2007: RSS-TV 2.0 released.
January 23, 2007: RSS-TV 1.2 specification with support for video previews, resuming media, country blocking and EPG. Complete new design of the reference client UI.
December 3, 2006: Update of the reference RSS-TV client. Added sample test menu pages for testing RSS-TV compliant STB. RSS-TV client test document available on download section.
September 25, 2006: RSS-TV 1.1 released with support for secure video/audio downloads. Sample source code now supports Opera.
August 25, 2006: RSS-TV Demo and source code available.
August 8, 2006: Version 1.0 of RSS-TV released for public.
June 7, 2006: Version 0.9 of RSS-TV released for public review.

OS & language independent!

RSS-TV clients can be developed using any programming language or middleware, including: