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Advances in Multimedia
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 16296, 13 pages
Research Article

Web Content Search and Adaptation for IDTV: One Step Forward in the Mediamorphosis Process toward Personal-TV

1Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Informazione, Università di Bologna, Mura Anteo Zamboni 7, Bologna 40127, Italy
2Computer Science Department, University of California, Los Angeles, Boelter Hall, Los Angeles 90095, CA, USA

Received 27 December 2006; Accepted 3 April 2007

Academic Editor: Hao Yin

Copyright © 2007 Stefano Ferretti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We are on the threshold of a mediamorphosis that will revolutionize the way we interact with our TV sets. The combination between interactive digital TV (IDTV) and the Web fosters the development of new interactive multimedia services enjoyable even through a TV screen and a remote control. Yet, several design constraints complicate the deployment of this new pattern of services. Prominent unresolved issues involve macro-problems such as collecting information on the Web based on users' preferences and appropriately presenting retrieved Web contents on the TV screen. To this aim, we propose a system able to dynamically convey contents from the Web to IDTV systems. Our system presents solutions both for personalized Web content search and automatic TV-format adaptation of retrieved documents. As we demonstrate through two case study applications, our system merges the best of IDTV and Web domains spinning the TV mediamorphosis toward the creation of the personal-TV concept.