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ISRN Communications and Networking
Volume 2014, Article ID 127142, 17 pages
Review Article

Systematic Review of Multiple Contents Synchronization in Interactive Television Scenario

Federal University of Espírito Santo, Campus Universitário de Goiabeiras, Avenida Fernando Ferrari, S/N Goiabeiras, 29060-970 Vitoria, ES, Brazil

Received 20 November 2013; Accepted 3 February 2014; Published 19 March 2014

Academic Editors: G. Giambene and S. Rapuano

Copyright © 2014 Ricardo Mendes Costa Segundo and Celso Alberto Saibel Santos. 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.


Context. Interactive TV has not reached yet its full potential. How to make the use of interactivity in television content viable and attractive is something in evolution that can be seen with the popularization of new approaches as the use of second screen as interactive platform. Objective. This study aims at surveying existing research on Multiple Contents TV Synchronization in order to synthesize their results, classify works with common points, and identify needs for future research. Method. This paper reports the results of a systematic literature review and mapping study on TV Multiple Contents Synchronization published until middle 2013. As result, a set of 68 papers was generated and analyzed considering general information such as sources and time of publication; covered research topics; and synchronization aspects such as methods, channels, and precision. Results. Based on the obtained data, the paper provides a high level overview of the analyzed works; a detailed exploration of each used and proposed technique and its applications; and a discussion and proposal of a scenario overview and classification scheme based on the extracted data.