The global TV-Anytime Forum was an association of organizations which seeked to develop specifications to enable audio-visual and other services based on mass-market high volume digital storage in consumer platforms - simply referred to as local storage.
The TV-Anytime Forum was formed at an inaugural meeting held in Newport Beach, California, USA, on 27-29 September 1999. It has started work to develop open specifications designed to allow Consumer Electronics Manufacturers, Content Creators, Telcos, Broadcasters and Service Providers to exploit local storage.
As part of its formation, the TV-Anytime Forum has established four fundamental objectives for the organization, which were:
- 1. To define specifications that will enable applications to exploit local persistent storage in consumer electronics platforms.
- 2. To be network independent with regard to the means for content delivery to consumer electronics equipment, including various delivery mechanisms (e.g. ATSC, DVB, DBS and others) and the Internet and enhanced TV.
- 3. To develop specifications for interoperable and integrated systems, from content creators/providers, through service providers, to the consumers.
- 4. To specify the necessary security structures to protect the interests of all parties involved.
Member organisations from Europe, the USA, and Asia, are drawn from a wide variety of industries: Traditional Broadcasters, Internet Broadcasters, Content Owners, Service Providers, Telcos, Consumer Electronics Manufacturers, IT Industries, Professional Equipment Manufacturers, Component Manufacturers and Software Vendors.
The TV-Anytime Forum invited participation from all interested organisneations. Membership was opened to all who sign the Membership Agreement and Contributor's Agreement, abide by the By-Laws.