New media delivery spec for online motion picture and TV content

Manifest Core workflow
Neal Romanek
January 19th 2016 at 11:08AM : By Neal Romanek

"The reality of getting online video from the content provider, through the retailer, and ultimately to the consumer is quite complex"

The Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) and Motion Pictures Laboratories (MovieLabs) has released the Media Manifest Delivery Core specification, a simplified schema for the delivery of media assets related to online motion picture and television content.

The Media Manifest Delivery Core, jointly developed by EMA and MovieLabs with participation from EMA-member companies, derives from the more-encompassing Media Manifest specification and will be used to identify assets – such as video and audio files, trailers, subtitles, closed captions, and images – that are delivered to an online distributor for a video title. In doing so, the Media Manifest Delivery Core organises the “packaging” of the multitude of files needed for online video and the various versions required in countries around the world to enable retailers to deliver and manage the user experience. The specification enables automation and allows online retailers to scale up global operations and deliver assets to 100+ countries with much greater efficiency and speed.

Key members of EMA have been working together to push this new standard in order to more rapidly scale up international expansion.

“The reality of getting online video from the content provider, through the retailer, and ultimately to the consumer is quite complex, and EMA is committed to identifying and promoting ways to generate greater efficiencies in the digital supply chain,” said Mark Fisher, president and CEO of EMA. “The Media Manifest Delivery Core is a significant contribution to that effort and will help ensure the highest quality user experiences across all platforms. We were pleased to work with MovieLabs to help refine the Media Manifest Delivery Core.”

"This is a key element in the process of helping online retailers expand internationally,” declared Craig Seidel, Vice President Distribution Technology at MovieLabs, “This schema will automate the process. More automation cuts errors, increases efficiency and turnaround, eases support for multiple language deliveries, and future proofs the full offering lifecycle.”

The Media Manifest Delivery Core is keyed to the EMA Content Availability Metadata (“Avails”) specification. (Avails are the communications from content providers to retailers about when a video title will be available online and in which territories, plus the language, run-time, format, and the like.)

The Media Manifest Delivery Core was refined by a workgroup consisting of EMA-member digital retailers and MovieLabs. The full specification is available to view here

Download a white paper on the new spec here.