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February 28th, 2011 01:18 PM

Using Time Index Seeking to Approximate FF and REW

The media players developed by the current device manufacturers are optimized to support seeking using time index values that are passed between the widget and the media server. Supporting true fast forward and rewind functionality is resource intensive and not yet available on current Connected TV devices. An alternative approach is to use time index seeking to enable consumers to skip forward and skip backward within in a stream in multi-second increments from a relative or absolute time index. This workaround is very useful when playing videos that are longer than a few minutes.


August 9th, 2010 08:35 AM

Testing your Widget on a TV

This tutorial covers how to test your TV Widget on a TV.  In order to get your widget software on a TV, you must first submit your widget to the Widget Gallery Service. The final QA and approval process does not start until you send the Acceptance Criteria form to Prior to submitting the Acceptance Criteria form, you can upload your widget as many times as you need for testing purposes. Once uploaded, you can then download your widget to specific Connected TV devices for specific test-users.


June 28th, 2010 09:00 AM

Handling the Network Disconnected State

Widgets need to detect changes in network availability and support both offline and online modes as appropriate. Testing for the “Network Disconnected” state is part of the TV Widget QA and approval process. To streamline getting your widget into the production widget gallery, be sure your widget properly handles the following disconnected states: