The past few years have seen an increase in the availability of video content on the World Wide Web and the demand for such content will keep increasing dramatically. Consumers want more content to be made available, in higher quality, and to take full advantage in their living rooms of high definition television. The video industry (television and cable networks, content producers, content delivery systems, etc.) is looking at ways to be ahead of the demand and be on top of the next wave of innovations in the domain. Several factors could slow down the increase, such as lack of interoperability, unsearchable or inaccessible content, or digital rights.
W3C will be looking at the impact and challenges of video on the Web in the upcoming months. With widespread video technologies, what do we expect the next Web application to look like? A workshop, to be announced shortly, will be W3C's next step to gather interest.