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I teach a 5-day OCAP course for developers for Vidiom Systems. (OCAP is the JavaTV-based platform being deployed in the US cable market.) The course is OCAP-specific but the vast majority is directly applicable to other JavaTV-based platforms like MHP and Blu-ray.
You can find out more about it here: http://www.vidiom.com/services/training.html or e-mail me [adirkse (at) vidiom (dot) com] for more information.
Yes, as Anne's reply recommended, a few days course of Java-TV related subject is good for you.
And if I can add more information in case you are not capable of above,
which is good resources to start with, I think.
And Steve (author of the site) is happy to answer questions.
if you want some stuff to start learning and doing, you can get to [Cineca interactive television development area|http://www.cineca.tv/labs/mhplab/index-en.html] :
Here you'll find some useful free software and resources created in the last 4 years of our involvement in Italian interactive television market.
They are not only focused on client side (MHP free xlets) but also useful for the server side.
Our first project was the carousel server JustDvb-IT that is feeding applications on the transport stream of the broadcaster.
Then we have also a project for an open source middleware overcoming some MHP critical points, actually called JTVOS.
BTW, we have done also training and consultancy but i believe that we are a little far as we are based in Italy.
Bye and hope it helps.
Edited by: aventuri on May 17, 2008 5:39 AM
Just wanted to say thanks to all those who provided some great ideas of where to start.
I will look into these options.
Considering our time schedule. It seems like we might also have to consider bringing someone already experienced on board with us. Does anyone know of any experienced developers who might be able to help out.
It depends on where you are located.
We are based in Italy and are available for consultancy and development all over Europe.
If you are interested, write me to aventuri [at] dev.java.net
The thing is that there is actually not much people in this field but a Java expert can easily pick up Java TV Environment. Even if he is not familiar with. And Java Experts who have the background of electronics are more preferable in case of Java TV Application Development. Hope my comments will help you...
+"Then we have also a project for an open source middleware overcoming some MHP critical points, actually called JTVOS."+
Talking about... Brasil has just released the open source middleware Ginga. The Java environment isn't ready yet, but there is already a declarative environment based in NCL (a extension of XML), that is much easier to handle than Java, although not so powerful.