MovieLab
Avails
 

OVERVIEW

This site contains the defintion of EMA Avails Metadata.

The Entertainment Merchant’s Association (EMA) in conjuncation with MovieLabs has defined this format for transfering Avails data from Publishers to Retailers. Avails is an industry term for information about the time, location and business rules relating to offering an asset.


Current Version

Excel Spreadsheet

  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.7.1, January 12, 2017 (Excel)
  • Change Log (HTML)

XML-based Avails

Validator (XML and Excel)


Libraries and Tools

There are currently two means of encoding EMA Avails; one based on Microsoft Excel format and one base on Extensible Markup Language (XML). While Excel is more human-friendly, XML is more easily processed by computers. Ultimately, when all interfaces are computer-to-computer, XML will be the preferred format, but in the meantime, Excel has broad adoption.

During this transition period, we want to make it as easy as possible to produce and consume both Excel and XML. To do so, we have created a Java library (mddf-lib) to translate between the two formats. This conversion could happen on either the studio side or the retailer side.

MDDF Library and Tool code is available in this GitHub repository: https://github.com/MovieLabs/mddf


Previously Released Versions

Excel Spreadsheet

  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.7, November 15, 2016 (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6e2, January 20, 2016 (Excel) - editorial update from November 13 version
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6e1, November 13, 2015 (Excel) - editorial update from October 14 version
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6e, October 14, 2015 (Excel) - update from October 6 version
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6d, September 14, 2015 (Excel) Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6c, April 2, 2015 (Excel)
    • minor editorial correction from this version: March 17, 2015 (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6b, January 27, 2015 (Excel)
  • Re-release of 1.4 and 1.5 with the addition of version number, January 27, 2015
    • Avails spreadsheet template for Film. Version 1.5b (Excel)
    • Avails spreadsheet template for Film. Version 1.4c (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6, October 20 2014 (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film. Version 1.5, March 24, 2014 (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film. Version 1.4 (Excel)
  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film. Version 1.0a (Excel)

XML-based Avails Documentation

The XML version is proposed for use. It is more general and complete than the Excel version, but requires more advanced processing.


Pending Versions

Draft versions of XML and Excel specifications can be found here.