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.


Excel Avails

Excel Spreadsheet

  • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.7.2, August 24, 2017 (Excel)
  • Change Log including older versions and full history (HTML)
  • Previous Version, still in use
    • Avails spreadsheet template for Film and TV, Version 1.6e2, January 20, 2016 (Excel)

XML Avails

Specification

  • EMA Content Availability Metadata, TR-META-AVAIL, Version 2.3, December 14, 2017 (PDF)
    • Specification showing changes from version 2.2 (PDF)

Schema

Release History

XML Release History (HTML)

Validator (XML and Excel)

White Paper on Identifiers

A Short Guide to Identifiers for the Digital Supply Chain, December 13, 2017

This document is a summary of how ALIDs, ContentID and EIDR are used in the digital supply chain. It explains key characteristics of each identifier, the roles each is intended to serve, and the interconnections between them. It also provides examples of how to construct ALIDs and ContentIDs from other preexisting IDs, such as an internal house ID or EIDR ID, as well as best practices and guidance for a few common use cases.


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


Pending Versions

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