These versions are drafts. Comments welcome.

Change lists can be found in each document.

Common Metadata and Media Entertainment Core

Nothign pending


Nothing pending


Nothing pending


Includes Excel, XML and Translation specs

Avails 1.7.3 and 2.3 add SVOD-related features with a strong emphasis on backwards compatibilty to TVOD 1.7.2. Some SVOD improvements might be used in future TVOD use cases.

NOTE: Avails Spreadsheet 1.7.2 published August 24, 2017

Presentation explaining SVOD changes, November 29, 2017 (PowerPoint, PDF)

XML Avails

Nothing pending

Excel 1.7.3

The following specfiication adds new features under discussion:

  • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 RELEASE CANDIDATE March 13, 2017 (Excel)
    • Older versions
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 December 14, 2017 (Excel)
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 December 7, 2017 (Excel)
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 November 29, 2017 (Excel)EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 DRAFT November 11, 2017 (Excel)
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 DRAFT September 8, 2017 (Excel)
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 DRAFT August 31, 2017 (Excel)
      • EMA Avails, Version 1.7.3 DRAFT (Excel)


  • New Fields
    • Director added for manual title matching
    • ContractStatus -- State of contract
    • Download -- Is download allowed
    • GroupingEntity -- Subscription Type/Channel -- Where is title listed
    • TerritoryExclusion -- Complement to Territory to list excluded territories. Used when list of excluded territories is much shorter than list of territories (e.g,. when just a few territories are excluded)
    • Licensee -- Indicates licensee associated with the Avail. Primary use case is when multiple licensees are combined on one spreadsheet.
    • EpisodeTitleID -- Title/Abstraction identifier for episode, typically an Abstration EIDR ID. (March 13 update)
  • Exclusivity. Exclusivity means many things. They are grouped here under general exclusivity and branding rights. The consensus is that it's useful to have a true/false exclusivity indicator, and there migth be other attributes for exclusivity. The model below reflects this.
    • Exclusivity (True/False) - Communicate whether the title/format/region/date (row in Excel) is exclusive to the indicated retailer
    • Exclusivity Attributes (String) - Communicate additional information about the scope of the exclusivity. Exclusive to on-line retailers? Exclusive across all channels except theatrical?
    • Branding Rights (True/False) - Communicate whether the row may be represented with retailer specific branding.
    • Branding Rights Attributes (String) - Communicate details about what may be presented with the content if desired. For example “Eric’s Great Video Store Original”
  • Improved timing
    • Added StartLag and EndLag to define a lag for a Start or End, respectively, that is defined as a condition (e.g., theatrical street date + 30 day lag)
    • Added duration of window (relative to start)
    • Allow "Immediate" and "Open" Start
  • Improved language handling
    • Added RequiredFulfillmentLanguages -- Languages (specific to sub and dub) that studio must provide
    • Added the ability to specify localization type (sub, dub, subdub, any) against any individual language in any language field.
  • Other
    • EpisodeCount changed from optional to required.
    • Corrected shading on some optional fields
    • Corrected XML for SeriesID, SeasonID, EpisodeID to reference either the EIDR element or AltIdentifier
    • Added 'AfterEST' LicenseType. This handles cases were a title was acquied under an EST license, but is no longer Avail'd for EST. The AfterEST LicenseType identifies titles that might still be in a library (including shared entitlement libraries) and can be fulfilled.
    • Clarified FormatProfile note to include this: " Note: For SVOD or AVOD, highest resolution should be listed and lower resolutions can be assumed." (updated March 13)
    • Miscellaneous corrections and clarifications

Translation Specification

  • Avails Version Mapping, v1.0 DRAFT: 24-May-2017[updated] (PDF, Word)