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WAVE Project

The WAVE (Web Application Video Ecosystem) Project, hosted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, aims to improve how internet-delivered commercial video is handled on consumer electronics devices and to make it easier for content creators to distribute video to those devices.

The project focuses on commercial internet video and web applications, and developing interoperability tools for global compatibility.

Generally, the WAVE Project will not create new protocols or other standards, instead referencing accepted industry standards where possible, such as HTML5, MSE/EME, DASH and HLS.

In addition, a complete, normative streaming player environment specification and interoperability tests are essential for quickly deploying internet-delivered 4K Ultra HD content in quantity and to enable the broadest deployment of full-HD services.


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Get Involved

Participants in the WAVE Project include leaders in content, infrastructure, technology and displays.

The WAVE Project is global in both reach and participation. Any company with a material interest in over-the-top video can participate, regardless of your headquarters location.

(NOTE: To allow for free and open discussion in meetings, members of the press are not allowed to participate in the WAVE Project.)

Contact us to join, or to receive more information on the WAVE Project.

Join the Content Specification Task Force

This group will identify requirements on content streams, centering their work on the MPEG CMAF proposal and work in progress, plus test suites to validate content streams against these requirements.

Join the HTML5 API Task Force

This group will identify requirements for the HTML5 app environment on the device side, plus test suites to check device user agents against these requirements.  

Join the Device Playback Capabilities Task Force

This group will identify requirements for hardware capabilities to support the APIs, plus test suites to verify device behavior against these requirements.  

The WAVE Project Objectives

  • Reference specifications in “profiles,” or standards that identify the necessary elements from the various industry groups responsible for the different elements of the end-to-end video equation.
  • Develop interoperability tools for the industry to ensure solid compatibility for devices and reduced complexity and uncertainty for content companies. 
  • Develop an HTML5-based reference platform for testing.
View the Rules of Procedure that the WAVE Project operates under. (PDF)