Opera TV Snap Data Format Requirements

June 9th, 2016

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Opera TV Snap is an industry-first, end-to-end solution that allows content publishers to create and submit a Smart TV app to the Opera TV Store quickly and easily, for free. See the Opera TV Snap page for more details.


Specifications you should be aware of before preparing a video feed for the TV Snap Template:

Opera MRSS

For Opera TV Snap Template we use MRSS subset of tags.

  • MRSS may contain more tags than TV Snap Template supports, but they will be ignored.
  • For TV Snap 2.0 we don’t use any namespace in our feed parser, but media namespace is recommended for defining content.

Feed example

Required tags are:

  • <rss> as a top level tag.
  • One <channel> as a child of <rss>.
  • <channel> must contain <title> and at least one <item>.
  • Each <item> must be a child of <channel>.

Optional tags:

  • <link rel="next"> with proper href should point to the next page of results.
  • Tags like <title> or <description> and others not mentioned before won’t be used.

Feed structure:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<rss version="2.0">
		<item><!-- See example in next section --></item>
		<item><!-- … --></item>
		<!-- More items -->
		<link rel="next" href="[next results page]"/>

Item example

Required tags are:

  • <media:title>
  • <media:content> with correct url & type.
    • Content might also contain duration & bitrate attributes.
    • Duration should be set as a number of seconds.
    • For widest device support and best user experience use mp4 video type with bitrate up to 4000 kbit (see our Audio & Video Support).
  • <media:thumbnail> with correct url pointing to an image.
    • 256 × 144 px format is recommended (see Basics for more info)
    • If there is more than one thumbnail then best will be selected based on width attribute (if present).

Optional tags:

  • <media:category> will be used as a section name for videos.
    • There might be more than one category, but only first one will be used.
    • If category is empty or not set then category based on <pubDate> will be created (eg. “March 2016”).
  • <media:description> if exist it will be displayed as description for the video.
  • <pubDate> will be used to group videos if <category> is not set.
    • If there are less than 20 videos monthly then periods are merged (eg. January — March 2016).
    • This attribute is also used to create Most Recent category (latest 20 videos) — if not defined then category is hidden.

Item structure:

		Sam Smoothy Follows His Fathers
		Footsteps In The Andes | Lost…
		Many years ago, Sam Smoothy’s father
		climbed in the Andes mountains…
	<pubDate>Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:00:01 GMT</pubDate>
	<media:content url="video.mp4" type="video/mp4"
		bitrate="2200" duration="772"/>
	<media:thumbnail url="thumb.jpg" width="288" height="162"/>


Below is example application look with defined categories. Background and thumbnail of this app (right top corner) is provided through the submission panel and is not a part of Opera MRSS format.

Example of TV Snap application without defined categories.