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Yahoo Connected TV TV App Acceptance Criteria

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Contents
Legal Notices........................................................................................... 2 Introduction............................................................................................. 4 Overview.................................................................................................. 5
TV App Metadata...................................................................................................5 Testing Information.............................................................................................. 6

TV App Test Cases............................................................................... 10


Test Case Template............................................................................................ 10 Common Test Cases for your Consideration.................................................. 11

TV App Updates.................................................................................... 14 Acceptance Criteria.............................................................................. 17


Application Criteria.............................................................................................17 Stability Criteria.................................................................................................. 20 Usability Criteria................................................................................................. 21 Internationalization Criteria............................................................................... 23 TV App Approval Process................................................................................. 23

Addendum: How to Obtain an Encryption Registration Number (ERN)...................................................................................................... 24

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Introduction
Thank you for your interest in TV Apps! We encourage you to use these TV App Acceptance Criteria for the development of optimal TV Apps for the Yahoo Connected TV Platform where apps can take advantage of the connectivity, resolution, and computing speed of connected television devices. TV Apps enable consumers to engage in a variety of experiences, such as watching videos, tracking their favorite stocks or sports teams, interacting with friends, and staying current on news and information. Viewers are able to use these apps to deepen their enjoyment of the programming they are watching, discover new content and services, and share their favorites with friends and family. TV Apps can be personalized because they are based upon popular Internet services such as Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Flickr, and Yahoo Sports that viewers have customized for use in their daily lives. These TV App Acceptance Criteria will ensure your apps can be successfully deployed on a widearray of consumer electronic devices. These consumer electronic devices could include: Digital TVs, set top boxes, DVD players, Blu-ray players, DVRs and other media devices in the home. The Yahoo Connected TV Platform allows developers to write apps using JavaScript and XML. Yahoo also provides consumers with Yahoo-branded apps that are customized based on its category-leading Internet services. TV Apps rely on the media player and APIs resident on each consumer electronic device for playing video. You will need to work with the device partner-specific consumer electronic devices to understand their media player capabilities for video playback. To move smoothly through the quality assurance (QA) process and ensure the earliest possible publication date, you must meet these Acceptance Criteria prior to app submission. Keep in mind, bugs and design defects in your app cause a fix and retest cycle that can add weeks to QA approval. Regards, Yahoo Connected TV team

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Overview
The latest version of this document is posted at http://developer.yahoo.com/connectedtv/. Online you will find both Microsoft Word (.doc) and a Rich Text Format (.rtf) versions. This document describes the criteria we will use to ensure your TV App is ready for publication in the Yahoo Connected TV Store. We call these criteria the Acceptance Criteria for TV Apps. Once you have completed testing your TV App, you can submit it to the Yahoo Connected TV Store. Both Yahoo and device partners review your TV App using these Acceptance Criteria, and when ready, approve your TV App for distribution in the TV Store. See the TV App Approval Process Overview. Submit this information, together with your production-ready TV App implementation, so the review process can begin.

TV App Metadata
This section describes the TV App metadata in the widget.xml file that identifies your TV App and will be visible in the Settings sidebars About page. These fields are required and should be the same as those found in the widget.xml file. Please enter the following information: TV App Name TV App Version TV App ID Author Company

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Testing Information
This section describes the testing information required to properly test your TV App. Please enter the following information:

TV App Description
Please provide a brief description of your TV App, what does it do? Why will consumers find it interesting? TV App Description

What will consumers find interesting about your app?

TV App Features
The features of your app are the distinguishing characteristics or discrete functions that can be exercised by the consumer using your app. Each feature of your app must be able to be functionally tested, answering the question: Does this feature work? Please list each feature of your TV App below: 1) 2) 3) 4) TV App Features 5) 6) 7) 8) 9)

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Test Account Information


What test accounts have been created so that QA can operate your TV App? Please check the box if no test accounts are required, otherwise, enter username/password combinations and other relevant information here: Username Test Account Information No Test Accounts Required Password Other Information

IP Filtered Content
If your content is IP filtered contact yctvsupport@yahoo-inc.com to retrieve IP addresses for whitelisting. Is your Content IP Filtered? Not IP Filtered IP Filtered

Supported Countries
List the countries in which your TV App is supported: Supported Countries US, North America, all EU countries, Worldwide

Global Distribution Restrictions


Please indicate if content rights prevent global distribution of your TV App. List the countries that are NOT PERMITTED to show your TV App: Restricted Countries US, North America, all EU countries, Worldwide

Localization
Specify the languages your TV App supports: Arabic Bulgarian Catalan Chinese Croatian Dutch English Estonian Finnish French Hungarian Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Romansh Slovak Slovenian Spanish Swedish Thai

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Czech Danish

German Greek

Lithuanian Norwegian

Russian Serbian

Turkish Vietnamese

Other Supported Languages

Export Compliance
Does the app use or contain any encryption? An app is considered to use encryption, whether or not the encryption is included in the app itself. For instance, an app that uses the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to encrypt user communications between client and server where SSL is implemented using algorithms in the platform and SSL key management is provided by consumers mobile device would need to check the Contains/Uses Encryption box below. Does the app use or contain any encryption?

No Encryption

Contains/Uses Encryption

If you answered Contains/Uses Encryption above, does the app meet the following criteria? Encryption is only used for authentication (password protection, digital signatures), copy protection, and/or anti-virus protection. Encryption is designed for and exclusively limited to piracy and theft prevention; games; music/digital photos/movie players, recorders, and organizers; or imaging and video recording or playback. Encryption key lengths do not exceed 64 bits symmetric or 768 bits asymmetric and/or 128 bits elliptic curve.

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

If you answered No to any of the criteria above, please obtain and provide an Encryption Registration Number (ERN) from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS). See the section Addendum: How to Obtain an ERN for additional instructions and contact information.

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Supported Device Partners


List the device partner platforms on which your TV App should be distributed. The default is All Device Partners. Supported Device Partners All Device Partners

TV-Specific Testing
Specify the TVs you have tested:
LG Samsung Sony Vizio Toshib a None Other s

Yahoo Connected TV Platform (Engine) Version (on the TVs and not the Simulator)
Bring up the dock and launch the TV Store. Press the GREEN key on the remote control or select the Settings button in the global toolbar at the bottom of the app. Select the App Software button. Below, please specify the version of the Yahoo Connected TV Platform on the tested TVs (not on the Simulator): Yahoo Connected TV Platform Version

Application Framework Version (on the TVs and not the Simulator)
Using the same process as above, bring up the dock and launch the TV Store. Press the GREEN key on the remote control or select the Settings button in the global toolbar at the bottom of the app. Select the App Software button. Below, please specify the version of the Application Framework on the tested TVs (not on the Simulator): Application Framework Version

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TV App Test Cases


Complete this section when you are submitting a new app. When updating previously submitted apps, skip to the TV App Updates section. Please provide a short set of test cases for QA purposes. These test cases are mandatory for Yahoo QA and device partners to be able to test the primary flows through your app. A Sample Test Case is provided, below the Test Case Template, to give you an example of the level of detail required by QA.

Help Speed Up the QA Process


Apps with the best test case descriptions move through the TV App QA Process more quickly!

INSTRUCTIONS
Copy/Duplicate the Test Case Template to provide a test case(s) for each feature and each sidebar in your app. Include instructions for setting up the test, executing the test, and verifying the tests expected results. Be sure to indicate what user interface controls are manipulated, what data should be entered, and what should be displayed onscreen.

Test Case Template


Use this template for each test case.

Sidebar Feature 1
Setup
Button Click-Stream o Which app user interface controls must be selected prior to the test? Data Setup o What data setup is required for the test? App State o What app state must be entered before the test starts? o What does the user interface look like prior to the test?

Execution
Basic Flow o What are the events of the test case without errors or exceptions? Button Click-Stream o What buttons should be clicked? Data Entry o What data should be entered?

Expected Results
UI Results o What does the user interface look like after the test? Data Results o What is the resulting data?

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Sample Test Case : Home Sidebar


Setup
Requires network connectivity and access to http://www.mycompany.com/servers Requires whitelisting the test IP addresses.

Execution
Launch the app from its bookmark in the dock, the Home Sidebar is displayed. The user scrolls through the grid using the left and right arrow keys on the remote control. Selecting a cell in the grid using the remote control shall return a list of episodes in the Episodes Sidebar.

Expected Results
The Home Sidebar is displayed. Focus is on the header at the top of the sidebar where the app logo is displayed. Below the header is a 2x2 grid filled with highlighted videos. Below the featured highlighted videos is an alphabetically ordered grid of all of the videos being tracked. Below the 2x2 grid are buttons for Latest Videos, Popular Videos, and Friends Videos. Selecting the Latest Videos or Popular Videos buttons returns the Video List Sidebar.

Common Test Cases for your Consideration


Review the following list of common test cases and include those required by your app. Login/Logout Account Setup Account Deactivation Add a Bookmark Delete a Bookmark Media Playback
Free media Premium media Fullscreen support Dock overlay support User stops playback or presses the back key during video playback User initiates a search and selects a displayed result User experiences a loss of Internet connectivity Describe all dialogs and user interactions User saves preferences List all edit, save, and retrieval states User creates a 2nd profile and changes preferences User activates back button from each sidebar Describe expected back button behavior for all sidebar and fullscreen states.

Stored User Preferences


-

Support of Multiple Profiles


-

Back Button Behavior


-

Video Event Handling


-

Search
-

Adding/Editing Content View Albums, Display Photos


List the expected grid content

Network Disconnected State

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[Test Case Home Sidebar]


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Execution

Expected Results

[Sidebar Feature 1]
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[Sidebar Feature 2]
Setup

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Expected Results

[Sidebar Feature n]
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[Fullscreen Feature 1]
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[Fullscreen Feature 2]
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[Fullscreen Feature n]
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Expected Results

TV App Updates
Complete this section when you are submitting an updated app with new features and bug fixes.

INSTRUCTIONS
List what is brand new in this app. List updated features that may require re-testing. Create new test cases, or update existing test cases, for new features and big fixes.

New Features
Please list each new feature of your TV App: 1)

2) New Features

3)

4)

Updated Features
Please list each updated feature of your TV App. Include any changes that may affect areas of the app that have already been tested. 1)

2) Updated Features

3)

4)

[Updated Test Case Home Sidebar]


Setup

Execution

Expected Results

[Updated Sidebar Feature 1]


Setup

Execution

Expected Results

[Updated Sidebar Feature 2]


Setup

Execution

Expected Results

[Updated Sidebar Feature n]


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[Updated Fullscreen Feature 1]


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[Updated Fullscreen Feature 2]


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[Updated Fullscreen Feature n]


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Execution

Expected Results

Acceptance Criteria
This section describes the criteria that TV Apps must pass to gain entry into the Yahoo Connected TV Store.

INSTRUCTIONS
Check the box in the leftmost column when the criterion has been successfully tested. Check the not applicable box (N/A) if a criterion has not been met (by design), and provide an explanation in the comments column.

You must fill out the following sections: Application to verify metadata, assets, and implementation criteria. Stability to verify resource management, as in CPU, memory, and execution duration. Usability to verify computer-human interaction conventions, multimedia experiences, and graceful failures. International to verify localization support if applicable.

Application Criteria
This section describes the application-level acceptance criteria.
Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

Bug Free

Apps should contain no known bugs nor open issues. Apps should be no more than 2MB unzipped on disk. This value should be directly measurable in the WDK using the du command. The TV App ID in the widget.xml file must be unique. Do not use capital letters in the TV App ID. We recommend using a reverse domain name appended with meaningful sub-domains, for example:
<identifier>com.yourcompany.ap ps.tv.news</identifier>

Max Size

TV App (Widget) ID

The TV App ID should not change when updating to a newer TV App Version.

Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

TV App (Widget) Version

A TV App Version must be at minimum three integers separated by periods: major number, minor number, and micro number, for example:
<version>0.9.5</version>

A TV App Version must increase with each updated version (for example, 1.0.0 to 1.0.1) and not regress (for example, 1.0.0 to 0.0.9). Author Name The Author Name entered in the app upload tool will be displayed in the Yahoo Connected TV Store. This is the publicly displayed text. The Author Company entered in the app upload tool will be displayed in the Yahoo Connected TV Store. This is the publicly displayed text. The description entered in the app upload tool will be displayed in the Yahoo Connected TV Store. This is the publicly displayed text. For display in the Yahoo Connected TV Store an app icon and a sidebar/bookmark display are required. The app icon is 44x44 pixels. Refer to the Quick Start Guide for instructions on how to generate these TV Store Display Images. The app icon should be defined in the widget.xml file and located in the
Contents/Images/960x5 0/

Author Company

Store TV App Description

TV Store Display Images : Store Icon File / Store Image File

directory, for example:


<image!usage"#960x5 0.icon#! src"#Images/960x5 0/xxx.png#/>

Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

TV App (Widget) File (zipped)

The app must be zipped with the following naming convention:


identifier-version.widget The identifier and version

number in the zipped filename matches the identifier and version number in the widget.xml file. No Extra Files Zipped The app must be zipped without extra files, for example there should be no invisible files (starting with . or .$ ) nor %&um's.d' files on Windows nor .()$)tore files and $$*+C,)folders on Mac. The images bundled with an app should only be those required for backgrounds, controls, branding, or the no-network state. Other images should be fetched dynamically and displayed (not stored). Developers should work to minimize persistent storage use as there are limited write-cycles on the flash memory array. Apps must be primary/single-function applications. Do not create a launcher with sub-applications. Create separate apps for each application. Apps must have a bookmark and a sidebar state at minimum.

No Extra Images

Minimize Persistent Storage

Primary / Singlefunction

Bookmark and Sidebar Required No Synchrono us Calls No!eval./

Apps must not make synchronous calls.

Use of the eval./ function in apps is prohibited.

Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

No Obsolete APIs No ThirdParty Developme nt Tools No XML Schema Privacy Policy

Use of obsolete APIs in apps is prohibited.

The inclusion of third-party development tools in your app code is prohibited.

XML Schema files (.xsd) are prohibited. Developers must provide easy access to a privacy policy from within the app, including either the full text of the policy or a URL to the policy online.

Stability Criteria
This section describes the stability acceptance criteria.
Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

Stability

The app should not crash, nor cause the application engine or device to crash. Apps must be able to run for 24 hours without memory leaks or crashes. Apps must perform well during stress tests (for example, downloading images) in a test bed with other running apps that consume system resources. Apps must not compromise the user experience, and should be designed to optimize CPU utilization. TV platforms are very limited in system resources. Apps must be designed as light client applications and minimize memory utilization.

Optimize CPU Utilization Minimize Memory Utilization

Usability Criteria
This section describes the usability acceptance criteria.
Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

Remote Keys

Trapping and releasing remote keys (such as numeric keys) should only be used when numeric entry in the sidebar is required. Navigation speed, page refreshes, and general UI responsiveness is comparable to Yahoo standard apps. The main bookmark should not launch into fullscreen. Audio should not run in the sidebar. Audio is always presented in a fullscreen view. Video should not run in the sidebar. Video can be resized to an optimal setting, but is always presented in a fullscreen view. Video displayed in viewport mode is not distorted, cut-off or significantly impacted. If a viewport is used in a fullscreen state, video is displayed optimally. Note: the video viewport display is dependent on a particular device partners media player. Video apps must appropriately handle the )%,0 and on0laylist1nd! events and lock 2,3tx.application.previous4iew./. See this TV App Developer Forum post for sample code. Video apps must provide closed captioning as per all regulations.

UI Responsiv eness Fullscreen Launch Audio in Fullscreen

Video in Fullscreen

Viewport Video

Video Events

Closed Captions

Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

Disconnect ed State

When the network is down or the server cannot be accessed, apps must support an offline state and actively recover when re-entering the online state. Apps need to timeout gracefully. Timeouts should happen within a minute or less. The screensaver timeout must be implemented for the fullscreen view if there is no user-interaction. The screensaver timeout should be triggered appropriately and cleared when user interaction occurs. For video apps, the screensaver timeout is handled by the KONtx Framework. An About page in the App Settings sidebar is required. Use the toolbox control 2,3tx.views.+'out5ox to implement the About page. The App Settings sidebar is access by the Green key on the remote control or through the global toolbar. The values for app author, version, and contact information are required. For users with questions about this app, a customer care contact (email or web address) is required. Focus must never be lost regardless of the apps state. Ensure that the app uses either the KONtx Framework focus methods or a custom focus method in the sidebar and fullscreen states. Apps that require sign-in or a PIN entry to connect to a remote server must provide the option to sign-in.

Timeout Gracefully

Screensav er Support

Settings Page

Focus

Sign-in Dialog

Internationalization Criteria
This section describes the internationalization acceptance.
Check when Complete

Name

Description

N/A

Comments if Not Compliant or Exemption Requested

Localization

It is strongly recommended that apps support internationalization. All text strings within an app should have calls to localized string functions. An app can be viewed in multiple languages appropriately.

TV App Approval Process


By submitting this form you are acknowledging that the specified TV App has been tested and meets these TV App Acceptance Criteria, and where there are exceptions, they are noted. Both Yahoo and the device partners review your TV App using these Acceptance Criteria, and when ready, approve your TV App for distribution in the Yahoo Connected TV Store. Yahoo will confirm receipt and acceptance of this document and your TV Apps entry into the Yahoo QA process. Yahoo will provide periodic updates on QAs progress, including communication of bug lists, Yahoo QA approval, and entry/feedback from the device partner QA teams.

See the TV App Approval Process Overview for more details. For any questions or status requests please contact us at yctvsupport@yahoo-inc.com.

Addendum: How to Obtain an Encryption Registration Number (ERN)


The U.S. Commerce Departments Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) requires an ERN as a precondition to making certain encryption-controlled applications available for export, including those released over the Internet. Before your TV App can be published in the Yahoo Connected TV Store, you must obtain an ERN and provide it to Yahoo. To request an ERN, please follow these steps: 1. Obtain a user account on the BIS Simplified Network Application Process Redesign (SNAP-R) system and a Company Identification Number (CIN) by visiting: http://www.bis.doc.gov/snap/pinsnapr.htm 2. Once you have access to SNAP-R, follow the instructions under How To File an Encryption Registration (see the first five paragraphs) at: http://www.bis.doc.gov/encryption/question3_sub.htm There is no fee for obtaining a SNAP-R account or ERN, but please allow plenty of time to complete these governmental administrative processes. For questions and additional information regarding SNAP-R access, please contact the BIS SNAP-R Help Desk at snapr@bis.doc.gov or (202) 482-2227.