VISNET is a European Network of Excellence funded under the 6th framework programme. Its strategic objectives are revolving around its integration, research and dissemination activities. VISNET aims to create a sustainable world force of leading research groups in the field of networked audiovisual (AV) media technologies applied to home platforms. The member institutions have grouped together to set up a network of excellence with a clear vision for integration, research and dissemination plans. The research activities within VISNET will cover several disciplines related to networked AV systems and home platforms.