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04.25.2006
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
ITU forms IPTV focus group

The International Telecommunications Union, ITU, is creating a focus group on IPTV to advance international standardization for IPTV.

The move, announced April 13, follows an agreement reached at a public meeting April 4-5 of about 120 experts who affirmed the ITU’s role in the coordination of global IPTV standards. The first meeting of the focus group will be held in July.

The announcement is a reaction to an industry call for ITU to push forward and coordinate global standardization effort in the field.

IPTV is a system where a digital television service is delivered to consumers using Internet Protocol over a broadband connection.

The mission of IPTV FG is to coordinate and promote the development of global IPTV standards taking into account the existing work of the ITU study groups as well as other standards development organizations, forums and consortiums. The IPTV FG will:

  • Define IPTV
  • Review and do gap analysis of existing standards and ongoing works
  • Coordinate existing standardization activities
  • Harmonize the development of new standards
  • Encourage interoperability with existing systems where possible

For more information, visit www.itu.int.

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