Open IPTV Forum nears release of specifications

Meeting in Berlin this month, the Open IPTV Forum said it had finalized system and protocol specifications, which will be publicly available in November
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The pan-industry initiative known as the Open IPTV Forum is close to completing a specification aimed at allowing IPTV to develop into a mass market service, the group said Sept. 9.

Meeting at the headquarters of Sony Europe in Berlin Sept. 8-11, the Open IPTV Forum announced finalization of a number of detailed system and protocol specifications for its first release. The specifications are intended to allow deployment of interoperable IPTV networks and devices and lay out a path for future evolution.

The release covers audio and video media formats; content metadata; protocols for home networks, user network and network-to-network interfaces; declarative application environment; procedural application environment; and content and service protection. The specifications will be published on the group’s Web site in mid-November.

The forum also announced the addition of seven new members, including:

  • enCentro (Neuvex Lda Trading as enCentro Systems);
  • HwaCom Systems;
  • Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik;
  • Neotion;
  • Sigma Designs;
  • UTStarcom; and
  • WyPlay.

For more information, visit www.openiptvforum.org.