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Streamlining IPTV standards April 4, 2007

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Trends, Web Video.
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Television programming over computer networks using Internet protocol are showing signs of maturing. Major players in the Internet protocol television market are forming a consortium to develop standards for the format.

Founding members of the group called the Open IPTV Forum are AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic , Philips, Siemens, Samsung , Sony and Telecom Italia. Conspicuous by its absence is Microsoft. Also absent is Verizon, one of the largest IPTV providers.

Universal standards for Internet-delivered television could dramatically cut costs and drive consumer to accept the technology. The consortium plans to set requirements as well as architecture and protocol specifications by the end of this year.

The focus is on developing open standards to streamline and hasten IPTV deployments. This will benefit consumers, network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and infrastructure providers.

It’s a sign that telcos are maturing in their approach to the market. They recognize that to keep costs down and drive acceptance of their service, they need to put standards in place

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