OIPF Publishes Release 2 of its End-to-End Specifications for IPTV

--Singapore Government Project Recommends OIPF Specs

The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF)--an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services (founding members include Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Telecom Italia)--on Tuesday announced the publication of Release 2 of its global end-to-end specifications for IPTV. According to the organization, the Release 2 publication represents a major step forward for end-to-end interoperability within the IPTV ecosystem; and includes an evolution of functionality across many areas of its Release 1 specifications, with notable enhancements of major functional areas.

In parallel with the development of its Release 2 specifications, the OIPF says that its work since the publication of Release 1 back in 2009 has included a broadening of scope to include a range of supporting activities. In particular, the organization says, it has defined usage profiles and undertaken interoperability testing using Forum-defined test specifications, and is currently completing definition of a certification program that will provide "further confidence" to service providers in architecting their IPTV solutions. "Our aim has always been to stimulate the creation of a true mass market for IPTV, and the publication of Release 2 of the Forum specifications represents another major step towards this goal," OIPF president, Yun Chao Hu, said in a prepared statement. "The leadership of the Forum would like to express its gratitude to the member companies for their continuing commitment to our activities, and to the individuals from those organizations who have contributed so effectively to the development of Release 2."

Release 2 can be downloaded here.

In other OIPF news: The organization also said Tuesday that its IPTV specifications have been recommended by the Infocomm (IDA) and Media Development Authorities (MDA) of the Singapore government in the NIMS project. The latter was established to encourage an industry ecosystem for interactive multimedia applications and services, especially in the area of IPTV.

As part of an evaluation process, 10 OIPF members worked together to demo a representative end-to-end IPTV system in Singapore, which was intended to illustrate such varied requirements as end-user switching of service providers, content protection interoperability and rich interactive services. The organization says that the ability to see the OIPF specs in operation was critical to the evaluation performed by NIMS. "By building on the work of existing industry bodies such as CEA, DVB, ETSI, ITU-T and W3C, our members have produced an extremely comprehensive set of specifications providing interoperability for rich IPTV services across the entire value chain," the OIPF's Yun Chao Hu said in a prepared statement. "It is thrilling to be able to publicly announce this recommendation from the NIMS project."

The OIPF says that it will use the IBC (booth 401, Hall 9) to demo elements of the end-to-end IPTV system that its members assembled for the NIMS evaluation process.