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The OIPF (Open IPTV Forum) has announced the publication of Release II of its global end-to-end specifications for IPTV. This is a major step forward for end-to-end interoperability within the IPTV ecosystem.
includes an evolution of functionality across many areas of the Release I Specifications, with notable enhancements of major functional areas.
In parallel with the development of Release II specifications, OIPF work since the publication of Release I in 2009 has included a broadening of scope to include a range of supporting activities. In particular, the Forum has defined usage Profiles and undertaken interoperability testing using Forum-defined test specifications, and is currently completing definition of a Certification Program which will provide further confidence to Service Providers in architecting their IPTV solutions.
Chao Hu, President of the OIPF, was quick to acknowledge the efforts
made by the Forum members in reaching this milestone:
"Our aim has always been to stimulate the creation of a true mass market for IPTV, and the publication of Release II of the Forum specifications represents another major step towards this goal. 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 organisations who have contributed so effectively to the development of Release II".
For those who are not familiar with the term - IPTV (Internet Protocol Television or Interactive Personalised Television) is a system where a digital television service is delivered using Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure, which may include delivery by a broadband connection.
For those attending IBC in Amsterdam, the OIPF will demonstrate elements of the end-to-end IPTV system assembled for the NIMS evaluation process. To see the OIPF specifications in action, please visit the OIPF during IBC at booth #401 in Hall 9, the Connected World pavilion. Also at IBC, the latest OIPF developments will be discussed during the Connected World Business Briefing sessions on Saturday 11thSeptember at 1400 and Monday 13th September at 1300.