OKI completes IPv6-based 4K video distribution trial

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

OKI Successfully Completes IPv6-based Video Distribution Trials Using the OKI MediaServer in Singapore and the Philippine

  • Other trials verify state-of-the art IPTV technologies to promote ITU-T IPTV Standards

TOKYO — OKI Electric Industry (TOKYO:6703) recently concluded successful trials based on the OKI MediaServer video distribution system as part of efforts to promote ITU-T IPTV Standards. These trials involved the distribution of IPv6-based video to Singapore and Philippines, regions where IPv6 has yet to be adopted; the distribution of 4K video content based on state-of-the-art IPTV technologies; and feasibility confirmation for new IPTV applications allowing collaborative linking to services available on the Internet.

The trials were performed using the ITU IPTV IPv6 Global Testbed (“testbed” hereafter), an experimental environment that uses OKI MediaServer to distribute content created by Hokkaido Television Broadcasting (HTB) based on the Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) standard. Previous trials distributed video content to the ITU-T Headquarters in Switzerland and to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The latest trials distributed video to Singapore and the Philippines, regions that have yet to fully adopt IPv6. The trials took place over the three-day period from February 5 to 7, 2013, as part of the Sapporo Snow Festival Video Distribution Trial hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT, President: Dr. Hideo Miyahara).

Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU: “ITU emphasizes the mainstreaming of accessibility considerations in the development of international standards (ITU-T Recommendations). This is especially important in the case of audiovisual media and ITU’s work on IPTV is an example of how accessible ICTs will reduce the impact of disability and increase social inclusion. Globally defined standards for IPTV by ITU-T Study Group 16 are key for interoperable, high quality, accessible content distribution over quality-managed networks.”

Andrea Saks, convener of the JCA-AHF, a key group on accessibility in ITU: “Audiovisual media accessibility is key to enabling the integration of persons with disabilities into society – especially today when new technologies bring so many opportunities. ITU’s standards process ensures that accessibility needs are met from the very beginning, as well the needs of the global multi lingual mainstream society – therefore avoiding costly retrofitting at a later date. The use of subtitling (or captioning as it is also known) in the experiment proves that captioning is not just for persons with disabilities, but for everyone.”

Cesar Pineda: Engineer, Associate Faculty Electronics, Computer and Communications Engineering (ECCE) Department. Ateneo de Manila University: “With the IPTV Testbed, our Ateneo de Manila University senior engineering students were able to do hands-on study and experiments on new TV network architecture, content creation and video distribution using OKI Mediaserver integrated platform for high quality video distribution over PLDT’s IP network The cooperation proves also that to develop a new integrative technology, an efficient industry- academe government collaboration helps accumulate knowledge, accelerate standardization/development of new technology and incubate business solution. We therefore thank the ATENEO-PLDT-NTT-OKI-ITU-ICTO international collaboration that happened.”