ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum Completes Phase 1 Work

Friday, April 17th, 2009
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WASHINGTON, DC – The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced today the release of five new standards – establishing IPTV’s foundational framework – created by ATIS’ IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF).

The completion of these documents signals the conclusion of “Phase 1” of the IIF’s three-phased Work Plan. Phase 1 completes the IIF’s standardization of linear television service (i.e. basic television) over an IP network.

Work has already begun on the IIF’s Phase 2, which will enable interactive services, including on-demand applications and pay-per-view programming. The IIF’s Phase 3, targeted to commence in 2011, will focus on IPTV’s most demanding applications, such as multi-party video conferencing and next-generation gaming.

The recently-completed Phase 1 documents are:

  • IPTV Linear TV Service (ATIS-0800018), which establishes IPTV’s fundamental building blocks for expansion into more advanced services, including pay-per-view and next-generation gaming.
  • IPTV Consumer Domain Device Configuration Metadata (ATIS-0800022), which specifies the data structures (metadata) required to provide basic information needed to acquire IPTV content.
  • Media Formats and Protocols for IPTV Services (ATIS-0800013), which is a comprehensive listing of the protocols and media formats required for the implementation of IPTV-related services.
  • IPTV Terminal Metadata Specification (ATIS-0800029), which defines the data structure that facilitates the exchange of user-related data and the IPTV devices
  • Fault Codes for IPTV (ATIS-0800028), which includes a categorized listing of fault codes for IPTV functions and components.

“The IIF’s completion of Phase 1 work is a significant step-forward towards enabling tomorrow’s innovative IPTV ecosystem,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “Representing the IPTV ecosystem’s companies, the IIF has distinguished itself as a leader in IPTV interoperability standards development. Going forward, the IIF’s open, pragmatic approach will ensure it continues to lead in this paradigm-shifting technology’s realization.”

These new standards are available through the ATIS Document Center. The Document Center is the leading, online resource to published and pre-published telecommunication standards, as well as technical reports, requirements and guidelines produced by ATIS-sponsored industry forums and committees.

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