The Open IPTV Forum is Born

I am glad to see industry leaders get together to form an association to help stear and develop IPTV standards. We don't need 20 different standards in different countries that will require different equipment depending where you. Let the service do the talking. Hopefully this will allow consumers not to get tied down to hardware and mini-monoplies.

The group will focus on development of open standards that could help to streamline and accelerate deployments of IPTV technologies, and help to maximize the benefits of IPTV for consumers, network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and infrastructure providers. While the industry is definitely in need of more cooperation, this will be a lofty goal for the above mentioned parties without the participation of other companies. While standardization bodies are already addressing specific elements of IPTV, the pan-industry Open IPTV Forum will work to aggregate today's standards into a complete delivery solution, with the goal of accelerating the full standardization of IPTV-related technologies. The Open IPTV Forum plans to establish requirements and architecture specifications as well as protocol specifications later in 2007.