(modified former Question 5/9)
Continued studies on universal integrated receiver or set-top box for the
reception of advanced content distribution services include all aspects of a
universal integrated receiver or set-top box with connectivity to the home
network, including service definition, architecture, and specifications.
The future service environment will be both IP and broadcast based. It will
be highly interactive, and standardized technology will be critical in creating
a convenient and interoperable solution for the consumer.
Because there are many broadcast and IP services available, a variety of
functions will be required by devices in the home. Due to considerations of
consumer cost and convenience, it is desirable that these functions be
integrated into a single device. In order to provide this wide variety of
services in a manner that is acceptable to service providers, consumers, and
content providers, it is important to standardize a number of critical areas.
These include security, conditional access, protection against unauthorized
copying, protection against unauthorized redistribution (“redistribution
control”), device provisioning and management, quality of service, etc.
Furthermore, it can be foreseen that the various services within the scope of
Study Group 9, that home users will be able to access over the digital
television infrastructure may be based on various service platforms
(middle-wares) that support proprietary applications. An architecture would be
necessary to bundle these middle-wares and to assure cross-platform2 and
multi-platform3 operation among them. It would be very convenient to users if the
integrated receivers or set-top boxes would be designed to exchange middleware
dynamically and to navigate among applications that users can access, or at
least among the most widely employed ones.
- What architecture will be required for the next generation set top box (STB)?
- How will broadcast and IP based service reception, via connection to the
access network, be integrated into the next generation STB?
- What technologies will be required to accommodate service delivery over the
- What security, conditional access, protection against unauthorized copying or
redistribution is required for the next generation set top box?
- What provisioning and management tools will be required for the next
- What type of quality of service will be required for the next generation STB?
- What protocols will be required to enable the next generation STB to
interoperate with other devices in the home, including both IP and non-IP
- What technologies will be required to present services to consumers in the
next generation STB?
- What types of content management capabilities will be required for the next
- What provisions can be made in order that the integrated receiver or set-top
box may contain a facility to exchange middle-ware dynamically and to navigate
within an application and among applications. This would allow the
receiver/set-top box to properly operate with received services that reside in a
variety of platforms and applications, thus providing maximum operating
convenience to the home user.
- What enhancements to existing Recommendations are required to provide energy
savings directly or indirectly in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
or in other industries? What enhancements to developing or new Recommendations
are required to provide such energy savings?
Tasks include, but are not limited to the creation of an architecture document
describing interoperation among multiple applications and platforms by means of
converged mechanisms by 2009, and also the creation of one or more specification
documents by 2012.
An up-to-date status of work under this Question is contained in the
SG 9 Work Programme.
- J.190, J.191, J.192, J.112, J.122, and the J.200 series
- ISO/IEC, IETF and regional standardization bodies, e.g. SCTE, ETSI
1The ITU Terminology database defines “content” as “program material and related information of any variety”
2The term cross-platform refers to communications between different platforms within the home network environment, which have different applications residing within them. These communications are controlled by systems which primarily reside within one or more of the platforms.
3The term multi-platform refers to communications between different platforms, which have the same or similar applications. These communications are primarily controlled by systems within the operator’s network.