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Question 13/16

Question 13/16 - Multimedia application platforms and end systems for IPTV

(Continuation of Question 13/16)


As the lead study group on multimedia applications, terminals and systems, including ubiquitous applications, Study Group 16 continues to make advances in multimedia communication systems that are pertinent in the fast moving market and continues to respond to the demands of the market by taking advantage of emerging as well as existing technologies.

In this regard, Study Group 16 has been successful in producing numerous Recommendations that address topical areas such as multimedia terminal design, home networking, multimedia architecture, audiovisual communications, multimedia conferencing, media coding, multimedia content, multimedia security, metadata, multimedia directories, multimedia service description and multimedia delivery systems.

As broadband services over various access technologies have evolved and with the advent of the next generation network technology, the desire and need for the enhanced multimedia services has gained momentum and, as is typical when there is rapid evolution in a new technology area, proprietary multimedia service solutions precede standard interoperable solutions. Specifically with the surge of multimedia services such as video streaming and the desire to offer IPTV services, the market is in serious need of standardized interoperable solutions, especially at the multimedia applications layer. Interoperability will provide benefit for all the players in the value-chain, especially at the multimedia applications layer, and encourage growth of this market.

IPTV is a multimedia service encompassing television, video, audio, text, graphics and data delivered over IP based networks which are managed to provide the required level of QoS and QoE, security, interactivity and reliability. Standards for IPTV, especially those for application and terminal aspects, are of immediate relevance to ITU T in general and to Study Group 16 in particular. Study Group 16 is interested, among other things, in the associated multimedia (including IPTV) application and terminal aspects.

This Question is intended to produce deliverables related to study IPTV platforms, including, but not restricted to middleware, applications, content formats and their uses, which will facilitate effective and interoperable use of the IPTV systems.

Study items

Study items to be considered include, but are not limited to:


Tasks include, but are not limited to:

An up-to-date status of work under this Question is found in the SG 16 work programme (