Multimedia application platforms and end systems for IPTV
(Continuation of Question 13/16)Motivation
As the lead study group on multimedia coding, systems and applications, including ubiquitous applications, Study Group 16 meets the demands of a fast-evolving market by producing standards for multimedia communication systems that take advantage of both emerging and 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 new network technologies (including new generations of mobile networks), the desire and need for enhanced multimedia services have 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, amongst 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 inter alia middleware, applications, metadata, 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:
- metadata, i.e. the descriptive data about content and environment;
- service navigation, channel and menu processing;
- service discovery;
- content presentation and rich media;
- multimedia content delivery services such as VoD, linear TV and interactive services;
- enhanced user interaction in content delivery services and interactive services;
- multimedia content for IPTV from multiple sources and their integration;
- terminal devices for IPTV that support multiple sources of content and delivery, such as hybrid terminals;
- applications using IPTV, such as e-services (e.g. e-health and e-learning);
- audience measurement;
- IPTV middleware and application frameworks;
- required aspects of security on IPTV applications;
- IPTV end system and devices, and interworking between them (such as companion screen or multi-screen);
- conformance and interoperability of IPTV systems and services;
Tasks include, but are not limited to, the development of deliverables on the following areas:
- required aspects of IPTV end systems and devices;
- required aspects of platform and end system of IP-based TV-related multimedia services, such as Connected TV and Smart TV;
- required aspects of IPTV middleware, application and content platforms;
- required aspects of IPTV delivery;
- configuration of IPTV services;
- content adaptation for IPTV;
- IPTV service deployment scenarios;
- interface between content providers and service providers;
- IPTV audience measurement, including the use of video sensors;
- IPTV widgets and widget service;
- multiple IPTV terminal devices, their interworking and multi-device services;
- IPTV Terminal device models, including mobile model and virtualized model;
- multimedia application frameworks for IPTV;
- enhanced user interface for IPTV;
- 3D-IPTV services;
- IPTV metadata, including scene-based metadata;
- conformance and interoperability testing on IPTV;
- enhancement and maintenance of ITU‑T H.700-series, T.170-series, T.180 and H-series Supplement 3.
An up-to-date status of work under this Question is found in the SG16 work programme
- F, G, H, I, Q, T, V, X, Y-series Recommendations under the responsibility of SG16
- All Questions of Study Group 16
- ITU‑T SGs 2, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 20
- ITU‑R SG5 and SG6
- ATIS, CTA (ex CEA), DLNA, Broadband Forum, DVB, ARIB, ABNT, ATSC, APT, HGI, OASIS, WHO, Personal Connected Health Alliance (Continua), DTG
- ISO, IEC, ISO/IEC, ETSI, IETF, W3C