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Question 13

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: Tasks
Tasks include, but are not limited to, the development of deliverables on the following areas: An up-to-date status of work under this Question is found in the SG16 work programme
(http://itu.int/ITU-T/workprog/wp_search.aspx?sp=16&q=13/16).


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