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Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) Focus Group Proceedings

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The mission of IPTV Focus Group is to coordinate and promote the development of global IPTV standards, taking into account the existing work of the ITU study groups as well as Standards Developing Organizations, Fora and Consortia. These proceedings follow the ITU-T IPTV meeting, which set out to define IPTV; carry out a review and gap analysis of existing standards and ongoing work; coordinate existing standardization activities; harmonize the development of new standards and encourage the interoperability with existing systems.

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Overview of FG IPTV

The TSB Circular Letter 71 of 3 February 2006, the TSB Director's open consultation meeting on IPTV standardization took place in Geneva, 4-5 April 2006. Many experts in the field attended this consultation meeting and highlighted that some of the IPTV services have been deployed or are to be deployed in many countries but all based on ad hoc solution and lacking interoperability, thus the urgent need for creation of set of globally acceptable standards. It was also recognized that many ITU-T study groups have done work or had ongoing work on IPTV related topics; that various regional organizations have already accomplished a lot of work on IPTV; that ITU is an excellent place to initiate, coordinate and harmonize global activities for IPTV standards; that the involvement of other standards development organizations and fora working on IPTV is important; and that the relation between IPTV and NGN needs to be taken into account.

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