Industry Leaders Form Consortium to Develop End-to-End Specification for IPTV

AT&T Inc., Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens Networks, Sony, and Telecom Italia today announced the founding of the Open IPTV Forum, an industry consortium that will work to define an interoperable end-to-end specification for delivery of IPTV services.

The release says that the forum, which is fully open to participation across the communications and entertainment industries, will focus on development of open standards that could help to streamline and accelerate deployments of IPTV technologies, and help to maximize the benefits of IPTV for consumers, network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and infrastructure providers.

As with any organization or association, I’m skeptical only because we have seen so many of these types of groups launch with big fanfare but they end up having little impact on the industry. Many don’t end up actually doing anything or get so caught up in their own internal politics that they can’t get out of their own way. That being said, I give these companies credit for joining together to try and accomplish something instead of just sitting on the side and doing nothing. I hope to see them succeed.

Other companies in the online video industry should take note. There is no where near enough co-opetition going on amongst vendors in this industry which in many cases is just short sighted thinking. There are way too many important decisions being made about our industry, by those outside our industry.