The OIPF (Open IPTV Forum) has announced the successful completion of its second Interoperability Event which culminated in demonstrations of end-to-end IPTV delivery across interoperable equipment and services from OIPF members.
The OIPF specifications segregate the IPTV delivery chain into three key areas: terminal, gateway and head-end. The terminal function was represented in the interoperability event by both set-top-boxes and television sets. These terminal devices notably included protected content delivery and a range of basic TV services, combined with rich interactive applications. The gateways provided crucial intermediary protocol translation, mediation and login (user personalisation) capabilities. Head-end provision covered the delivery of VOD (video on demand) and linear television, protected video content and multiple service provider “bouquets” of services and applications.
The successful combination of these different capabilities meant that the participating OIPF member companies were able to demonstrate the interoperability of their development products delivering the switching of service providers, protected VOD and linear TV content, and a wide range of services and applications, including rich web-based services/applications.