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ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum Completes Phase 1 Work

April 17, 2009, Washington, DC - The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) announced today the release of five new standards – establishing IPTV’s foundational framework – created by ATIS’ IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF).

The completion of these documents signals the conclusion of “Phase 1” of the IIF’s three-phased Work Plan. Phase 1 completes the IIF’s standardization of linear television service (i.e. basic television) over an IP network.

Work has already begun on the IIF’s Phase 2, which will enable interactive services, including on-demand applications and pay-per-view programming. The IIF's Phase 3, targeted to commence in 2011, will focus on IPTV's most demanding applications, such as multi-party video conferencing and next-generation gaming.

The recently-completed Phase 1 documents are:

“The IIF’s completion of Phase 1 work is a significant step-forward towards enabling tomorrow’s innovative IPTV ecosystem,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “Representing the IPTV ecosystem’s companies, the IIF has distinguished itself as a leader in IPTV interoperability standards development. Going forward, the IIF’s open, pragmatic approach will ensure it continues to lead in this paradigm-shifting technology’s realization.”

These new standards are available through the ATIS Document Center at: The Document Center is the leading, online resource to published and pre-published telecommunication standards, as well as technical reports, requirements and guidelines produced by ATIS-sponsored industry forums and committees.

ATIS IIF Mission Statement
The IIF enables the interoperability, interconnection, and implementation of IPTV systems/services by developing ATIS standards and facilitating related technical activities. This forum will place an emphasis on North American and ATIS Member Company needs in coordination with other regional and international standards development organizations.

About ATIS
ATIS is the leading technical planning and standards development organization committed to the rapid development of global, market-driven standards for the information, entertainment and communications industry. More than 300 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ 20 Committees, covering issues including: IPTV, Service Oriented Networks, Home Networking, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address emerging industry priorities including “Green”, IP Downloadable Security, Next Generation Carrier Interconnect, IPv6 and Convergence.

ATIS is the North American Organizational Partner for the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a member and major U.S. contributor to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio and Telecommunications’ Sectors, and a member of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL). For more information, please visit