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ATIS IIF Issues Four New Metadata Standards Supporting Content on Demand

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ATIS IIF Issues Four New Metadata Standards Supporting Content on Demand

April 27, 2011Washington, DCATIS announced today the release of four new metadata standards created by ATIS’ IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), a global leader in IPTV standards development. These four standards provide the data structures (metadata) to support Content on Demand (CoD), which is the focus of the ATIS IIF’s Phase 2 work. Two of the standards are updated and extended to provide support for CoD applications and pay-per-view programming.

“These new and updated ATIS Standards provide enhancements and rich information regarding IPTV programming that, among other things, will give users the personal control they demand over their TV experience,” said Susan Miller, ATIS President and CEO. “In conjunction with other ATIS standards, they will be used to provide compelling and competitive service offerings through a dynamic range of consumer electronics equipment, including hand-held devices.”

The recently-completed metadata standards are:

  • IPTV Electronic Program Guide Metadata (ATIS-0800020.v002), which specifies the logical data model and delivery mechanisms for IPTV Electronic Program Guide (EPG) information to be delivered from EPG servers in the service provider domain to EPG clients in the consumer domain.
  • IPTV Consumer Domain Device Configuration Metadata (ATIS-0800022.v002), which specifies the metadata required to provide basic information needed to acquire IPTV content.
  • IPTV Media Bookmark Specification (ATIS-0800044), which specifies the logical data model for the creation and use of bookmarks for IPTV programs or IPTV content.
  • IPTV Electronic Program Guide Metadata for Light-Weight Devices (ATIS-0800046), which defines a subset of the EPG metadata model in ATIS-0800020, IPTV EPG Metadata Specification, which includes the most important elements and attributes of the full EPG metadata model but is small enough to be suitable for light-weight devices.

These new standards are available through the ATIS Document Center. 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.

The ATIS IIF’s Phase 3 work will focus on IPTV’s most demanding applications including Internet-sourced content, multi-screen content delivery, advanced advertising, notification services, an interactive program guide and next-generation gaming.

About the IPTV Interoperability Forum
The IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF) enables the interoperability, interconnection, and implementation of IPTV systems/services by developing ATIS standards and facilitating related technical activities. The IIF places 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 200 companies actively formulate standards in ATIS’ Committees, covering issues including: IPTV, Cloud Services, Energy Efficiency, IP-Based and Wireless Technologies, Quality of Service, Billing and Operational Support, Emergency Services, Architectural Platforms and Emerging Networks. In addition, numerous Incubators, Focus and Exploratory Groups address evolving industry priorities including Smart Grid, Machine-to-Machine, Networked Car, IP Downloadable Security, Policy Management and Network Optimization.

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). ATIS is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). For more information, please visit www.atis.org.


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