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Standards organisations unite to drive connected home services

The explosions of networked TV and video products and services in the home has spurred a number of communications and TV standards bodies to come together to support their rapid development across an equally rapidly diversifying range of devices.

The Broadband Forum, DECT Forum, Home Gateway Initiative (HGI), Open IPTV Forum, Open Mobile Alliance and the Small Cell Forum say that they will come together to address the ever expanding range of computing and connected devices in the connected home environment.

They will aim to ensure that users in the home have quality of service regardless of the access method—i.e. 3G, UMTS, LTE, DSL, fibre, cable, and Wi-Fi— with ubiquitous access to converging services across devices in the home as well as seamless handover from one device to another in terms of service continuity.

Said Mohammed Dadas, representing the Open IPTV Forum continued "With device discovery, content distribution/transfer, and content protection, the home is creating a mass market for IPTV services of the future."

Going forward, the organisations will investigate how to further cooperate around shared interest areas, and look forward to continued development and promotion of emerging services in the home environment. One example cited is empowering users of devices in the home environment to exploit other capabilities such as centralised address books and access to rich multimedia content repositories.

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