AT&T, Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, and Telecom Italia announced yesterday 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. But as many have said, where is Microsoft and Alacatel-Lucent? Both them are key suppliers in many of the rollouts mentioned above.
Initially the Forum will consist of the founding member companies mentioned above, but will be open for other companies at a later date.
The group 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. While the industry is definitely in need of more cooperation, this will be a lofty goal for the above mentioned parties without the participation of other companies.