More than 1200 companies involved in the IPTV arena are meeting in South Korea this week to discuss the next phase of IPTV standards. The International Telecommunications Union, which just announced an initial round of standards in December, is guiding that effort. A chief topic of discussion is interoperability for equipment, software and applications, and though it may take about eight months for the next round of standards to be ready, there isn't expected to be a lot of in-fighting among the members standards committees. Part of the reason is the ITU's consensus-based approval process, rather than the traditional standards body reliance on majority votes. However, it's also true that the IPTV market is fast maturing, and in some respects, has moved ahead of the standards effort.
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- The ITU announced its first phase of IPTV standards last month