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Standardization Activities for IPTV Set-Top Box Remote Management
May/June 2009 (vol. 13 no. 3)
pp. 32-39
Jun Shan Wey, Nokia Siemens Networks
Joachim Lüken, Nokia Siemens Networks
Jürgen Heiles, Nokia Siemens Networks
IPTV services are gaining widespread use, requiring service providers to have effective methods for remotely configuring and managing IPTV set-top boxes (STBs). Solutions for such remote management are becoming standards-based. This article examines published specifications and ongoing activities on IPTV STB remote management in four standards organizations: the Broadband Forum, the Digital Video Broadcasting Project, the Open IPTV Forum, and the Alliance for Telecommunication Industry Solutions IPTV Interoperability Forum. The authors compare the protocol and data model definitions, investigate interoperability test events, and comment on possible future directions for standardization.

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Index Terms:
IPTV, set-top box, remote management
Jun Shan Wey, Joachim Lüken, Jürgen Heiles, "Standardization Activities for IPTV Set-Top Box Remote Management," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 32-39, May-June 2009, doi:10.1109/MIC.2009.69
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