Thomson joins IPTV Forum

Thomson has become the latest consumer electronics manufacturer to join the Open IPTV Forum. Ericsson, France Telecom, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Siemens, Sony, and Telecom Italia formed the pan-industry initiative in 2007. Its purpose is to produce end-to-end specifications for IPTV users without concern for underlying technologies.

“We see the Open IPTV Forum as the right body to be developing these standards, with a critical mass of key players behind it” said Patrick Montliaud, Senior Vice President of Thomson’s Networks and Integration Solutions business unit. “By becoming a member of the Open IPTV Forum, we are committing significant engineering resources to make the necessary open standards a reality and to open up the true potential of IPTV.”

Thomson has already played a role in the development of open standards having participated in the development of more than 60 international standards organisations including ETSI, the DVB project and the HD Forum.