Architecture Task Force
The Architecture (ARCH) Task Force is responsible for the maintenance and enhancement of the Functional Architecture specification for IPTV delivered over both managed and unmanaged networks. Its activities usually start with a Feature Package Requirements output document approved by the board to specify any extension or modification of the functional architecture document (architecture, reference points, signalling flows, etc.) as necessary.
Requirements Working Group
The Requirements Working Group is responsible for the definition and selection of the Business, Platform and Service Requirements for the OIPF Solution. The activities of this Working Group usually start with a presentation or a proposal from one or more members focusing on a specific topic or need, and then move towards the definition of a formal Feature Package Proposal, which is a consolidated document defining the rationale, the context, the use cases and an initial set of requirements for a new feature.
The set of requirements are then extended and refined by the group in the following Requirements Development phase to serve as a guidance and input for the next technical activities. The Feature Package Proposal and the Feature Package Requirements output documents are subject to the BoD formal approval.
The Group meets at OIPF plenary meetings, may organize interim meetings if needed and regularly conduct business at phone or web conferences.
Solutions Working Group
The Audio Video Codecs (AVC) Task Force of the IPTV Solution WG is responsible for the specification of all issues around media formats, including video, audio, subtitles, transport layers, and the usage of the media formats in the IPTV Solution. Our current major topics of work are the integration of MPEG DASH based adaptive bit-rate streaming and 3DTV formats.
ARCH TF, Metdata TF, Protocols TF, Declarative Application Environnment TF, Procedural Application Environnment TF, Content and Service Protection TF: under construction
IOT Working Group
The IOT (Interoperability Testing) Working Group develops the Test Specifications which describe the Conformance and Interoperability testing aspects of the OIPF Solution Specifications. These test specifications include both test methods and test cases which can be used to validate compliance for devices which form an OIPF compliant IPTV solution. In addition, the IOT Working Group co-operates with other industry test initiatives to ensure harmonization of test environments and procedures.
The Certification Test Suite (CTS) Task Force of the IOT Working Group is responsible for all aspects relating to the technical implementation of a Test Suite to be used in testing of devices according to the Test Specifications. The Test Suite includes a test execution and reporting platform, referred to as the Test Tool, as well as the Test Material which comprises the necessary electronic media for use by the Test Tool and the Device Under Test.
Deployment Working Group
The Marketing Committee is supporting the Open IPTV Forum to achieve its goals by proposing opportunities to further business and success of the forum, through membership growth, modification in scope of Forum activities and the aim of deployment of services exemplifying OIPF Specifications.
The Committee identifies needs and opportunities for communication to stakeholders (existing and potential) including device vendors, service and content providers via Conferences, Expos, Fairs, Industry Networking Meet-Ups, Round Tables as well as Online and Mobile channels including web, communities, social networking etc. The Committee is responsible for communicating and liaising with press, analysts, industry thought leaders and develops appropriate material like presentations, promotional and brand assets, web content, White Papers, business cases and market figures.
The Marketing Committee is responsible for executing all communications and marketing activities within the budget allocated by the Forum.
OIPF Members choose to participate in the Marketing Working Group so they can help OIPF in communicating to the market, making their efforts more visible within the industry and their own organisation and promoting the importance of Open Standards and common specifications for mass market success of new technology and digital services. These participants are also best placed to take advantage of promotional opportunities for their organisations, and to raise their profile within the IPTV Community by contributing to the work and events of the Marketing Committee.
Currently the Marketing Committee is running internal RFPs for solutions to be demonstrated, at fairs such as IBC and TVConnect where the demos are the focus of the OIPF's large and fully equipped stand. The Marketing Committee also identify initiatives to attract new parts of the IPTV value chain to the forum - which can help many members understand and overcome problems they, in common with others, may be facing in delivering world class solutions to the market.
The Profiling AHG is an ad hoc group of the Board and it is responsible for the drafting of IPTV Solution Profiles specifications for all OIPF Solution Specifications. Recently the AHG has been in sleep mode but will soon re-start work on the Release 2 Profiles specification and the handling of upcoming completed Feature Packages in the Profiles, as far as necessary.