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Document 28

  1. 1. INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATION UNION Document 28 – E TELECOMMUNICATION STANDARDIZATION SECTOR TSB DIRECTOR’S CONSULTATION MEETING ON IPTV STANDARDIZATION Geneva, 4-5 April 2006 DOCUMENT 28 ITU-T / TTA IPTV Ad-hoc Group (IPTV) Draft Proposal Source: Samsung Electronics Title: Requirements in Principle for Enabling Consumer Retail Devices to Attach to IPTV Networks Introduction: As telecom and video network operators worldwide begin to deploy commercial video services over IPTV networks, it can be expected that in many instances, they will deliver these services through set top boxes (STBs) that they lease to their subscribers. However, consumers will also have an interest in viewing those services on a variety of other consumer electronic (CE) devices that they purchase, as an optional alternative to renting STBs. (CE devices may include, among others, televisions, digital video recorders, portable media players, and “media” personal computers.) CE manufacturers may wish to design and market consumer devices that can receive video services from IPTV networks without the need for a directly attached external STB provided by the network operator. IPTV network operators may wish to facilitate a market for such consumer-purchased CE devices in order to extend the potential reach of their services to more consumers and a greater number and variety of devices than would be feasible if network operators were to rely solely upon delivery of their services through STBs they procure and provide to their subscribers. Proposed Requirements in Principle: When attached to IPTV networks, CE devices should display IPTV video services without harming the IPTV network or enabling theft of IPTV service or content. In addition, to support a consumer ownership (as opposed to rental) of such devices, the devices should be compatible with multiple operators’ networks in order to address consumers’ desire to retain the value of the investment in Contact: Kwangkee Lee Tel: +82-31-200-7238 Samsung Electronics Fax: +82-31-200-3427 Korea Email: kklee@samsung.com John Godfrey john.godfrey@samsung.com Glenn Adams gadams@xfsi.com Attention: This is not a publication made available to the public, but an internal ITU-T Document intended only for use by the Member States of ITU, by ITU-T Sector Members and Associates, and their respective staff and collaborators in their ITU related work. It shall not be made available to, and used by, any other persons or entities without the prior written consent of ITU-T.
  2. 2. the device if he or she moves to a different operator’s territory or otherwise changes to a different network operator. It is not the purpose of this document to identify the technical standards and related testing and contractual requirements that will be necessary to enable consumer purchase of IPTV video devices. Instead, this document outlines principles that should guide the development of technical standards and related requirements. The following principles are adapted from a joint statement endorsed on 15 March 2006, in the United States, by CE manufacturers (represented by the Consumer Electronics Association) and the three largest U.S. telecom operators, AT&T, BellSouth, and Verizon; see http://www.ce.org/Press/CurrentNews/press_release_detail.asp?id=10967. 1. Compatibility. As noted above, consumer ownership of IPTV devices would be furthered by nationwide, regional, and/or global compatibility of CE devices with different operators’ IPTV networks, so consumers’ devices would continue to work if they changed to a different operator. Technical and economic realities may preclude nationwide or global uniformity among all networks. Nonetheless, it is possible in principle for video service networks to include enough commonality for CE manufacturers to design products in a cost-effective manner that will operate across IPTV service provider platforms. There are two non-exclusive options to meet the goal of compatibility. The first option, more readily achievable in the short term, is attachment in a home networking architecture on the consumer side of a service provider “gateway” device. Home networking attachment requires IPTV providers to support a common and mutually agreed upon set of home networking standards as a home network-facing interface from residential gateway devices they provide to consumers. Except to protect against electronic or physical harm to the network or unauthorized receipt of services, no technical specification, license, subscriber agreement, or other requirement should prevent consumers from accessing services across personal home networks. The second option is fully integrated “plug and play” attachment of CE devices directly to the IPTV network, without an intermediate gateway. Achieving compatibility with multiple operators’ networks requires common protocols and standards among different operators for IPTV services as delivered to the consumer’s home. 2. Open standards. The use of open standards is critical so that CE manufacturers can play a role in the development of technologies necessary to build compatible devices. In this context an open standard is a standard developed in a forum that: (1) allows meaningful participation by all interested parties, (2) requires consensus (though not necessarily unanimous) decision making, (3) affords due process rights to all participants, and (4) openly discloses licensing terms which are at least reasonable and non-discriminatory. An open standard does not necessarily mean a single Contact: Kwangkee Lee Tel: +82-31-200-7238 Samsung Electronics Fax: +82-31-200-3427 Korea Email: kklee@samsung.com John Godfrey john.godfrey@samsung.com Glenn Adams gadams@xfsi.com Attention: This is not a publication made available to the public, but an internal ITU-T Document intended only for use by the Member States of ITU, by ITU-T Sector Members and Associates, and their respective staff and collaborators in their ITU related work. It shall not be made available to, and used by, any other persons or entities without the prior written consent of ITU-T.
  3. 3. national or global standard for attachments to IPTV networks and may consist of a solution set of multiple standards that encompass a complete solution in a cost effective manner. 3. Reasonable licensing terms. To the extent that there are proprietary aspects to IPTV networks, reasonable and non-discriminatory licensing terms should be available so that both CE manufacturers and video service providers are not unreasonably constrained from including necessary technologies within their respective products in order to ensure that CE devices can be connected to IPTV networks, consistent with the other principles outlined herein. Further, licenses for these technologies should not impose unrelated or unnecessary burdens on licensees, such as the inclusion or exclusion of additional features in products that are separate from the features related to accessing the services provided by the service provider. 4. Reasonable testing and certification procedures. Reasonable testing and certification procedures should be established so CE manufacturers and IPTV service providers can obtain necessary approvals for products and can bring products to market in a timely manner. Product testing and certification should be transparent and focused on ensuring that devices conform to the applicable specifications, do not cause electronic or physical harm to the video service networks, and do not enable unauthorized receipt of service. 5. Reasonable terms of service for consumers. Service terms and conditions should reasonably allow consumers to choose among various CE products to access their video services as long as such products do not cause electronic or physical harm to the network and do not enable unauthorized receipt of service. Subscriber agreements should allow the attachment of devices that meet the technical, licensing, and testing/approval criteria described herein. ____________ Contact: Kwangkee Lee Tel: +82-31-200-7238 Samsung Electronics Fax: +82-31-200-3427 Korea Email: kklee@samsung.com John Godfrey john.godfrey@samsung.com Glenn Adams gadams@xfsi.com Attention: This is not a publication made available to the public, but an internal ITU-T Document intended only for use by the Member States of ITU, by ITU-T Sector Members and Associates, and their respective staff and collaborators in their ITU related work. It shall not be made available to, and used by, any other persons or entities without the prior written consent of ITU-T.

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