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DSL Forum announces approval of new IPTV specifications

December 21, 2007 – The DSL Forum has announced the approval of its latest Technical Report, TR-135 Data Model for a TR-069 Enabled set-top box (STB) and the amendment of the Technical Report TR-069, focusing on enhancing the remote management capabilities of IPTV devices. The new specifications follow the release of BroadbandSuite Release 2.0 and are cornerstone to the pending Release 3.0, which will address triple-play augmented via VDSL2, GPON and bonded DSL over a Quality of Service-enabled Ethernet architecture. Release 3.0 will also provide support for multicast to enable IPTV streaming as well as integrated remote management of set-top boxes and attached storage devices. The full release is expected to be completed in late 2008. As part of release 3.0, TR-135 defines the data model for remote management of digital TV (IPTV or broadcast) functionality on STB devices via CPE WAN Management Protocol (CWMP) as defined in TR-069 Amendment 2 and TR-106. The report provides the data model for describing STB capabilities such as Personal Video Recording (PVR), Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) and Quality of Service, as well as providing a means to enable video service performance monitoring. “The most important aspect of this TR is that all of this management can be done remotely, allowing operators to save both time and resources as engineers will be able to resolve problems without leaving the office,” said George Dobrowski, Chairman and President of the DSL Forum. “It will also allow operators to monitor how long STBs are being used for and when, enabling them to create product offerings which align with the needs of their customers.” Also approved is the update to TR-069, TR-069 Amendment 2, which arose from collaboration with the Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) organisation, which required support for Multicast downloads, and this has now been added.

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