OKI Completes IPv6-based Video Distribution Trials

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TOKYO - OKI recently concluded successful trials based on the OKI MediaServer video distribution system as part of efforts to promote ITU-T (International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization Sector) IPTV Standards. These trials involved the distribution of IPv6-based video to Singapore and Philippines, regions where IPv6 has yet to be adopted; the distribution of 4K (a next-generation television format with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels, or four times the resolution of current HDTV; also known as ultra high definition) video content based on state-of-the-art IPTV technologies; and feasibility confirmation for new IPTV applications allowing collaborative linking to services available on the Internet.

The trials were performed using the ITU IPTV IPv6 Global Testbed, an experimental environment that uses OKI MediaServer to distribute content created by Hokkaido Television Broadcasting (HTB) based on the Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment (LIME) standard. Previous trials distributed video content to the ITU-T Headquarters in Switzerland and to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The latest trials distributed video to Singapore and the Philippines, regions that have yet to fully adopt IPv6.

Increasing Social Inclusion
Malcolm Johnson, Director of the Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU said, "ITU emphasizes the mainstreaming of accessibility considerations in the development of international standards (ITU-T recommendations). This is especially important in the case of audiovisual media and ITU's work on IPTV is an example of how accessible ICTs will reduce the impact of disability and increase social inclusion. Globally defined standards for IPTV by ITU-T Study Group 16 are key for interoperable, high quality, accessible content distribution over quality-managed networks."

According to Andrea Saks, convener of the JCA-AHF, a key group on accessibility in ITU, "Audiovisual media accessibility is key to enabling the integration of persons with disabilities into society – especially today when new technologies bring so many opportunities. ITU's standards process ensures that accessibility needs are met from the very beginning, as well the needs of the global multi-lingual mainstream society – therefore avoiding costly retrofitting at a later date. The use of subtitling (or captioning as it is also known) in the experiment proves that captioning is not just for persons with disabilities, but for everyone."


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