Open IPTV Forum announces new president

IPTV industry body
The OIPF (Open IPTV Forum) have announced the election of Nilo Mitra as their
new president.

The announcement was
made at the OIPF General Assembly, an event hosted by Telecom Italia at the
Telecom Italia Future Centre facility in Venice, Italy.


New York based Mitra
is Engineering Director (Systems) at Ericsson and has been involved with the
OIPF since foundation of the forum four years ago.


Luca Pesando of
Telecom Italia joins Mohammed Dadas of Orange France Telecom as joint
vice-presidents of the forum.


The OIPF also
presented Darren Vogel as their recently appointed marketing director and
Co-Chair of the OIPF Marketing Committee, alongside Arnaud Vilain of France


Vogel previously
worked as Business Development director for Accenture’s Digital Media Services
division as well as fronting successful, industry-leading mobile content
initiatives from pioneering businesses including WiderThan, RealNetworks and


The OIPF is a collaborative industry body defining end-to-end
and free-to-use standards to enable and accelerate innovative and exciting
entertainment services, products and solutions to be delivered via IPTV in the
most cost effective and user friendly manner.


The forum aims to
reuse existing standards created by other bodies, whilst considerable parts of
OIPF standards have already been adopted by complementary groups including


A forthcoming device
certification and IOT program will see the OIPF logo appearing on numerous
services and devices, aiding consumers, service providers and manufacturers as
bleeding-edge technologies are delivered to retail, end user living rooms and
across multiple mobile screens.


OIPF Founding members
Panasonic, Samsung, Ericsson, Sony Corporation, France Telecom, Telecom Italia,
Philips and Nokia Siemens Networks, have been joined by over 50 other leading
IPTV industry players in the past four years.


The objectives of the
OIPF are increasingly important at this time of media transformation,
particularly as all players in the entertainment eco-system need to minimise
costs and time to market whilst also meeting the demanding expectations and
entertainment-appetite of the growing millions of connected TV, Tablet and
Smartphone users worldwide.


The ongoing and
focused participation and co-operation of Network Operators, Content and
Service Providers, Consumer Electronics Manufacturers and Home and Network
Infrastructure Providers within the OIPF, end-to-end of the entire IPTV value
chain, are critical to the future success of secure, user friendly,
commercially viable and compelling converged video, communication and
entertainment services for the end user.



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