ITU thinks there's a challenge left for IPTV

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is calling on "individuals, small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporations" to submit innovative IPTV solutions (and it would help if there were problems to solve) that they believe will "improve social welfare" through services such as e-health, e-government, e-learning, ICT accessibility and "all aspects of Smart Living."

There's a cash award of $3,000 for the winner in the individual/SME category. The corporate category winner--being it's corporate and all--will just be given recognition when the victors are announced at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA-12) in Dubai this November.

The ITU, a United Nations specialized agency, promised to showcase the winning and most promising apps at Dubai and subsequent ITU events to help attract global visibility and, more importantly, investment in their development.

Now here's the tricky part. Participants must develop applications running over either Recommendation ITU-T H.761 Nested context language (NCL) and Ginga-NCL for IPTV services or, if that's too onerous, Recommendation ITU-T H.762 Lightweight interactive multimedia environment (LIME) for IPTV services.

Registration will be open from June 15 to Aug. 15 and submissions are open from Aug. 13 to Sept. 7.

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