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Internet Streaming Media Alliance Announces 2.0 Specs

Stream of Rich Media on Everything From Mobile Devices to Set Top Boxes (January 11, 2005)

The Internet Streaming Media Alliance, a non-profit corporation that accelerates the adoption and deployment of open standards for streaming rich media, today announced the availability of its 2.0 specification for public review and comment. With support for the latest audio and video compression technology, ISMA 2.0 will drive new streaming media solutions ranging from mobile communications devices to high definition set top boxes.

   "The ISMA family of multimedia streaming specifications forms an ecosystem for the content delivery chain, from content creators to media players. Before finalizing a spec, ISMA gives these companies an opportunity to provide input," said Yuval Fisher, ISMA Technical Integration Board Member from Envivio. "The specification cuts through the confusing choices for audio/video codec profiles and levels, the multiple choices for network protocols and signaling, and establishes the interoperability points to assure robust delivery of audio and video over IP in a multi-vendor environment." Ultimately, compliance to the specifications gives consumers a better experience in terms of audio/video quality, network delivery, and multi-vendor choice.

   The specification can be downloaded at Comments are due by close of business February 15, 2005. 

   The new ISMA 2.0 specification supports the following: 

   --  AVC -- Advanced Video Coding (jointly published as H.264 and         MPEG-4 part 10), the most advanced, high quality, video         encoding and decoding technology available 

   --  HE-AAC -- High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding with         multi-channel support, the most advanced, high quality audio         encoding and decoding technology available 

   --  SDP and RTP/RTSP IP (Internet protocol) transport of audio and         video -- the industry standard for delivery of real time         multimedia 

   --  MP4 file format -- the industry standard for the storage of         multimedia files 

   ISMA 2.0 provides a complete end-to-end open standards set of tools on which to build exciting new products and services. The second generation of the ISMA specification integrates the latest streaming media technologies. It builds on the landmark ISMA 1.0 spec which was the world's first multi-vendor interoperability specification for streaming media. ISMA 2.0, like the ISMA 1.0 specification, goes far beyond merely defining encoders and decoders. Building on well-defined standards, ISMA defines how those standards are applied to streaming media. As an important part of ISMA's charter, ISMA members, along with other industry organizations, have already conducted joint interoperability testing to the new specification with very good result. ISMA sponsors ongoing certification programs to its specifications to help members achieve a very high level of interoperability, thus helping to move the industry forward.

   For information on streaming media open standards and interoperability, please visit www.isma-tv

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