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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Farewell to the Internet Streaming Media Alliance

Merges with MPEG Industry Forum

The Board of Directors of the MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) and Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) have agreed to merge the two organizations in a move that marks the end of the ISMA. In a slightly strange move, MPEGIF members will become ISMA members but the organisation will go forward as MPEGIF within the existing ISMA Californian non-profit corporation. As a result, MPEGIF’s current structure as a Swiss association will be dissolved, but ISMA willbe no more.

“ISMA delivered massively important technology contributions resulting in great value and lasting benefit to our industry over the years,” said Sebastian Moeritz, President of MPEGIF and CEO at dicas.

"MPEGIF is pleased to take this opportunity to increase its strength and to gain the operational efficiencies we will be able to bring to our members", said David Price, Vice President of MPEGIF and Vice President at Harmonic. "The industry is facing huge changes in the way video is enjoyed and the advocacy of MPEGIF for solution wide standards is more vital than ever."

“ISMA’s highly successful standards will gain additional visibility through the merger, and will continue to be widely available to the broader industry through the success and influence of MPEGIF,” said Yuval Fisher, Chair of ISMA and CTO of RGB Networks.

Founded in 2000, ISMA was an alliance for the adoption and deployment of open standards for streaming rich media such as video, audio, and associated data over Internet protocols.

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