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In the last few years, IPTV has emerged as one of the major distribution and access techniques for broadband multimedia services. It is one of the primary growth areas for the telecommunications industry. However, existing IPTV systems are generally based on proprietary implementations that do not provide interoperability. Recently, many international standard bodies have published, or are developing, a series of IPTV related standards.. This paper is an overview of the most significant recent and upcoming IPTV standards.