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Audio/Video/Multimedia

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3D Industry Forum (3DIF)
Promoted 3D technology and standards *Dissolved and transferred standards and software to Ecma and SourceForge

Advanced Access Content System
Develops a specification for managing access to and copying of the post-DVD generation of optical discs

Advanced Authority Format (AAF)
Promotes multi-vendor, cross-platform interoperability for computer-based digital video production *Now The Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA)

Advanced Media Workflow Association, Inc. (AMWA)
Develops and promotes File Interchange Formats, including the Advanced Authoring Format (AAF)

Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC)
Develops voluntary standards for digital television

aHIT!
Documented interoperability requirements for IP Telephony and Multimedia applications *Inactive

AIGA
Promotes advance designing as a professional craft

Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB)
Develops and promotes standardization of new radio systems (Japan)

Audio Engineering Society (AES)
Promotes the professional audio technology industry

Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration (AMIC)
Developed hardware and software interface standards for automotive information, communications and entertainment systems

AVnu Alliance
Promotes the adoption of the IEEE 802.1 Audio/Video bridging (AVB) standards

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BD+ Technologies LLC
Develops and promotes Blu-Ray Disc content protection technology

Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)
Promotes Blu-ray Disc technology for use in DVD media and players

British Interactive Multimedia Association (BIMA)
Promotes and represents the UK interactive and digital media industry (United Kingdom)

Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI)
Maintains a professional association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry

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Cable Europe
Promotes digital TV, broadband internet and telephony collaborative services (Europe)

CableLabs
Develops new cable telecommunications technologies to facilitate interoperability

CoaXPress (CXP)
Develops and promotes a high speed serial communication standard over coaxial cable

CompactFlash Association
Develops industry standards for flash-based memory cards targeting the professional imaging, video and industrial markets

Connected Media Experience, Inc.
Develops and promotes a technical standard for enhanced digital media packages

Coral Consortium
Promoted interoperability between digital rights management (DRM) technologies in the consumer media market *Dissolved in 2012

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DASH Industry Forum
Develops and promotes the market adoption of MPEG-DASH video

DASH Promoters Group
Develops and promotes the adoption of the MPEG-DASH standard in the market

Digital Audio Visual Counsel (DAVIC)
Promoted audio-visual interoperable standards *Dissolved in 1999

Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI)
Develops digital cinema specifications

Digital Data Exchange (DDEX)
Develops and supports digital distribution of music and other digital content

Digital Display Working Group, The (DDWG)
Developed industry specifications based on the interface between digital displays and high performance PCs *Inactive since 2001

Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE)
Develops standards for the digital distribution of premium Hollywood content

Digital Interactive Interface for Video & Audio (DiiVA)
Promoted the global interactive consumer electronics and home networking standard *Inactive

Digital Interoperability Forum (DIF)
Promotes interactive digital television and multimedia services (Europe)

Digital Production Partnership (DPP)
Promotes the transition to fully digital production and distribution in television (U.K.)

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM)
Promotes the digitizing of AM bands below 30 MHz

Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB)
Develops and maintains standards for the digital television and data services industry

Digital Watermarking Alliance (DWA)
Promotes digital watermarking solutions

DVD Copy Control Association, The (DVD CCA)
Maintains and licenses the Content Scramble System (CSS) on DVD and Blu-rays to protect copyrighted material from theft

DVD Forum
Promotes and develops the DVD Format, its technical capabilities, improvements, and innovations

DVD Rewritable Alliance (DVD+RW)
Develops and promotes a universal rewritable DVD format

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Embedded Vision Alliance (EVA)
Promotes embedded vision technology usage by embedded system designers

Entertainment Services & Technology Association (ESTA)
Promoted the North American entertainment technology industry (North America) *Merged with the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) in 2010

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Promotes and represents the European broadcasting industry (Europe)

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Future of Broadcast Television (FOBTV)
Develops and promotes a unified next-generation broadcast television system

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GENIVI Alliance
Develops and supports Linux-based operating systems, middleware and platforms for automotive In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) products and services

Global Organization for Multi-Vendor Integration Protocol (GO-MVIP)
Promoted the MVIP standard for the computer telephony field *Now Dialogic

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HAVi
Promoted a network architecture for Home Audio Video Interoperability *Inactive since 2001

HDbaseT Alliance
Develops and promotes a single LAN cable to replace multiple cables and connectors in the home entertainment environment

HDMI Forum
Develops and promotes the HDMI Specification and related Compliance Test Specification

HDMI Licensing, LLC
Promotes the HDMI standard and provides education on the benefits of the HDMI specification to adopters, retailers and consumers

HDPV Alliance
Develops and promotes lower cost and higher performance Photovoltaic (PV) systems

High Definition Closed Circuit Television (HDccTV) Alliance
Promotes and manages HDcctv

High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance (HANA)
Developed and promoted the sharing of premium quality HD content across audio-video devices *Dissolved and transferred all intellectual property to the 1394 Trade Association in 2009

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV)
Develops and promotes standards for broadcast and broadband delivery through connected TVs and set-top boxes (Europe)

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Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)
Promotes interactive media to increase market share

Interactive Multimedia Association (IMA)
Developed and promoted multimedia standards *Dissolved in 1998

International Color Consortium (ICC)
Promotes the use and adoption of open, vendor-neutral, cross-platform color management systems

International Commission on Illumination (CIE)
Develops standards of metrology in the fields of light and lighting

International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA)
Promotes public standard hybrid interactive TV middleware

International Multimedia Telecommunication Consortium (IMTC)
Promotes telecommunications media

International Packet Communications Consortium (IPCC)
Promoted packet-based network technologies and markets *Merged with the VoIP Group

Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA)
Developed and promoted specifications to enable streaming media over the Internet *Merged with MPEGIF in 2010

iVDR Consortium
Develops and promotes a removable hard drive disk compatible with a broad range of electronic devices

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J Consortium, Inc.
Develops and promotes an open forum for setting Real Time Java standards

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Khronos Group
Develops open standards APIs

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Laser Illuminated Projector Alliance (LIPA)
Develops and promotes laser-based projection techniques

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Media Oriented Systems Transport (MOST) Cooperation
Develops and promotes Media Oriented Systems Transport technology for the automotive industry

Metadata Working Group (MWG)
Develops and promotes the preservation and interoperability of digital image metadata

MIDI Manufacturers Association
Develops and promotes digital interface standards for the music industry

Mobile 500 Alliance
Develops partnerships to accelerate the nationwide availability of a commercial mobile digital television service (U.S.)

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Develops and promotes the connecting of mobile phones and portable devices to other consumer electronics (CE) devices

MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF)
Promoted the MPEG-4 standard *Merged with the Open IPTV Forum in 2012

Multimedia Communications Forum (MMCF)
Developed multimedia communications architectures and solutions *Inactive

Multimedia Mobile Access Communications Systems Promotion Council (MMAC-PC)
Developed high-speed wireless multimedia *Inactive

Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)
Promotes distribution of digital video and entertainment through existing coaxial cable in the home

Music Encoding Initiative (MEI)
Develops and promotes an XML-based schema for musical notation

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Open Content Alliance
Develops and maintains a permanent library of multilingual digitized text and multimedia material

Open Control Architecture (OCA) Alliance
Develops the standardization of the Open Control Architecture (OCA) as a media networking system control standard for professional applications

Open Interconnect Consortium
Promotes the development of a standard specification and interoperable, open source projects to ensure secure and reliable device discovery and connectivity

Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC)
Developed broadcast industry specifications and standards for mobile TV *Merged with the National Association of Broadcasters in 2013

Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF)
Develops and promotes the adoption of interoperability specifications for network video in the security market

Open Video Alliance
Promotes technologies, policies, and practices in online video

Open Visual Communications Consortium (OVCC)
Develops and promotes user video-capable communications with interconnected service providers

OpenRTB Mobile Committee
Promotes communication between mobile ad inventory buyers and sellers

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PC Gaming Alliance (PCGA)
Promotes the growth and improvement of PC gaming

Plugin Alliance
Develops and promotes a user friendly audio plugin Standard that supports all major plugin formats

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RVU Alliance
Develops specifications for RVU technology including a full-featured pixel accurate Remote User Interface (RUI)

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Satellite Interference Reduction Group (sIRG)
Develops and promotes practical improvements in the satellite reception industry intended to reduce satellite interference and loss

Seamless Converged Communication Across Networks (SCCAN) Forum
Promoted the utilization of seamless mobility communications solutions *Inactive

Secure City Technology Alliance (SCTA)
Develops and promotes wireless communication systems for international public safety and emergency response

Semiconductor 3D Equipment and Materials Consortium (EMC-3D)
Developed a cost-effective TSV (thru-silicon-via) for 3D chip stacking and MEMS integration *Inactive

Serial Port Memory Technology (SPMT)
Develops and maintains the SPMT specification and promotes designing and manufacturing mobile devices, integrated circuits, and semiconductor IP

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Forum
Promotes the adoption of products and services based on the Session Initiation Protocol

Smart TV Alliance
Develops and promotes a platform to create interactive content on consumers' TV screens

Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Promotes the development of motion picture standards

Standard Panels Working Group (SPWG)
Develops TFT LCD mechanical and electrical standards

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Telematics Suppliers Consortium (TSC)
Developed and promoted connectivity from fixed service facilities to standard vehicle interfaces *Inactive

Telework Consortium
Promoted ultra-bandwidth telework for public and private sectors *Inactive

The 4Ever Project
Promotes and engages in research regarding enhanced television viewing experience through HEVC and Ultra High Definition TV (France)

The Digital Media Project (DMP)
Promotes the continuing development, deployment and use of Digital Media

The Open IPTV Forum
Develops standards for end-end IPTV services

Third Generation Partnership Project No. 2 (3GPP2)
Develops global specifications for the evolution of the ANSI/TIA/EIA-41 Cellular Radiotelecommunication Intersystem Operations network to 3G

Thread Group
Promotes the Thread protocol to connect home consumer electronics

TV Anytime Forum
Developed audio-visual specifications for high-volume digital storage *Dissolved in 2005

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Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Forum
Promoted acceptance of the Common Signaling Mode (CSM) and Direct Sequence Ultra-Wideband (DS-UWB) in the marketplace *Dissolved in 2006

Unified Display Interface (UDI)
Promoted the UDI digital video interface specification (based on Digital Visual Interface) *Inactive since 2007

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Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA)
Promotes and develops display and display interface standards

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Web3D Consortium
Promotes and fosters three-dimensional technologies on the Internet

WiMedia Alliance
Promotes the regulation, standardization and interoperability of ultra-wideband (UWB) worldwide

Wireless Gigabit Alliance (WiGig)
Developed to address faster wireless connectivity needs *Merged with the Wi-Fi Alliance in 2013

Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI)
Promotes wireless uncompressed HD video delivery throughout the home

Wireless Speaker & Audio (WiSA)
Promotes the adoption of WiSA-enabled compliant products by fostering interoperability compliance testing between CE devices and high-performance wireless speakers

WirelessHD Consortium
Developed, maintains, and promotes the WirelessHD Standard for wireless high-definition transmissions

World DAB Forum
Promotes DAB Digital Radio

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Xiph.Org Foundation
Develops and promotes open source, multimedia related projects

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