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Momentum builds for open source set-top boxes, with major IBC announcements around RDK and Android TV

Videonet, September 12, 2016
Ericsson has reached agreement with RDK Management for the integration of its Mediafirst operating system into the RDK platform.

It was clear from IBC 2016 that open source set-top box software is gaining momentum. In one notable development, Ericsson is integrating its MediaFirst platform (which provides an advanced UI, among other things) with RDK, which strictly speaking is shared-source rather than open source but provides the same kind of benefits. Elisabetta Romano, VP and Head of TV and Media at Ericsson, hailed RDK as a very strong initiative that her company is happy to collaborate with. “There are SoC vendors and CPE providers from all over the world [working in RDK] and that is very important to us and we want to actively contribute into RDK,” she said at the Amsterdam event.

Ericsson serves the cable market and this will be partly driving the support for RDK but Giles Wilson, Ericsson TV & Media CTO and Head of Portfolio & Architecture, believes the RDK market could expand to telcos. Other vendors have told us to expect telcos and even satellite operators to adopt RDK; this announcement certainly increases the chances of that diversification.

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