PHILADELPHIA – April 22, 2014 – In advance of the 2014 Cable Show, RDK Management, LLC today provided an update about the continued global progress and adoption of the Reference Design Kit (RDK). Members of the RDK community, including CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers will showcase their RDK-related products and services at North America’s largest industry gathering next week.
“Since last year’s Cable Show, the number of RDK licensees has grown by 40 percent, and we’ve seen steady adoption by operators across North America and Europe,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. “Our management structure was recently strengthened with the addition of Liberty Global, and RDK community members are working collaboratively to accelerate the deployment of next-gen video products and services around the world.”
Growing Licensee Base of RDK
The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV service providers, including set-top boxes (STBs), gateways, and converged devices. The RDK was created to accelerate the deployment of next-gen video products and services. It enables TV service providers to standardize certain elements of these devices, but also easily customize the applications and user experiences that ride on top.
The RDK is administered by the RDK Management, LLC, a joint venture between Comcast Cable, Time Warner Cable, and Liberty Global. The RDK software is available at no cost to RDK licensees in a shared source manner, and RDK community member companies can contribute software changes and enhancements to the RDK stack.
Since last year’s Cable Show, the number of RDK licensees has grown to more than 140 licensees including, CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers. To date, the RDK has been licensed by more than 15 operators globally, including Comcast, Liberty Global, Time Warner Cable, Kabel Deutschland, and others.
Expanded Set-top Box Deployments
The RDK is providing the technical foundation for a wide range of STBs from leading manufacturers. Arris, Cisco, Humax, Pace, Samsung, and others have all developed RDK-based STBs that are in various stages of testing, trials, or deployment with operators around the world.
RDK in Action at the 2014 Cable Show
At this year’s Cable Show, members of the RDK community will be highlighted in the show’s official mobile app, which provides maps, schedules, real-time updates and more, and is available at
Liberty Global will conduct an RDK-based demonstration at the Cable Show’s Imagine Park on Wednesday, April 30 at 12:00 pm. Additional information about the session can be found at http://2014.thecableshow.com/Imagine-Park.
In addition, the three CTOs from the RDK Management, LLC joint venture’s companies (Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Liberty Global) will be together on a CTO panel on Tuesday, April 29, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Room 408B.
Companies planning to showcase RDK-related products and services demonstrations at the Cable Show, include:
The RDK Roadmap
To date, most of the RDK development has been focused on STBs and gateway devices, such as the Comcast X1 platform. In 2014 and 2015, similar deployments are expected to occur from other operators who have embraced the RDK in North America and Europe. To support deployments in Europe and other parts of the world, the RDK code stack currently includes some of the initial, underlying elements needed to support DVB. The RDK Management, LLC expects to share additional news pertaining to DVB in the coming months.
In addition to STBs, RDK community members are examining other customer premise devices, such as modems/routers, that could benefit from the RDK. Those devices, like STBs, have historically lacked a baseline of commonality and standardization that could be enhanced by the RDK.
The industry is also expecting further evolution towards converged gateway devices– capable of handling video, data, and voice from a single device. Those devices will require an underlying software stack that is open and transparent, and would be a natural extension for the RDK. The RDK was designed to provide a common software foundation to power customer-premises equipment for today and the future.
Additional information about the RDK is available at www.rdkcentral.com.
RDK Management, LLC is a joint venture between Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Liberty Global created to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK). The RDK is a standardized software bundle designed to provide a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways, and converged devices. The RDK is supported by more than 140 licensees including: CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers. For more information please visit http://www.rdkcentral.com.