The new app program, recently unveiled by RDK Management gives operators the flexibility to use the open source RDK App Framework to build and manage their own solutions, or choose a RDK pre-integrated app store solution such as the Metrological App Store.
To support global operators who want their own turnkey, white-labeled app store that works across RDK set-top boxes, Metrological was named the first RDK pre-integrated App Store. Metrological’s App Store has been tested, integrated, and deployed on RDK-based STBs to meet the rigorous performance standards of TV operators. It includes access to a library of 300+ apps. In addition, the App Store can be used to launch premium video apps such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video; local and regionalized apps; and all of the back-office tools needed to launch and manage the lifecycle of an app store. Content providers are able to reach over 40 million households across operator networks by uploading a single app onto the Metrological App Library.
The Metrological App Store has a small footprint suitable for new or legacy implementations, with a back-office that allows operators to personalize the TV viewer experience by quickly responding to changing consumer interests. It gives operators complete control over which apps they wish to support and promote on their platforms.
The versatile RDK App Framework allows operators to integrate apps into the TV viewing experience, provides onboarding and life cycle management tools, and enables app portability across various STB models. Specifically, application developers and operators can now easily create HTML5 and native applications on set-top boxes using the new RDK App Framework and RDK Firebolt App SDK.
Driven by the RDK open source community, with key contributions from Metrological, it provides a complete development, build, and test environment for Web and native apps across RDK-based STBs. Service providers now have a common technical framework to support native premium video apps, such as Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video, along with a wide-variety of niche or third-party HTML5 apps. Technical details are available at: https://wiki.rdkcentral.com/display/RDK/Firebolt.
RDK Management has also partnered with Metrological and leading STB provider ARRIS International plc to provide a new support tool and IP STB reference integration that allows operators to expedite application development, testing, and ultimately service deployment. Application developers and operators can now utilize an IP STB powered by RDK software and pre-loaded with the Metrological App store.