London – May 17, 2017
At the 2017 Connected TV World Summit, RDK Management, LLC today provided an update about the continued global adoption of RDK (Reference Design Kit) software solutions that provide a common platform for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) for TV and Internet service providers.
“Due to the passion and maturation of our community, the RDK has become a prime software development platform that powers more than 25 million set-top boxes and broadband gateways used by pay TV operators around the world,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. “On both the video and broadband front, operators are actively embracing our transparency and open-source software, collaborating with leading technology companies, and contributing new innovations back to the RDK community. Together, we’ve embraced the best practices of the software industry, enabling operators to iterate faster than ever before.”
RDK-V and RDK-B
RDK software enables TV and Internet service providers to standardize certain elements of CPE and to easily customize the applications and user experiences that ride on top. It enables operators to focus their attention on enhancing customer experiences that drive business results, rather than technical interoperability issues.
The RDK-V (video) software solution provides a common method to manage various video functions on set-top boxes such as tuning, IP video, third party DRM, and media streaming. Operators that have built new UIs atop the RDK are reporting metrics such as, higher customer satisfaction, increased television viewing, and higher VOD purchases.
The RDK-B (broadband) software solution provides a common method to manage various broadband functions on gateways, such as home-networking interfaces (e.g. Wi-Fi and Multimedia over Coax Alliance [MoCA]), device management, diagnostics, and smart home / IoT interfaces (e.g. Bluetooth, Thread and Zigbee).
Both software solutions are available at no cost to RDK licensees in an open source manner, and RDK community member companies can contribute software changes and enhancements to the solution. RDK Management, LLC also disclosed that it is working with members to identify other areas within the “connected home” for possible use of RDK software on new classes of devices.
RDK Deployments and Community Usage
Since this time last year, the number of RDK devices deployed by operators globally rose to 25 million from 15 million, an increase of 67%. Notably, over this period, NOS launched its next-generation 4K service based on RDK in Portugal. Liberty Global continued to deploy RDK devices throughout its global footprint. In Canada, Shaw launched a next-gen service which relies on RDK, and Rogers Communications announced plans to do so next year. In the United States, Cox Communications expanded its new TV service which runs on the RDK, and Comcast continued its RDK-Based X1 nationwide deployments. In Germany, new RDK deployments include both Vodafone (formerly Kabel Deutshland) which launched its new GigaTV video service, and Tele Columbus which launched its new advanceTV service. Most recently, in Switzerland, The Quickline Group, confirmed it was using a RDK-based STB software solution for its new TV service.
More than 25 total cable, satellite and telco providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are members of the RDK community and are in various stages of evaluation, testing, trials, or deployment. There are also now more than 300 technology companies in the RDK community across CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, and system integrators. In general, new RDK software is released every two weeks, and member companies are downloading RDK software components more than one million times every month.
Upcoming RDK Events
Leading members of the RDK community are speaking today at The 2017 Connected TV World Summit. Full details are available at https://connectedtvsummit.com/. From July 18-20, RDK Management, LLC will host a Technology Summit for licensees in Horsham, Pennsylvania, which will include intensive hands-on technical training of RDK-based hardware, software, and emulators. At the annual IBC conference in Amsterdam, RDK Management, LLC will host its annual RDK European Summit for operators on September 19, 2017.
Additional information about the RDK community is available at www.rdkcentral.com.
About RDK Management, LLC
RDK Management, LLC is a joint venture between leading pay TV operators created to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software. The RDK software provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV and Internet service providers, including set-top boxes, broadband gateways, and converged devices. The RDK community is comprised of more than 300 companies including: CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. For more information please visit www.rdkcentral.com.
RDK Management is an open source consortium that manages the Reference Design Kit (RDK). RDK is an open source software platform for the connected home that standardizes core functions used in broadband devices, set-top boxes, and IoT. It enables operators to manage their devices; control their business models; and customize their apps, UIs and data analytics to improve the customer experience and drive business results. The RDK community is comprised of more than 350 companies including: CPE manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, system integrators, and service providers. For more information on the tools, training, and events provided by RDK Management, please visit: www.rdkcentral.com.
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