LightReading – September 18, 2018
Eager to lower the barrier for the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video to find a home on more operator-supplied set-top boxes, RDK Management has introduced a new framework and software development kit designed to ease those integrations for service providers worldwide.
That work centers on the Reference Design Kit, a preintegrated software stack for video and broadband gateways that’s being managed by a joint venture of Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY) and Charter Communications Inc. (Charter’s involvement came way of its 2016 acquisition of Time Warner Cable).
The app program supports two paths — a framework that enables cable operators and other service providers manage their own offerings, or a pre-integrated app store.
For the latter, turnkey option, Metrological ‘s App Store is the first to be tied into the program, offering a library of more than 300 apps. In addition to OTT-delivered services such as Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video, Metrological’s app store can also be used to introduce local and regionalized apps, RDK Management said.
RDK Management LLC said the new common framework and “Firebolt” app SDK also enable app portability across the gamut of RDK-based set-top box models as they open the door for developers and service providers to create and launch HTML5 and native apps for those devices.
RDK Management noted that it has also teamed with Metrological and Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS), the world’s largest set-top box supplier, on a new support tool and IP set-top box reference integration that’s designed to speed up app development, testing and deployment.
The JV timed the announcement with this week’s IBC show and the 2018 RDK European Summit in Amsterdam.
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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