NEW DELHI: Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable have
joined hands to manage the Reference Design Kit (RDK)
software being used in set-top boxes (STBs).
The new venture RDK Management will manage the RDK
licensing, community support and training, as well as
Comcast will contribute RDK components into the new
entity, including the RDK code and specifications, related
intellectual property rights, associated contracts and
licenses which will be transitioned to the RDK Management.
The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle, developed
and licensed by Comcast to create a common framework
for powering tru2way, IP or hybrid STBs and gateway
devices and accelerate the deployment of video services.
RDK works with the CableLabs OCAP Reference Implementation
software along with other open source components.
The new entity will provide continuity with the existing
licensing program and continue to offer a licensing
program similar to the existing program. In addition,
the new entity will set up an expanded support program
to provide technical support to RDK licensees as operators
more broadly deploy the RDK solution.
Since its introduction in early 2012, more than 100
licensees have joined the RDK community, including OEMs,
systems integrators, SOCs and software vendors as well
as MVPDs to create a community of innovators focused
on bringing rich, multi-screen TV home entertainment
experiences to consumers faster.