RDK announces support for popular Euro standard DVB

The Reference Design Kit (RDK) now has support for Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB), a popular pay-TV technology standard in Europe.

The announcement was made Monday by RDK Management, the joint venture led by Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Liberty Global. RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering set-tops, gateways and converged devices.

Specifically, in-band DVB Service Information (DVB-SI) elements are now available to the RDK community.  DVB-SI provides RDK-based devices in-band table of contents and data required for electronic program guides and other services.

In-band DVB-SI provides a high degree of data reliability for operators of one-way networks.

RDK Management credited the development to Arris to contributions to the RDK Media Framework to support a common method for extracting DVB streams.

"Given the RDK's global reach and appeal, it was imperative to deliver DVB-SI functionality to support legacy networks," said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC.

For more:
- read this RDK Management press release

Related links:
RDK poised for cloud-based distribution
RDK expands into Europe with DVB support for set top boxes
Time Warner Cable developing its first RDK-based IP set-top

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