RDK expands into Europe with DVB support for set top boxes

The cable-consortium-created Reference Design Kit (RDK) has integrated support for the Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) standard and will now be used in European IP-capable set-tops, as well as those deployed in other parts of the world.

RDK Management, LCC, a joint venture formed by Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Liberty Global, announced the DVB support for their set-top software stack Wednesday at the Connected TV Summit in London.

"DVB support has been on the RDK roadmap since the inception of our joint venture, and we're very pleased to announce continued progress on that commitment," said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC, in a statement. "The RDK's applicability is global, and these enhancements will enable operators in Europe and other parts of the world to more easily leverage the RDK for deployment in their markets."

The RDK software stack has been licensed by more than 15 MSOs worldwide, including Liberty Global, Kabel Deutschland, Comcast and Time Warner Cable. The kit also has more than 150 licensees.

RDK software is offered free to RDK licensees, and RDK community member companies can contribute software changes and enhancements to the RDK stack.

For more:
- see this press release

Related links:
Time Warner Cable developing its first RDK-based IP set-top
Liberty Global buys stake in RDK Management
How IP video could reshape the pay TV business
Comcast licenses RDK to ThinkAnalytics

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