Fierce Video – September 18, 2018
RDK Management has a plan to make it easier for pay TV service providers to build and launch apps for RDK set-top boxes.
The program will let operators choose from an RDK pre-integrated app store solution or an RDK App Framework to build and manage their own solutions.
“Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the RDK,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, in a statement. “Since inception, the RDK community focused on bringing transparency and standardization to certain technical functions of video set-top boxes and broadband gateways, enabling service providers to focus on their consumer-facing applications and UIs. Thanks to the RDK community, this new open source RDK App Framework will make it even easier for service providers to develop, launch, and manage apps in a consistent way across RDK set-top boxes. To be clear, RDK Management is not in the ‘app business’ itself, but rather ‘app enablement’ with our partners.”
The framework includes onboarding and life cycle management tools, and enables app portability across various set-top box models. Using the framework and RDK Firebolt App SDK, operators can make HTML5 or native apps. The RDK open source community, along with contributions from Metrological, have essentially set up a common technical framework to support video apps like Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime Video, along with third-party HTML5 apps.
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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