Kabel Deutschland joins RDK community

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 
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PHILADELPHIA and UNTERFOHRING, Germany — Today, Kabel Deutschland, Germany’s largest cable network operator, announced that it has formally joined the RDK community. The company licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK) from RDK Management, LLC aimed at accelerating the development of next-generation in-home devices and video services. The announcement was made today at the RDK User Conference, an industry event for RDK licensees held in Denver, Colorado.

“The RDK provides a unified technological foundation for pay-TV operators and our ecosystem of partners,” said Lorenz Glatz, Chief Technical Officer of Kabel Deutschland. “Kabel Deutschland licensed the RDK because it is one of the most positive and promising developments in terms of standardization across device platforms. Not only will we benefit from global economies of scale, but it provides the basis necessary for innovation across our products and applications.”

“Kabel Deutschland is a leading pioneer in the industry, and we’re extremely proud that they have licensed the RDK for use in their product roadmap,” said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. “It is further testament to the growing interest among global pay TV operators to accelerate new product launch cycles. The RDK provides MVPD’s with the underlying software layer needed to create more nimble and advanced services across STB, gateway, and SoC platforms.”

The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid Set-Top Boxes and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors, software developers, system integrators and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization.