Motorola Mobility licences Comcast RDK for interactive TV
Michelle Clancy | 22-08-2012
Motorola Mobility is looking to bolster its chops in the interactive and IP set-top-box space with a deal with Comcast to licence a new RDK. The reference kit offers a common framework to build to for powering tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and video gateway devices.
Moto is looking to embrace the ever-growing number of connected devices within the home, providing a range of STBs that can power the anytime, anyplace, any screen experience that viewers are beginning to demand.
The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle meant to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation video services, including cloud-based functionalities like video on demand (VOD), improved programming guide experiences with richer graphics and better search functionality. Comcast licenses the RDK to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), semiconductor manufacturers, software vendors and multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).
"Our goal is to work closely with our operator customers to provide consumers with simple and intuitive entertainment experiences so they can enjoy their content anytime, anywhere, on any screen," said Larry Robinson, Motorola Mobility's senior vice president and GM for home devices. "We've worked closely with Comcast as a strategic and innovative partner for many years, and we're excited to license the RDK as a smart, integrated solution to help move the industry forward in the evolution of TV."
The RDK was developed by Comcast as a community-based project allowing developers, vendors and operators to use a defined stack of software on one layer in order to provision set-top boxes and video gateways. Its standard interfaces and shared source code model ensures the interoperability of interfaces and functionality on multiple platforms.
"Accelerating the cycle of innovation for video solutions, and specifically set-tops, is a common industry goal," said Steve Reynolds, senior vice president of CPE and home network for Comcast. "We are thrilled that an industry innovator such as Motorola is embracing this cooperative effort to provide operators, developers and device vendors the foundation required to innovate at a fast pace – a requirement in today's rapidly-changing multiscreen TV environment."