Kabel Deutschland joins RDK

February 11, 2014 10.14 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Lorenz GlatzKabel Deutschland has officially joined the RDK community. Germany’s largest cable network operator has licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK) from RDK Management LLC. The process is 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.

RDK Management, LLC is a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable, more than 120 licensees to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK) have been issued to date.