ActiveVideo has become the latest European tech firm to join the RDK (Reference Design Kit) community.
In addition to becoming a licensee for the technology, ActiveVideo will also contribute a cloud-based browser for delivery of HTML5-based interactive TV UX, content and applications to RDK devices.

“ActiveVideo’s expertise and leadership in advancing cloud rendering of applications fills an important need within the RDK community, as operators seek to capitalize on cloud technologies to create their own user experiences on top of the RDK software stack,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management, LLC. “The RDK is being embraced by more and more operators, technology partners, and systems integrators that are all committed to having a more open and flexible technical foundation for next-gen devices.”

“RDK’s ability to standardize application development across the pay-TV ecosystem is accelerating creation and deployment of advanced services,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo. “By combining the RDK’s device-based approach with the power of the cloud, we can help the RDK and industry at large achieve greater scale, faster time-to-market and consistency for television experiences across entire device footprints.”

The RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle that provides a common framework for powering customer-premises equipment (CPE) from TV service providers, including set-top boxes, gateways, and converged devices. RDK is supported by more than 160 licensees including CE manufacturers, SOCs vendors, software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers.

RDK is a joint venture between Comcast Cable, Time Warner Cable, and Liberty Global. Significantly, ActiveVideo is a key supplier to Ziggo, in the process of being acquired by Liberty, subject to European regulatory approvals.