RDK Management announces app developer environment

DetailsEditor | 03 April 2015

Giving a welcome boost to the US cable industry, RDK Management is partnering with Metrological to build an app environment to create and test applications for devices based on its standard.

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 (STBs), gateways and converged devices. The new app developer environment uses the RDK and RDK Emulator to enable developers to prototype, develop and test RDK applications remotely on a laptop without using a physical RDK device or set-top box.

TV application solutions company Metrological has now combined its application framework with the RDK to create Metrological's RDK App Emulator. Metrological will administer and distribute the new emulator to developers looking to create apps on top of the RDK, regardless of whether they are RDK licensees.

"This new developer environment gives app developers of any size the ability to develop and test new RDK applications on their own laptops, which will help extend innovative new app experiences to the TV," explained Metrological CTO, Albert Dahan. "Metrological is proud to play such an important role in supporting the growing RDK app development community."

"Supporting app developers to create apps on top of the RDK is a very important part of the RDK mission," said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management. "Thanks to Metrological, the RDK can attract an even larger base of app developers that can provide apps to operators. Our long term goal is for the app developer community to view the RDK as the premier platform that brings new levels of innovation to the video industry."