A slate of executives helping to lead the charge on the implementation of the RDK will discuss where the program is and where it’s going at a panel session at Cable-Tec Expo in two weeks.

On hand st the“All Things RDK” session will be

• Steve Heeb, president and general manager, RDK Management, LLC;

• Steve Reynolds, senior vice president, premises technology, Comcast;

• Bill Warga, vice president, technology, Liberty Global; and

• Matthew Zalesko, senior vice president/technology, Time Warner Cable.

The panelists will address details, progress and the roadmap of the RDK program.  Among the topics to be discussed will be the fundamental principles of RDK; steps to deployment; lessons learned from initial RDK work; and the potential of RDK to support a variety of use cases. 

The 75-minute session is slated to begin at 2:45 p.m.

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 (STBs) and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, SoC vendors, and other software developers, system integrators and TV service providers (for more information, see the CED article from our September issue "RDK is moving at lightning speed").

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. Supported by more than 100 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable to administer the RDK.

The Oct. 22 Opening General Session at Cable-Tec Expo will include a keynote conversation between NCTA President & CEO Michael Powell and Kevin Hart, executive vice president and CTO of Cox Communications and chairman of the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Program Committee, as well as two thought-leadership panels. 

Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications, will moderate a C-Suite panel featuring Dave Watson, executive vice president and CEO of Comcast, and Bob Stanzione, chairman and CEO of Arris; and John Schanz, chief network officer and executive vice president of Comcast, will moderate a network operations panel featuring: Yvette Kanouff, executive vice president, corporate engineering and technology, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Guy McCormick, vice president, engineering, Cox Communications; Matthew Stanek, senior vice president of core, regional, metro and network operations, Time Warner Cable; and Marwan Fawaz, partner with Sarepta Advisors.