Espial and Samsung Electronics have combined the latter’s RDK-based IP set-top box and home media gateway with the latter’s STB Client, which is built using HTML 5.
“The RDK platform helps us provide a set-top box platform that allows operators to more rapidly incorporate services that consumers expect, such as new and more immersive user interfaces,” said Ikdai Ham, Samsung Electronics VP and head of the company’s Set Top Box S/W Lab, Samsung Electronics.
Jaison Dolvane, president and CEO, Espial, said, “We achieve an exceptional TV user experience by extending RDK with our advanced application framework and user experience framework. Together with the CPE expertise of Samsung, we are helping operators to delight consumers with engaging user experiences while RDK solution that is elegant, flexible and allows rapid service innovation.”
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 vendors, software developers, system integrators and TV service providers. 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 120 licensees, RDK Management, LLC was formed as a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable to administer the RDK.