Time Warner Cable Inc.
) have collaborated to form RDK Management, LLC. The newly-formed
entity will look after the Reference Design Kit (RDK)
applications, which are generally integrated in next-generation
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Initially RDK application was manufactured and licensed by
Comcast in order to develop a common platform for installing
tru2way, IP or hybrid set-top boxes and gateway devices.
Moreover, the RDK tool also supports the rollout of advanced
video services through CableLabs OCAP Reference Implementation
software and other open source platforms.
Thus, Comcast will transfer all the RDK related tools,
intellectual property rights, licenses and associated contracts
to the new entity. RDK Management will offer RDK licensing,
community support and training and code management support.
Moreover, it will also offer an extended back-up program to
deliver technical support to RDK licensees.
Comcast started offering RDK software from 2012. Within one year,
RDK tools have gained popularity among different OEMs, Systems
Integrators, SOCs and software vendors. More than 100 such
clients have joined the RDK community, which will help each other
to share a common platform in developing multi-screen TV home
entertainment experiences for its end customers.
Growing demand of low cost video streaming services from
) and Hulu coupled with higher retransmission fees from large
networks companies like
Time Warner Inc.
) have forced these cable MSOs to counter competition.
Currently, Comcast carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).