Espial, a leader in on-demand TV software and solutions, today announced a joint RDK solution with Samsung Electronics that gives cable operators greater choice in building best of breed hardware and software set-top box solutions. The two RDK licensees have teamed on a rich, multiplatform home entertainment HTML5 user experience (UX), combining Samsung’s IP set-top box and home media gateway with the Espial STB Client.
“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,” says Ikdai Ham, VP and Head of Set Top Box S/W Lab, Samsung Electronics. “Our goal is to expand CPE choices for operators and help them achieve rapid service innovation by working with leading HTML5 UX solutions from companies like Espial to bring a more engaging user experience to consumers.”
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.