& cplSiteName &

TWC Reveals RDK Set-Top Plans

Alan Breznick

Playing catchup ball with its two RDK Management partners, Time Warner Cable has finally spilled some of the beans about its first IP set-top box to be equipped with Reference Design Kit (RDK) software.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), which holds a stake in the RDK Management LLC venture with Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and Liberty Global Inc. (Nasdaq: LBTY), announced Tuesday that it's developing its first IP set-top with Humax Co. Ltd. The MSO said the Humax box will come integrated with the RDK platform, a pre-integrated software bundle for IP video set-tops and gateways that's designed to become the industry standard.

Besides the RDK software, the IP set-top under development will come outfitted with the new cloud-based navigation guide that TW Cable has been furiously building. Similar to those offered by Comcast, Cox Communications Inc. , and several other major MSOs, this HTML-5 guide is designed to give viewers a better search experience with enhanced features and more program information. In addition, the new guide should allow the MSO to offer the same or a similar search experience to viewers using tablets, smartphones, videogame consoles, and other video screens.

TWC said it expects to deploy its new IP set-top boxes in "select markets" by the end of the year. While it did not disclose those markets, good early bets might be New York and Los Angeles because those are the company's two biggest markets and both are already in the process of going all-digital.

With its deployment of RDK, TW Cable would thus join Comcast and Liberty Global in rolling out boxes with the IP video software to its subscribers. Comcast, the prime force behind the development of RDK, has already leveraged the software bundle in its X1 hybrid IP video gateways, which have been introduced in all of its markets. For its part, Liberty Global is rolling out RDK in its next-generation Horizon hybrid IP video gateways, which, like the Comcast's X1 gateways and TWC's planned IP boxes, will feature a cloud-based programming guide. (See Bye Bye OCAP, Hello RDK, Liberty Global Joins Team RDK , and All the Way With RDK?)

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(1)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
User Rank: Blogger
4/16/2014 | 9:24:41 PM
Comcast and TWC
Do you think Comcast is starting to nudge its new best friend TWC to get with the RDK program a bit more aggressively?
Featured Video
From The Founder
Ngena's global 'network of networks' solves a problem that the telecom vendors promised us would never exist. That doesn't mean its new service isn't a really good idea.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
March 28, 2018, Kansas City Convention Center
April 4, 2018, The Westin Dallas Downtown, Dallas
April 9, 2018, Las Vegas Convention Center
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Dell CTO: Public Cloud Is 'Way More Expensive Than Buying From Us'
Mitch Wagner, Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading, 3/19/2018
IBM Faces Age Discrimination Accusations
Mitch Wagner, Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading, 3/22/2018
Eurobites: Cambridge Analytica Feels the Heat
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 3/20/2018
HR: Cable Dominates US Broadband
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/21/2018
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed