Light Reading
HDMI streaming sticks and the cable-ready RDK platform are both trending, so Alticast has decided to marry the two.

Next Up: RDK Streaming Sticks

Mari Silbey
2/6/2014
50%
50%

Alticast is on a roll with RDK.

Alticast Corp. , a television software and integration specialist, is getting ready to demonstrate a new version of its software framework for high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) streaming sticks at next week's RDK Users Conference in Denver.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) popularized the HDMI streaming stick form factor with the launch of Chromecast last summer. Numerous manufacturers, including LG Electronics Inc. (London: LGLD; Korea: 6657.KS) and Roku Inc. , have gone on to develop their own versions. The difference with Alticast is that it focuses specifically on the software for these HDMI adapters and is combining the cable-ready Reference Design Kit (RDK) platform with its own HTML5 application framework and support for Android apps.

Alticast has been testing a version of its streaming software for many months. The new release includes an RDK-based application storefront that operators can customize with their own branding and curated collection of HTML5 apps. The company says the latest software includes workflow tools for "application upload, versioning, and sales monitoring."

At the Consumer Electronics Show last month, Alticast showed how its streaming stick solution, working in tandem with a home media gateway, could deliver cable services side by side with web-based apps. In that demo, Alticast CTO John Carlucci presented several MSO-developed program guides running on an HDMI adapter, including one from Cox Communications Inc. (Cox has since confirmed that it's worked with Alticast on the proof of concept, but clarified that the testing process is still in the very early stages.) There were also links to apps from other popular consumer websites, including Twitter Inc. , Facebook , YouTube Inc. , and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX). (See Alticast Primps for Vegas Spotlight.)

The cable industry has shown strong interest in thin clients like the HDMI streaming stick. Nick Thexton, CTO of Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO)'s service provider video infrastructure group, said last month that he is a fan of the form factor, and that he is starting to see a similar response from customers. Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) senior vice president and general manager Kevin Keefe talked last fall about experimenting with an HDMI adapter product for the cable market. (See Cisco Exec: Thinner Pay-TV STBs Coming and Arris RDK Boxes Coming Soon.)

Given the growing popularity of RDK and HDMI streaming sticks, it's a good bet that we'll see more of the two platforms married together in 2014. Alticast will get the party started in Denver next week.

The Feb. 11 users conference, by the way, will be the second staged by the cable industry to spur the development and deployment of RDK, a standardized, pre-integrated software bundle designed to power IP and hybrid IP/QAM set-top boxes and media gateways. The private gathering is designed for the roughly 120 vendors, cable operators, chipmakers, and other firms that have licensed the RDK software bundle so far.

Two other licenses planning to demonstrate products next week are Espial Group Inc. and Silicon Software & Systems Ltd. (S3) . Espial will showcase "a high-performance HTML5 user experience" on multiple RDK boxes. S3 Group will highlight its testing and integration products and services for pay TV providers. In addition, Philip Brennan, vice president of technology for S3, will lead a panel discussion on how RDK code management works.

— Mari Silbey, special to Light Reading

(4)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
anthony.nima
50%
50%
anthony.nima,
User Rank: Light Beer
2/17/2014 | 1:07:02 AM
Re: Hmm...
@michelle: Don't you think streaming is something to do with the network and the device has nothing to do with it in major scale ?  
Michelle
50%
50%
Michelle,
User Rank: Moderator
2/16/2014 | 9:10:26 PM
Re: Hmm...
Better than Roku with features similar to Chromecast would work for me. Roku is super simple to use. It seems that ease of use is hard to find in similar streaming and 'smart' devices.
albreznick
50%
50%
albreznick,
User Rank: Blogger
2/14/2014 | 6:30:48 PM
Re: Hmm...
Interesting, Michelle. Thanks for the feedback. So what would it take to attract you to the RDK streaming sticks? Do they need to be a lot better than Chromecast?  
Michelle
50%
50%
Michelle,
User Rank: Moderator
2/10/2014 | 10:47:44 PM
Hmm...
The RDK streaming sticks sound promising but I remain skeptical until I can test one for myself. I bought the Chromecast device because it was cheap and there was promise of a future App Store. It's still a beta product (and buggy). I tested a different device called the SmartStick that used small HDMI form factor but it was terrible. HTML5 apps haven't quite lived up to the hype. Perhaps their day is still to come.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Virtual CPE

1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (1) comment


As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
LRTV Interviews
Bob Wilson, Arsenal Legend: The Light Reading Interview

1|16|15   |   35:36   |   (3) comments


Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson was Light Reading's guest interviewee at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit in December. See what the former soccer star and sports broadcaster had to say when he took to the stage in Iceland.
LRTV Custom TV
What MEF Third Network Initiative Means for SDN & NFV

1|14|15   |   6:13   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss discusses the importance of the MEF Third Network initiative and why it's good news for SDN/NFV industry initiatives.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
BlackBerry Wants Net Neutrality Protection – That's Just Sad
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/22/2015
Verizon Ready for Google MVNO Challenge
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/22/2015
FiOS Picks Up Pace Again
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 1/22/2015
Indiana Carrier Takes Fiber to the Farm
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/22/2015
The New Internet Space Race: Google's Final Frontier?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/21/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive