Time Warner Cable (TWC), one of the leading cable operators in the U.S. has announced plans to start development on the cable giant’s first IP set-top box. The set-top box, which will be developed in partnership with Humax, one of the world's largest manufacturers of digital set-top boxes and an organization Alticast has collaborated closely with in the past, will leverage the popular RDK software bundle and also feature TWC’s new HTML 5 cloud-based navigation guide.
The announcement is the most recent move in the ongoing effort to promote RDK as the cable industry’s dominant, unifying platform. Last year, TWC and Comcast announced their RDK joint venture to support widespread implementation of the standardized software bundle so that it will eventually become the industry standard. Alan Breznick from Light Reading points out that Comcast leveraged RDK in its X1 hybrid IP video gateways, which have been introduced in all of its markets.
As we look ahead to an industry continually progressing towards all IP service, it’s critical that we realize the key role that RDK adoption will play in the process.