If you’ve experienced Comcast’s X1, or Cox’s Contour, or Shaw’s “Free Range TV,” or Liberty Global’s “Horizon,” you’ve seen the RDK. RDK is the underlying platform for all of them, and more: Portugal’s “UMA TV,” from NOS, and lots more in the works from additional operators in Europe. Even more recently, Rogers signed on.
RDK continues to be a hot topic in tech circles because it’s expanding as a way to “abstract away” the things that used to prevent operators from quickly launching new services. First was RDK-V, for video. Up next is RDK-B
, for broadband. There’s an RDK-C, for connected cameras, in the works.
In large part, RDK is a chip-level thing. For instance, Intel recently announced it will use the RDK-B as the primary software stack in its line of Puma7 chips, targeted for use in broadband gateways and routers. That’s a big deal.
RDK-B is largely viewed as something that will enter the marketplace in lockstep with DOCSIS 3.1 — a two-punch that will give operators tons more capacity (that’s the 3.1 part), plus the data and metrics to improve service offerings, and the velocity to do it all at “web speed.”