If there is one drawback to all the technology that's available to us, it is the issue of compatibility. It is perfectly understandable for companies to protect their intellectual property, but at some point they have to come together and adopt a platform that can be used by any device and any operating system. While they haven't reached that point yet, HTML5 is slowly nudging companies to develop solutions using a platform anyone can use with an Internet enabled device. The potential of HTML 5 is huge considering the gaming industry, video entertainment, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.
Espial, provider of on-demand TV software and solutions, is going to be demonstrating its latest innovation with high performance HTML 5 TV user experience on multiple Reference Design Kit (RDK) IP and hybrid set-top boxes (STB) at the RDK User Conference in Denver, Colorado on February 11.
The company develops advanced HTML 5 TV solutions for cable operators and smart TV manufacturers. With its latest innovation, the Espial (News - Alert) RDK solution will provide consumers the highest level of performance in usability on RDK set-top boxes.
The reference design kit is an integrated software bundle that can be accessed by operators in need of a software stack for set-top devices. The fully tested and integrated system runs on QAM, IP and Hybrid devices. It can be applied by consumer electronics manufacturers, system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors as well as software developers, system integrators and TV service providers.
The code of RDK is to develop in the open with regular robust releases without fragmentation in a royalty-free community where contribution is encouraged. The hope is this will provide a platform for standardization, allowing products to enter the marketplace faster than ever before while expanding services.
The platform is able to introduce solutions that can solve software defragmentation currently affecting the market by speeding the deployment process of next-generation video services and increasing the collaboration and standardization effort.
It also provides operators with the ability to introduce new applications to any RDK-based STB using the Espial STB Client. The company announced it has been chosen by tier one cable operator to integrate RDK with an out-of-the-box HTML5 user experience complete with the Espial application framework.
The Espial STB Client delivers Rich Standards Support offering support for HTML5, RDK, HbbTV, OIPF and other industry standards. The core features include:
- Electronic Program Guide
- Timeshift TV
- HTML5 Browser
- Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
- Whole Home DVR
"Espial is committed to delivering the best TV user experience across set-top boxes and smart TVs. Leveraging the RDK platform with Espial's HTML5 pedigree results in a high performance user experience that is interactive and responsive, as well as quick to develop and deploy," said Kirk Edwardson, Director of Marketing, Espial.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker