Cable Show 2012: Itaas Licenses Comcast RDK

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Interactive TV software and services firm Itaas announced that it has licensed the Comcast Reference Development Kit (RDK), a pre-integrated software bundle that powers tru2way, IPTV or hybrid set-top boxes and includes the CableLabs OCAP Reference Implementation software along with other open-source components.

The agreement will let Itaas to provide software development, integration and testing services to set-top box and chip manufacturers as well as MSOs who are planning to take advantage of the RDK initiative, the Atlanta-based company said.

"Itaas has always focused on accelerating advanced services to consumers," Itaas president and CEO Vibha Rustagi said. "In licensing [Comcast's] RDK, we will leverage our depth and breadth of experience with industry leading chipsets and middleware platforms making us an ideal partner for providers looking to deploy RDK-based solutions or vendors porting RDK to their hardware."

The Comcast RDK initiative is designed to provide a streamlined approach to the development and deployment of advanced set-top, gateway, and system on a chip (SoC) platforms.

"Our goal is to make the RDK available to companies such as Itaas in order to accelerate development of an advanced software solution throughout the industry," Steve Reynolds, Comcast's senior vice president of CPE and Home Network, said in a statement. "Support from Itaas and others is helping to pave the way for broader industry adoption and deployment of this platform that enables developers, operators and device vendors to create rich, multiscreen TV home entertainment experiences and bring them to consumers faster."