Hillcrest Labs Licenses Comcast RDK for Greater TV Interactivity
Motion-enabled product leader Hillcrest Labs announced today that it's the first company to license Comcast's reference design kit (RDK) software stack. The RDK is meant to create a common framework for the next generation of set-top boxes, combining cloud-based functionality, improved on-screen guides, stronger graphics, and improved search. Hillcrest will use the RDK when working with OEMs, semiconductor manufacturers, MVPDs (multichannel video programming distributors), and software vendors for software development, integration, and testing.
Hillcrest's goals for the RDK include creating an industry-wide advanced software solution that will enable advanced functionality on tomorrow's set-top boxes, gateways, and system-on-a-chip platforms, notes Steve Reynolds, a senior vice president at Hillcrest. Motion control software is one way to offer more compelling TV experiences, he says. Hillcrest has created the Freespace Motion Engine, motion software that can be added to a variety of living room streaming devices. Roku, Kodak, LG, Logitech, and more currently license Freespace.
“Leveraging our depth and breadth of experience as a worldwide leader in motion-enabled products, Hillcrest is excited to be the first motion control technology supplier to support the RDK,” says Dan Simpkins, Hillcrest's chairman, founder, and CEO.
Hillcrest will show off its Freespace Motion Engine next month at The Cable Show in Washington, D.C.
The plugin can transcode up to four HD streams at a time and is supported by the company's ZN200 content networking system-on-chip.