Ottawa-based multiscreen user experience specialist Espial has announced the introduction of its fifth-generation RDK-based set-top box (STB) client solution. RDK is a common framework for powering pay-TV customer premises equipment (CPE) backed by US cable operators.
The latest version of Espial’s G4 STB client, to be featured at IBC, is designed to be incorporated by operators into their DevOps software development environments and to exploit ongoing innovations emanating from the open-source RDK community. Espial says enhancements to the client are designed to dramatically improve time to market, accelerate feature velocity, and support the richest video service capabilities on the market, including OTT apps.
Alongside its latest RDK release, the company is also introducing the Espial True RDK Toolkit, which features automation, building tools, processes, and test suites to fully harness ongoing innovations and contributions. This, says Espial, will allow operators to benefit from the scale of the RDK community to quickly adopt new capabilities – such as networking features for QAM, hybrid, and IP STBs, as well as next-generation use cases such as pluggable storage, network DVR, pause live TV, in-home content distribution, and wireless TV.
Espial’s G4 STB Client is used by leading operators around the world, including NOS, the primary cable operator in Portugal.