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Kabel Deutschland joins RDK community

PHILADELPHIA and UNTERFOHRING, Germany, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable network operator, announced that it has formally joined the RDK community. The company licensed the Reference Design Kit (RDK) from RDK Management, LLC aimed at accelerating the development of next-generation in-home devices and video services. The announcement was made today at the RDK User Conference, an industry event for RDK licensees held in Denver, Colorado.

"The RDK provides a unified technological foundation for pay-TV operators and our ecosystem of partners," said Lorenz Glatz, Chief Technical Officer of Kabel Deutschland. "Kabel Deutschland licensed the RDK because it is one of the most positive and promising developments in terms of standardization across device platforms. Not only will we benefit from global economies of scale, but it provides the basis necessary for innovation across our products and applications."

"Kabel Deutschland is a leading pioneer in the industry, and we're extremely proud that they have licensed the RDK for use in their product roadmap," said Steve Heeb, President and General Manager of RDK Management, LLC. "It is further testament to the growing interest among global pay TV operators to accelerate new product launch cycles. The RDK provides MVPD's with the underlying software layer needed to create more nimble and advanced services across STB, gateway, and SoC platforms." 

The Reference Design Kit (RDK) is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid Set-Top Boxes and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors, software developers, system integrators and TV service providers. The RDK was developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation by providing speed-to-market, collaboration and standardization.

About RDK Management, LLC
RDK Management, LLC is a joint venture between Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable, and supported by more than 120 licensees, to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK). Developed to accelerate the deployment of next-generation video services and prevent software fragmentation, the RDK is a pre-integrated software bundle developed and licensed to create a common framework for powering IP or hybrid set-top boxes and gateway devices for CE manufacturers, SOCs vendors and other software developers, system integrators, and TV service providers. For more information please visit http://www.rdkcentral.com.

About Kabel Deutschland
Kabel Deutschland (KD), Germany's largest cable operator, offers its customers digital, high definition (HD) and analog TV, Pay TV and DVR offerings, Video on Demand, broadband Internet (up to 100 Mbit/s), WiFi services and fixed-line Phone services via cable as well as mobile services in cooperation with an industry partner. The publicly listed company (MDAX, MSCI Europe, Stoxx 600 Europe) operates cable networks in 13 German federal states and supplies its services to approximately 8.4 million connected households. As per end of fiscal year 2012/13, Kabel Deutschland had approximately 3,700 employees. In the fiscal year 2012/13 (12 months ended March 31, 2013), the Company reported revenues of €1,830 million and an Adjusted EBITDA of €862 million.

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