Reference Implementations – History Repeating Itself

Question:  How can you introduce a “Reference Implementation” into a middleware market when there are already millions of STBs running good quality implementations of that middleware…then claim that the RI (that runs on a PC) is the “Gold Standard” and has to be adhered to for future devices that run on your network?  You can if you want to copy European Middleware business – A replication of what an MHP Organisation did all those years ago (Remember the IRT Reference Implementation) and it delayed the market by 2 years or more as people learnt that the RI was not worth the code it was written in and would never be deployable…The “Gold Standard” was that middleware already deployed.   Debugged, market tried and tested.  Real world network implementation not lab theory is what matters in the TV Software business.

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