Opera deal opens curtain for HbbTV, OTT for AirTies

DetailsEditor | 20 December 2014

Leading broadcast technology provider AirTies has sealed a deal with Opera Software to enable pay-TV operators to offer over-the-top (OTT) and HbbTV video services through hybrid set-top boxes.

Opera Software and AirTies began working together in 2008, when AirTies selected the Opera Devices software development kit (SDK) for its set-top-box (STB). The SDK also brings support for streaming technologies including MPEG DASH, Smooth Streaming and HLS.

Under the terms of the new partnership, the Opera Devices SDK will remain available for the entire AirTies STBs portfolio, ranging from pure OTT/ IPTV STBs to hybrid PVR STBs, as well as next-generation HEVC products. AirTies will also use the latest version of the Opera Devices SDK, the industry’s first Blink-based HTML5 rendering engine, to enable OTT services on its next-generation set-top boxes.

The wireless and OTT streaming devices are targeted at pay-TV operators in the UK, Nordic countries, Switzerland and the US.

“Leading operators are now adapting over-the-top-content streaming technology to bring on-demand services to pay-TV, as well as wirelessly streaming HD content to multiple TVs and tablets,” explained Ali Sayinta, EVP, product management, AirTies. “Working with Opera is a perfect match for us, as we can offer a full-featured STB solution with advanced security, HTML5, PVR and VOD.”

“With the growing demand for IP Video and OTT services globally, we are happy to extend our partnership with AirTies,” added Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice-president for TV and devices, Opera Software.