AirTies selects Opera SDK to bring OTT to STBs

Friday, September 13th, 2013 
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Opera and AirTies extend cooperation

OSLO, Norway, and AMSTERDAM — Opera Software today announced that it has renewed its partnership with AirTies, a Turkish developer of wireless and OTT streaming devices for pay-TV operators, targeting the UK, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Nordics. The agreement makes the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) available to the entire AirTies set-top box (STB) portfolio, ranging from pure OTT/ IPTV STBs to advanced hybrid PVR STBs, as well as a next-generation HEVC product coming soon from AirTies.

Opera Software and AirTies began working together in 2008, when AirTies selected the Opera Devices SDK for its newest STB. The Opera Devices SDK in AirTies devices enables consumers to access exciting over-the-top and HbbTV content in their hybrid STBs. The SDK also brings support for streaming technologies like MPEG DASH, Smooth Streaming and HLS.

“We are pleased to take the next step in furthering a long-lasting relationship with AirTies, which has chosen Opera for its professional support, standards compliance and technical performance,” says Aneesh Rajaram, Senior Vice-President for TV & Devices, Opera Software. “AirTies has a strong IPTV/OTT presence in many fast-growing markets, and it is exciting to bring these users an enhanced viewing experience through Opera.”

“The ARPU and subscriber growth benefits of adapting OTT streaming technology to bring on-demand services to pay TV and wirelessly streaming HD content to multiple TVs and tablets is now proven by leading operators,” said Bulent Celebi, Founder and Chairman of AirTies. “OTT streaming allows operators to address subscribers not reachable by their network and provides HD quality even in limited broadband/internet conditions. The combination of the Opera and AirTies software stack brings a full featured STB solution with advanced security, HTML5, PVR, VoD, and catch up.”

See the Opera Devices SDK in action on AirTies devices during IBC in Amsterdam (13-17 September), in the AirTies booth at Hall 5 Booth B.33. Meet Opera Software in Hall 14 Booth 111 at IBC; to arrange a commercial or media meeting, contact [email protected]