AirTies selects Opera SDK to bring OTT to STBs

written by: Richard Kastelein

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OPERALOGOOpera 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 adopting 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 zlauder [at]

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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