Published on Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:32
Topfield, a manufacturer of advanced set-top boxes with cutting-edge
technology in the industry, and Opera Software, developer of the Opera
web browsers, today announced a partnership that has enabled the
delivery of a high-quality, seamless hybrid broadcast and broadband TV
(HbbTV) viewing experience. Topfield will implement the Opera Devices
Software Development Kit (SDK), which provides support for rich, modern
multimedia web content such as HTML5 video and audio elements, HTTP
adaptive streaming, OpenGL 3D graphics and the CE-HTML video element for
NPD In-Stat research forecasts that Europe's HbbTV service will begin
to gain dominance by late 2013, and HbbTV has recently announced the new
version of its hybrid TV specification to enhance the features and
functionality required to deliver feature-rich broadcast and internet TV
services. Topfield's new hybrid set-top boxes will implement the new
version of Opera Devices SDK to support HTTP adaptive streaming, HTML5
video and audio elements, and OpenGL 3D graphics to deliver better,
modern multimedia web content. These set-top boxes will be powered by
ViXS and Broadcom to achieve superior multimedia performance.
"The connected TV ecosystem will bring a richer and more interactive
web experience through HbbTV," says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software.
"Both Topfield and Opera are committed to providing customers with an
intuitive and high-quality HbbTV experience throughout the worldwide
market, with cutting-edge convergence technology for modern, multimedia
Providing interfaces, applications and browsers for OEMs to create a
rich connected TV experience, Opera Devices SDK has shipped on millions
of set-top boxes and TVs and has ported to all major chipsets, including
ARM, MIPS, SH4 and Intel. Opera's SDK features robust support for HbbTV
applications thanks to a unique HbbTV-compliant application manager,
which allows web applications to access existing TV functionality, while
providing superior performance, speed and ease of integration.
The new Topfield hybrid set-top boxes with Opera browser technology inside will be available in the second half of 2012.