Opera Software and Altech Multimedia Cut Deal for TV Market

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Opera Software and Altech Multimedia, a leading provider of multimedia products and services, announced today an agreement to expand their cooperation on web technology for the TV industry. In addition to the Altech devices, powered by Opera’s Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV technology, currently shipped already into central Europe, Altech Multimedia will also deploy further devices powered by Opera for TV into other markets, globally.

“Cooperation with Opera enables Altech Multimedia to advance into the connected TV world in a most modular way,” says Peter Balchin, CEO, Altech Multimedia. “We are looking forward to the launch of our new, interactive ready, set-top box powered by Opera. The agreement is tailored to boost the partnership and open doors to many new opportunities in the future. This is just the beginning.”

Altech SetOne, a subsidiary of Altech Multimedia in Germany, is currently offering Opera’s HbbTV solution on a number of its devices deployed in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. By expanding the agreement, Altech Devices, with Opera’s HbbTV technology and Opera Devices SDK with media streaming option on board, will also be available to other operators across the world.

The first device to benefit from this cooperation is the new high definition set-top box, the DSD 4123, currently under development for Digiturk, a satellite television provider in Turkey. Powered by Opera’s HbbTV solution, the HD set-top box will bring Digiturk viewers an advanced and interactive satellite TV experience, seamless browsing, video on demand and much more.

“Opera for HbbTV is the world’s leading hybrid TV technology, already shipped on millions of set-top boxes and TVs, combining a highly entertaining TV experience with the power of the web,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “By extending the cooperation with Altech Multimedia, we aim to bring Opera for TV solutions to even more living rooms, keeping HbbTV booming in Europe.”

 

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