Opera And Boxee Team Up In New Deal

written by: Richard Kastelein

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operaOpera Software and Boxee today announced that the Opera Devices Software Development Kit (SDK) is powering the HTML5 experience on Boxee TV, a brand-new streaming media player that offers the world’s first cloud DVR, live TV, and Internet Apps.

The Opera Devices SDK powers applications like YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo and WSJ Live, allowing customers to enjoy the best of the Internet on their TVs. Add Boxee’s DVR and broadcast TV channels to the mix, and the Opera-powered Boxee TV becomes a perfect gift for the holidays – all for under $100.

The power of Opera’s cutting-edge technology, with the most robust performance and standards support, gives Boxee TV access to more online video and provides users with the best experience while using Boxee’s integrated Apps. The Opera-powered Boxee TV is currently available throughout the United States in Walmart retail locations and at www.boxee.tv.

With this partnership, Boxee has thrown its weight behind HTML5 Apps, and Opera is currently the best solution to achieve that on embedded devices. Another advantage to Boxee users will be the growing number of Apps that will be available, as Opera expands its ever-growing portfolio of HTML5 Apps that can be easily ported to Boxee devices.

“In our world, content is king. Using Opera enabled us to add a lot of Apps to Boxee TV without a lot of effort on our part,” says Tom Sella, COO, Boxee. “In addition, working with Opera ensures our content library is well positioned to grow as more companies create HTML5 Apps.”

“All I want for Christmas is more TV shows, movies and online video,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “’Tis the season to give and receive, and finding a Boxee TV powered by Opera under the tree will make all those dreams come true.”

To win one of three Boxee TVs Opera is giving away this Christmas, click here. (for U.S. residents only)


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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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