Opera Releases TV Application and Widget CDK

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Opera has entered the TV Apps and TV Widgets race with a Widget CDK, as in Content Development Kit, for all Opera devices containing HTML, CSS, XML and Javascript. The kit supports W3C, HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV), OIPF, and CEA-2014 specifications and can be installed on any standard Linux PC and will allow third party developers to create and debug portals, applications, widgets and webpages for TVs and other Opera-driven devices.

HbbTV is a French and German driven initiative that is expected to roll out in France early next year but has already captured marketshare in the Connected TV space in Germany.

The founding members of the HbbTV consortium consists of both television broadcasters and CE companies, meaning that there is a common goal of creating services that broadcasters wish to offer while meeting the capabilities of today's CE devices. The HbbTV steering group members are: ANT Software Limited, EBU (European Broadcasting Union), France Televisions, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH, OpenTV Inc, Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V Inc., Samsung, SES ASTRA S.A, Sony Corporation, Television Francaise 1 - TF1. The consortium is open for new members and seeks wide participation in order to foster the market introduction and continued developments.

HbbTV has a wide range of supporters from across the broadcaster and CE industries, details of which can be found here.

OIPF (Open IPTV Forum) has members that include Access, ADB, Alcatel-Lucent, Allion, Amino, ant, SES Astra, Awox, BBC, Bouygues Telecom, BT, D-Link, Deutsche Telekom, Dolby, DTS, Ericsson, Fastweb, FT Group, Fraunhofer, Funai, Gemalto Logo, Huawei, Hwacom, Intel, intertrust, IRT, ITRI, KDDI Logo, LG, Mediatek, Motorola, Nagravision Quative Logo, Netgem, Nokia Siemens Network, Opera Software, Panasonic, PCCW, Philips, Pirelli, Rai, Rogers Communication , ROVI, Samsung Electronics, Sharp, Sigma, SK Telecom, SmartLabs, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Swisscom, Technicolor , Telecom Italia, Telefonica, TeliaSonera, Testronic Labs, Toshiba, UTStarcom, Verimatrix, Vestel, Wyplay, ZTE, and ZyXEL.

The Open IPTV Forum was created in March 2007 to provide an IPTV solution enabling a "plug and play" experience for the end-users and filling a industry gap making it independent from the technology behind it. It has been a large influence on the HbbTV development standards. Today the Open IPTV Forum is an open, end to end specification for IPTV based upon existing technologies and open standards that could help to streamline and accelerate deployments of IPTV technologies and help to maximize the benefits of IPTV for consumers, network operators, content providers, service providers, consumer electronics manufacturers and home and network infrastructure providers.


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