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Opera renews AirTies agreement

AirTies LogoOpera Software has renewed an agreement with set-top box and wireless networking specialist AirTies that it says will enable pay TV operators using the latter’s devices to extend their offerings with OTT and HbbTV services.

The extended agreement means that the Opera Devices SDK will remain available for the entire AirTies set-top box portfolio, ranging from pure OT/IPTV boxes to hybrid DVR devices, as well as next-generation HEVC products. AirTies will also use the latest version of the Opera Devices SDK, the which Opera claims to be the industry’s first Blink-based HTML5 rendering engine, to enable OTT services on its next-generation set-top boxes.

“With the growing demand for IP Video and OTT services globally, we are happy to extend our partnership with AirTies, which we first established back in 2008. AirTies continues to work with us because of our ability to bring services to market quickly and manage the complexity of keeping up with the evolving web technologies, as well as the added value we can bring to their operator customers,” said Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice-president for TV and devices, Opera Software.

“Leading operators are now adapting over-the-top-content streaming technology to bring on-demand services to pay-TV, as well as wirelessly streaming HD content to multiple TVs and tablets. Working with Opera is a perfect match for us, as we can offer a full-featured STB solution with advanced security, HTML5, PVR and VoD,” said Ali Sayinta, EVP, product management, AirTies.