Opera Devices Spotlights New HTML5 TV Rendering Engine

At the IBC 2014 Show Opera Devices (stand #14. E20), based in Oslo, Norway, will show its Blink-based embeddable HTML5 rendering engine for Smart TV devices, which now includes new features, a new internet browser , a new SDK (v4.2) and support for Android, RDK and 4K projects.

Developed by sister company Opera Software, this latest Software Development Kit (SDK) comes packed with a variety of new features. They include: Support for HbbTV 1.5, the latest version of the broadband broadcast specification; a media-streaming option with support for adaptive bitrate streaming, including MPEG-Dash, HTTP Live Streaming and Smooth Streaming. (This enables support for all kinds of video services, with better quality and a better user experience); and full support for Timed Text Markup Language (TTML)—according to a Smart TV Alliance specification—and support for multiple video, audio and text tracks for better rendering of subtitles and languages.

Support for additional connected-TV device platforms is also new in the latest version of the Opera Devices SDK. In version 4.2, support for devices based on the Android and RDK (Reference Design Kit) operating systems moves from beta to production, joining the SDK’s support for Linux-based devices. The additional platforms satisfy the demands of pay-TV operators and retail OEMs seeking to bring online services, applications and HbbTV to their platforms.

For manufacturers seeking to enable 4K content on their devices, the Opera Devices SDK 4.2 has been fully tested to manage the high memory flow required for ultra-high-definition television. Over-the-top content is anticipated to become the industry’s biggest driver of 4K content, rather than broadcasted content.

The Opera Devices SDK 4.2 also features a totally new Web-based browser, called the Opera TV browser. Empowering viewers to browse the full web directly from their TV with their standard remote control, the latest version features a new user interface completely tailored and optimized for the TV experience. The TV browser has now been deeply integrated into the Opera Devices SDK, making it easier than ever for manufacturers of Smart TV devices to select and deliver a web browser as part of their product offering.

The Opera TV portfolio powers rich web experiences on tens of millions of Smart TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray Disc players and chipsets for more than 60 customers, including Sony, TiVo, Samsung, Swisscom, Philips, TCL and Sharp.

The Opera TV ecosystem spans the Opera TV Store app platform with hundreds of apps tailor-made for TV, Opera Devices SDK for creating and rendering HTML5-based user interfaces, and the Opera TV browser for reaching the full web. Opera TV offers solutions for OEMs, pay-TV operators, broadcasters and content publishers. With the Opera Mediaworks advertising platform, Opera TV can help monetize and drive traffic to content through an end-to-end advertising solution.

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