Opera TV announces that its HbbTV 2.0 SDK will see its first live deployment in Humax’s new set-top boxes, a Freeview-Play-enabled device. Opera said that the Freeview Play service on Humax set-top boxes uses the latest HbbTV specification, giving U.K. viewers easy access to both linear and on-demand content, including catch-up TV services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, Channel 4’s All 4, and Channel 5’s Demand 5.
The SDK is designed to bring the industry’s latest HTML5 capabilities to TV, and includes Opera's Unified Video Architecture (UVA), which supports all major video streaming standards in use by content owners, including the playback of popular consumer OTT services.
HbbTV 2.0 use of HTML5 aligns it with modern internet standards, which enables broadcasters to offer their viewers advanced experiences for digital streaming over linear programming. Opera’s HbbTV 2.0 SDK is built on top of Opera’s TV SDK, which is highly optimized for Smart TV and set-top box hardware and supports a wide range of standards and use cases.