Opera, TechniSat and Verimatrix provide smooth TV browsing for operators

Opera Software, together with consumer-electronics manufacturer TechniSat Digital and Verimatrix, a specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for digital TV services, today announced that the latest TechniSat hybrid set-top boxes (STB) will be powered by the Opera Software Development Kit (SDK) and protected by advanced Verimatrix security solutions.

Opera Software and TechniSat have been partnering for years to deliver STBs powered by Opera’s web technology. This long-standing collaboration now brings TechniSat hybrid STBs, with a DVB-C tuner subsystem operating in conjunction with over-the-top (OTT) video service support, and offers a friendly interface for browsing web content and video sources on TVs. Opera’s SDK brings support for HMTL5-based middleware, as well as the rendering of commercial OTT video content, to TechniSat devices.

DVB and OTT pay-TV services, available via TechniSat STBs, are protected by a hybrid Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) security solution, using the award-winning ViewRight ONE security client. The solution provides cardless protection of QAM-based broadcast services and direct support for enhanced HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) secured services through a native HTML5 video tag. The integration of ViewRight with the browser’s native HLS stack gives efficient support for commercial OTT video services using the world’s dominant video-streaming format. The IP-hybrid STB, which enables seamless blending of broadcast and internet-delivered video, is a natural way to combine the growing range of HLS services with the efficient MPEG hardware support of STBs and other devices.

With the new TechniSat STBs, cable operators gain ready-to-deploy products that support modern web standards and premium and secure OTT services for viewers. This solution can also be customized to match operators’ needs, including the integration of further options, such as Opera’s HbbTV solutions, portals and services, including the Opera TV Store.

“Top-notch security and a seamless web TV experience are simply must-haves in the TV world today,” says Aneesh Rajaram, Senior Vice-President for TV & Devices, Opera Software. “Opera’s standards-compliant browser engine and TechniSat’s solid platform and performance, together with advanced revenue security from Verimatrix, make the latest TechniSat STBs a perfect choice for operators.”

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