Opera TV has announced that Humax’s new set-top boxes, unveiled last week, will be the first live deployment of its HbbTV 2.0 SDK. Humax’s new set-top boxes are the first Freeview-Play-enabled devices. The Freeview Play service on Humax set-top boxes uses the latest HbbTV specification, giving UK viewers 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.
Back in September 2015, Opera announced it was the first company to offer the ready-to-deploy HbbTV 2.0 SDK to TV OEMs and set-top box manufacturers. HbbTV 2.0 is based on HTML5, aligning it with modern internet standards, which enables broadcasters to offer their viewers advanced experiences for digital streaming over linear programming.
“The Opera TV SDK has been deployed on millions of Humax set-top boxes since 2011,” says Graham North, Commercial Director, Humax, “Opera and Humax were once again quick to adapt to new market developments, making us the first to bring consumers advanced products with superior performance.”