Opera Software, GooMe Interactive in OTT Partnership

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Oslo-based browser specialist, Opera Software, and Raanana, Israel-based OTT media solutions provider, GooMe Interactive, on Monday announced a strategic technology partnership that they say will see them delivering "modular, Web-based solutions for experiencing TV, Web and home media for the set-top box and DTV industry via IPTV and/or hybrid IP/broadcast delivery."

The companies claim that the combination of Opera's Devices SDK and GooMe's OTT media solution will result in a "seamless and interactive" user experience that will offer "the simplicity of single remote control access." This solution will give operators, broadcasters and TV/set-top box OEM's access to a broad variety of Internet and media services, the companies say, ranging from traditional TV to home media streaming and on-demand services such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. "Opera and GooMe share a vision of how to bring the Web, added-value media content, and Internet services to TV screens," Opera CEO, Jon von Tetzchner, said in a prepared statement. "We both place high priority on adhering to open standards while at the same time offering a premium user experience and helping our customers shorten their time to market." Added GooMe founder and CEO, Danny Peled: "The cross-platform Opera-GooMe modular solution will be easily portable to any browser-powered device, thus creating a real opportunity for 'TV Anywhere' convergence. With major initiatives such as HbbTV and OIPF shaping the future of digital TV, Opera and GooMe expect to see solutions such as this take the IPTV and hybrid markets by storm in 2010."

A demo video of GooMe's OTT media solution running on Opera's Devices SDK is embedded above.