Opera Software launches its new HTML5-based TV app store at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
has launched the Opera TV Store, an HTML5-based store solution for connected
TVs, available for OEMs, developers and content providers who want to reach
millions of application-hungry users.
The Opera TV
Store introduces HTML5 applications, such as Facebook or Vimeo, to users'
living rooms, and the Opera TV Store is optimized for HD-Ready screens and
standard remote controls. The company announced the Opera TV Store at the 2012 International
Computer Electronics Show
"We had a
simple idea that, in order to bring apps to the world of TV in a huge way, you
need to provide users with a lean-back Web experience-and developers, content
providers and manufacturers with the most convenient, cross-platform
technology," Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera, said in a statement. "With the Opera
TV Store, we've done it, and given the world of TV more possibilities and
entertainment options at the same time."
use Opera's developer tools to create cross-platform TV applications. With the
Opera TV Emulator and the Opera Dragonfly debugger tool, developers can create
and test their TV applications without leaving the computer. A useful resource
for TV app developers is http://dev.opera.com/tv/
. A product
is also available.
install the Opera TV Store on any set-top box, Blu-ray player or HD-Ready TV.
And manufacturers can harness the power of TV applications on any device
running the Opera Devices SDK.
In other news,
Opera and AwoX, a supplier of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) solutions,
announced that AwoX DLNA technology, mediaCTRL SDK, is now integrated into the
Opera Devices SDK. This solution will enable TV and set-top-box manufacturers
to entertain users with easy access to high quality content across different
The number of
connected devices in homes is growing, and users are looking for an easier way
to share media among them. With the integration of the AwoX DLNA solution into
the Opera Devices SDK, manufacturers can explore home networks to discover
DLNA-enabled devices. This integration also gives manufacturers an option to
use a remote user interface to give users a unified user interface across
Devices SDK enables manufacturers to develop custom browsers based on Opera's
powerful rendering engine. Web browsers, application stores, electronic program
guides and other connected TV solutions based on the Opera Devices SDK have
been deployed on a wide range of products, such as TVs, games consoles, media
players and Internet tablets.
mediaCTRL Software Development Kit provides manufacturers with a complete
solution to integrate the next generation of multimedia features in their
products. It provides interoperability with thousands of DLNA-certified home
devices. AwoX mediaCTRL supports the leading platforms and chipsets for all
advanced DLNA use and has been deployed in more than 40 million devices.
Opera Software and INTEK Digital, a set-top-box manufacturer, announced that
the two companies will work together to deliver a better Web experience for
connected TV viewers. Opera Software will provide licenses for the Opera
Devices Software Development Tool Kit (SDK) on its Android-based Hybrid set-top
box (STB), including HbbTV. This new STB will be shipped in the first half of
The hybrid STB
provides viewers with both broadcast television and Internet content on their
TVs. With analog broadcast TV to be switched off by the European Commission's
recommended date of 2012, the demand for hybrid STBs is now on the rise. IMS
Research predicts that worldwide digital terrestrial STB shipments will reach
20.5 million in 2012.
Devices SDK is an open platform for creating Web standards-based Internet
solutions. It is a foundation for developing connected, interactive TV
solutions by combining Web applications, widgets and full Internet browsing
with emerging standards. In addition, it uses the Opera Presto layout engine,
which powers the latest Opera desktop browser. It has incorporated a
significant update to the SVG engine, with up to 10x performance improvements
over the SVG engine in previous versions. There are also improvements in CSS,
"For years, the
Opera Devices SDK has been deployed by many leading TV OEMs and STB
manufacturers," Opera's Boilesen said in a statement. "We keep improving the
technology to make it compliant with up-to-date industry standards. With this
partnership, Opera and INTEK Digital STB technology will deliver a seamless and
enhanced hybrid TV experience to people all over the world."
"2012 will be
the year of connected TVs. As the demand increases, we remain dedicated to
delivering the best to our customers," Shine Kim, CEO of INTEK Digital, said in
a statement. "Opera Devices SDK for Android is easy to deploy. It enables INTEK
Digital to both meet the time demands of the market as well as bring quality
hybrid STBs with superb Web-rendering performance to the market."