Oregan Networks Integrates W3C Widget Standard into Its Internet TV Platform

Oregan Networks Onyx Widgets Screenshot

Widgets on net-connected TVs isn’t anything new, but the idea of integrating a web technology standard so anyone can create a cross platform widget that can make its way into a TV is. According to Oregan Networks’ press release, the company’s new Onyx Widgetry application store for connected TVs leverages the W3C Widget Standard which developers can utilize to bring their content and services — free and pay for — to TVs powered by Oregan Networks’ Internet TV platform. Oregan Networks says an Onyx Widgetry SDK will be made available through the company’s website about the same time the new widget store goes live later this March.

Oregan Networks Onyx Web TV Screenshot

Oregan launches Onyx Widgetry store at CES 2010, enabling users to download applications to connected TVs

Las Vegas, USA – 9th January 2010 – As part of its strategy to deliver a wide variety of rich Internet entertainment to mainstream living room devices, Oregan Networks, a leading developer of Internet TV technologies, has launched its applications store for connected TVs and hybrid STBs, branded as Onyx Widgetry.

The store will enable consumers to select and instantly download services and applications on their televisions. The primary purpose of the Onyx Widgetry store is to offer fresh content for user-selected download, increasing the number of entertainment options. Once downloaded, some of these applications will serve as entry points to paid content, such as movies and subscription TV services.

At CES 2010, Oregan is demonstrating the beta version of the Onyx Widgetry store, emphasising ease of use and speed of download. The company is working with a number of leading global TV manufacturers who see the ability to offer fresh content as the key value proposition for next generation TVs. In the UK, Oregan’s widget store will be offered to consumers in March 2010, with subsequent launch plans across Europe, USA and Latin America.

Along with default widgets, such as Twitter, weather, sports, and news, created by Oregan, which come pre-installed with Onyx, there will be two additional sources for new applications:

  • Widgets created by TV brands and retailers that utilise Onyx on connected TVs;
  • Widgets created by Content Service partners and the open web development community, based on the W3C Widget standard. Oregan will offer an SDK to developers through its website in March 2010, which will allow for quick submission of new widget applications.

Onyx Widgetry will offer a mix of free and paid widgets, with pricing expected to vary depending on the application and service business model. Developers will be able to join a developer network for a small fee, to benefit from guidelines and technical support.

About Oregan Networks Ltd.
Oregan Networks provides media browser solutions for retail consumer electronics and carrier grade IPTV appliances, enabling delivery and sharing of Internet video, music and photos. Since incorporation in 1997, over 3.5 million units of Oregan’s software have been licensed to leading global brands, including Sony Computer Entertainment, Philips Consumer Electronics, NTT and Cello Electronics. The company’s headquarters and primary R&D centre are located in London UK, with branch offices in USA, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

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