Opera Puts Its Resources Behind TV Widgets for Connected TVs

Opera has decided to dip its toes in the connected TV space. Similar to Yahoo! TV Widgets and Oregan Networks’ W3C compliant TV widgets, Opera has plans to license its technology to TV manufactures so users can access overlayed infotainment widgets via their TV. Opera is also inviting web developers to use their Opera CDK to create TV widgets (I’m guessing they’ll be W3C compliant, since Opera highlights their association) using technologies they’re already familiar with: HTML, CSS, XML, and Javascript. So far from the demo video they have up, things look pretty good — though the widgets are no where near as advanced as the TV apps we’re seeing on Samsung, LG, and Sony HDTVs at the moment, but that may change since some of their widgets are apps in themselves based on HTML5. Full press release below.


The HTML5 revolution will be televised

HTML5 video comes to connected devices with new Opera Devices SDK

Oslo, Norway and Amsterdam, Netherlands — September 9, 2010 — Opera Software today released Opera Devices SDK 2.8. Designed for television and other consumer electronics manufacturers, the new software development kit (SDK) features support for HTML5 video and includes Opera’s newest and fastest JavaScript engine, Carakan.

Connected device manufacturers benefit from Opera’s versatility. Opera Devices SDK 2.8 makes it easy to embed a web browser and utilize the full power of the browser engine. Using the SDK, manufacturers can create immersive, yet adaptable, user interfaces and can offer a complete multiscreen web-application and widget experience.

“Today, manufacturers are creating a new generation of connected devices,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Rather than the traditional ‘lean-back’ model of TV interaction, today’s ‘lean-forward’ devices engage the consumer with interactive content and downloadable widgets and applications. Opera’s newest Opera Devices SDK allows manufacturers to build all of those new revolutionary experiences on top of the browser engine. There is no solution that offers the same combination of control, ease of integration, and time-to-market as the Opera Devices SDK.”

The Opera Devices SDK update includes the same rendering engine, Opera Presto 2.6, found in Opera 10.62, the company’s industry-leading desktop browser. Additional features include:

  • Four times the JavaScript execution speed with the new Carakan JavaScript engine
  • Integration with Opera’s new Content Development Kit
  • Improved support for HbbTV and application delivery over broadcast streams
  • A new API to integrate native, hardware-accelerated video codecs, offering a substantial improvement in time-to-market

Meet Opera at IBC

Opera will demo the Opera Devices SDK 2.8 at the IBC 2010 show in Amsterdam. To see the SDK in action, please visit the Opera Software booth in Hall 4, A95.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.

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