Oslo, Norway –
confirmed reports that its browser technology will be added to
Internet-connected Sony Bravia televisions and Blu-ray Disc players, giving
users greater flexibility and speed to surf the net from the living room.
Opera said the addition of its software – which is adaptable to a
wide range of platforms – will deliver a more “lean-forward,” interactive
experience on Sony sets than pervious services have allowed.
The browser can deliver similar functionality to select Sony
Bravia Internet TVs powered by Google TV, which use the Google’s Chrome browser
for Internet surfing.
The Opera Devices software developer kit (SDK) is a
cross-platform, standards-based backbone of Opera for connected TVs and Blu-ray
The Opera Devices SDK is the foundation for developing full web
browsers and user interfaces, the company said.
Opera brings customization and ease of content distribution to
global markets by enabling the delivery of web applications, widgets, full web
browsing and emerging standards such as HTML5, HbbTV and OIPF.
“The web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to
making it more accessible across diverse devices,” said Christen Krogh, chief development
officer, Opera Software. “Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband
initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering
both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on
the cutting edge of the industry.”