CES 2013: Opera Brings More Comfort To The Living Room

written by: Richard Kastelein

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Scandinavians are crazy about trying to make all the world’s living rooms more comfortable. Flat-packed furniture has done a good job so far, and now the browser-maker Opera Software is stepping in to do its part, showcasing the latest solutions for improving TV surfing in millions of living rooms all across the globe.

With an enhanced Opera TV Store and Opera Devices SDK, Opera is shaping a new way to be entertained in the living room. Here's how Opera has spiced up these products with recent improvements:

  • The new Opera TV Store. The new version of Opera’s TV app framework, packed within an awesome interface, now offers a great selection of new HTML5 apps. A new Side-by-Side feature enables users to use apps in the context of what they're watching, making the web even more closely integrated with TV.
  • Support for YouTube Leanback. Opera Devices SDK 3.5 now introduces support for YouTube’s personalized TV channel. To protect copyrighted content and improve streaming performance, it includes support for the latest web standards, Encrypted Media Extension and Media Source Extension.
  • More standards for content makers. With optimized support for CSS and Subtitles API, developers and content providers get cool graphic options for their TV apps. Support for latest SPDY protocol enables them to reduce webpage loading time significantly, now also in TV.


“The future of the web on TV involves more contextualization. People are looking for rich content options in the context of what they're watching,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “By syncing TV content with smart apps, we can now truly bring more lean-back interactivity to living rooms around the world.”

Find Opera in South Hall, S2 Lower Level, #MP25063 in the CES Meeting Place at CES in Las Vegas, held January 8-11. To schedule a demo, contact falgunib[at]opera.com. Visit www.opera.com/tv/ to learn more.

 

About the Author

Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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