Sony Selects Opera Browser for BRAVIA TVs

Sony has selected the Opera browser for use on its BRAVIA televisions and Blu-ray players. Opera says it aims to deliver more ‘lean-forward’, interactive components to connected home users by offering Opera’s solution on Sony’s devices.

The Opera Devices Software Developer Kit (SDK) is the cross-platform, standards-based backbone of Opera for connected TVs and Blu-ray Disc players. Opera says the SDK 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.

Opera notes that as more connected home electronics devices arrive in living rooms, internet use is changing. The internet is becoming more closely connected with people’s everyday life, such as the ability to enjoy video on-demand services on television, exchange opinions with friends through social networks about the program they are watching, and buy online directly from their TV, the items seen on TV dramas.

“The web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices,” says Christen Krogh, chief development officer at Opera Software. “Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony.”