Los Angeles, CA and Oslo, Norway – July 5, 2002
NXTV, Inc. and Opera Software ASA today announced that Opera will be included in NXTV’s digital set-top boxes. Opera will provide full Internet access to guests using the digital broadband interactive television services in America’s most luxurious hotels.
Opera offers the embedded industry a small and fast browser that can provide full access to all parts of the Internet. Opera emphasizes following the open standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and has in addition added unique support for the non-standards-compliant Web pages that make up most of the Internet (Street HTML). The support for Street HTML has been made possible by integrating a cross-platform core that proliferates fixes prompted by feedback from Opera’s millions of Windows users into Opera’s embedded browser technologies.
“Opera provides the fastest performing and most configurable Web browser on the market today for embedded applications. Couple this with its substantial support for many important plugins, including Macromedia Flash and Java, and you have an award-winning product,” says Pat Heffernan, VP engineering, NXTV “Opera, with millions of users all over the planet, provides NXTV a solid, stable, and high-performance product to meet customer expectations for a high-quality Web browsing experience in hospitality installations.”
By including full Internet access in their set-top box, NXTV is opening up new revenue channels for the hospitality industry. Opera will provide a complete, full-featured Web browsing experience on television via an easy-to-use, intuitive interface that will keep customers coming back for more.
“NXTV offers top-notch digital broadband interactive television technology to the hospitality industry’s most high-end customers,” says Lars Boilesen, VP embedded products. “Opera looks forward to serving NXTV’s top-of-the line hotels and guests with the best Internet experience available in the market today.”
NXTV Inc. provides broadband information and entertainment services to the luxury hotel market throughout the world. The Company has developed the NXTV Broadband Intertainment System, a state-of-the-art digital interactive television system that delivers a variety of entertainment and information services through the television set, transforming the television from a passive amenity into a significant source of in-room revenue.
The NXTV Broadband Intertainment System, a state-of-the-art interactive television system, delivers digital video-on-demand with DVD capability, high-speed Internet connectivity for both TV and Laptop, interactive video games, email messaging, branded hotel portal services and satellite TV programming via DirecTV. NXTV has successfully deployed its technology at a number of award-winning hotels in the United States, including the Peninsula Beverly Hills, the Hotel Bel-Air, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, and both the St. Regis Monarch Beach and St. Regis Los Angeles.
News and information are available at www.nxtv.com.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.
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