Tokyo, Japan and Oslo, Norway, – September 16, 2008
Opera Software today announced that USEN has selected the Opera Devices SDK 9.5 for its new set-top box, GyaO NEXT. People using the GyaO NEXT set-top box (STB) can access IPTV content such as movies, TV dramas, music programs, karaoke games and animated content. With Opera included, users can also enjoy interactive Web-based content. Opera was made available from August 11 as a firmware upgrade.
Users can surf their favorite Web sites with the remote controller. With its intuitive interface, users can can scroll up and down, go forward and backward and reload pages easily. The input style, similar to a mobile phone, also simplifies text entry. Also, there is now no need to go to your computer to look something up you see on TV. Opera on GyaO NEXT makes your TV and Web experience seamless.
“The time when television was a device only for receiving content is over. GyaO NEXT provides a full Web experience on your TV in addition to your favorite video contents,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “We are pleased to see our One Web strategy is now spreading to people’s living rooms.”
USEN boasts top market share in music broadcast and contents delivery business by optical fiber, satellite and coaxial cable in Japan. In addition to karaoke games and fiber-optic business, USEN started broadband TV service GyaO from April 2005, which has gained 20.16 million enrollments as of July 2008. In June 2007, USEN started an IPTV service called GyaO NEXT.