Oslo, Norway and Tokyo, Japan – September, 16, 2010
Opera Software today announced that the Opera browser will be on Toshiba Corporation’s latest HbbTVs in Europe, the REGZA VL and WV series.
HbbTV was unveiled last summer in Europe to combine broadband and broadcast technology for a seamless, new entertainment experience. Having strong support for web standards within a TV-based browser is essential for leveraging existing Internet content and services. Toshiba’s popular TV range, combined with the Opera browser, will bring a richer living-room experience to European consumers.
“The Internet offers an almost infinite supply of content to enjoy,” says Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. “By combining it with TV, there is no limit to what users can enjoy on HbbTV. Opera believes HbbTV is the future of TV, and we will continue to develop the best browser for it.”
The customized browser is based on the Opera Devices SDK, which uses the same core architecture as the Opera desktop browser. Users in the United Kingdom have the added benefit of having access to the BBC iPlayer on their televisions.
Toshiba is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning information & communications systems; digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 204,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$68 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.