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Arirang TV extends its reach to Opera TV Store users

Oslo, Norway, and Seoul, Korea - September 11, 2014

Opera TV Store has gained another popular international broadcaster. Korea’s leading English-language television network Arirang, has debuted three TV apps in the Opera TV Store: Arirang TV LIVE, Arirang and Arirang Radio Live. Millions of Opera TV Store users are now able to catch up with live Korean popular music and up-to-date world news programs through Arirang’s TV apps, created using the Opera TV Snap tool.

Operated by the Korean International Broadcasting Foundation, Arirang broadcasts news, entertainment, documentary, cultural and educational programming, providing a entertaining and enlightening look at the economic and cultural corridor in Korea. Arirang TV LIVE and Arirang Radio Live provide live streaming of the latest news and entertainment in Korea, while Arirang allows viewers to catch up on all Arirang programs.

Make a TV app in under a minute

To extend its reach to multiple connected-TV devices, Arirang took advantage of Opera TV Snap, an the industry leading toolkit that helps brands and content owners quickly repurpose their online video inventory into HTML5-based TV apps, at zero cost, in under a minute.

“More and more broadcasters are launching HTML5-based TV apps to offer a seamless interactive experience for their viewers," says Daniel Nordberg, Head of Content Acquisition for Opera TV at Opera Software. "The Opera TV Store delivers a wide range of high-quality content via TV apps, forming a unique entertainment portal that allows Smart TV viewers to enjoy great content around the world. We are excited to launch Arirang’s TV apps, which meet the needs of K-Pop fans with exceptional local and international entertainment."

Arirang TV apps land on multiple smart TV brands

The Opera TV Store is an HTML5-based application platform that gives users a rich selection of entertaining apps. It is already available globally on Smart TVs, set-top boxes and Blu-ray Disc players. Brands offering the Opera TV Store include Sony, Samsung, TiVo, RCA, TCL, Vestel , Amino, Changhong, Humax, Hisense, Konka, Skyworth and more.

“With the surge of internet users around the world, it is important for us to bring Arirang TV programs to all the digital platforms,“ says James O.S. Kim, Director of New Media Team, Arirang TV. “We are very excited to have our programs available in the Opera TV Store, which has been distributed around the world through many Smart TV brands and reach millions of new users.”

To experience the Arirang TV apps on the Opera TV Store and to learn how to make a TV app via Opera TV Snap in under a minute. You can visit http://press.tvstore.opera.com.

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About Arirang TV

Arirang TV, operated by the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation, is an international English-language network based in Seoul, South Korea. Launched in 1997, Arirang TV is currently viewed by more than 112 million households in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, Middle East, North Africa and Americas 24 hours a day. Reaching every corner of the world, Arirang TV is to present an unbiased view and reliable information of Korea to the world through the wide range of programs such as Korean news, cultural, educational and entertainment show, documentaries and more. For detail information, please go to http://www.arirang.co.kr/

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Opera enables more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to connect with the content and services that matter most to them. Opera also helps publishers monetize their content through advertising and advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses, capitalizing on a global consumer audience reach that exceeds 1 billion.

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