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Get it under control: Opera and AwoX create home network solution

September 11, 2008

Oslo, Norway, - September 11, 2008

Opera Software today announced its cooperation with AwoX, provider of network media solutions around the globe for consumer electronics. By combining their technologies, OperaDevices SDK and AwoX Controller SDK, Opera and AwoX offer a solution for creating powerful user interfaces in compliance with the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) interoperability guidelines. Together, the twocompanies can deliver a single application to browse the Internet, home network and play protected video-on-demand content. As both Opera and AwoX support a wide range of embedded platforms, this joint solutionapplies to devices such as set-top boxes, connected TVs and mobile Internet devices.

During IBC 2008, Opera will demonstrate an "Awox Widget" (a UPnP control point), running on Archos 605 PMP and a Lyngbox set-top box, which will act as a universal remote control for the other devices in the DLNAnetwork.

"The natural next step in pooling Awox and Opera technologies is to create solutions for remote user-interface applications based on the CEA-2014 standard. This means that devices in the home network will not only provide media content, but also the presentation engine," said Alain Molinie, CEO, AwoX. "The number of DLNA-certified devices continues to grow, resulting in a greater need for compliant solutions, such as the one from Opera and AwoX."

"It is definitely the right time for Opera and AwoX to come together to create a solution to meet the needs of a growing market. We are natural partners, as we both place a high priority on standards compliance and thesupport of multiple platforms," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "Together, we hope that we will make it easier and faster for content to come alive on consumer electronic devices."

Visit Opera's exhibit at IBC in Hall 3, stand C11, to get a first-hand look at Opera and AwoX's joint solution.

About AwoX

AwoX SA provides network media solutions for the digital home ranging from embedded technologies to OEM/ODM internet-connected products. Our controller, renderer, and server SDKs are known for their performance,reliability and interoperability with DLNA guidelines 1.0 and 1.5, as well as for their seamless port to TVs, PCs, network drives, home theater systems, mobile phones and ADSL routers. AwoX is headquartered in Montpellier, France, with a branch in Singapore. AwoX is a private company backed by Innovacom, BNP Paribas Private Equity, Soridec, CM-CIC Capital Privé and Fondinvest Capital. More information,

About Opera

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.

Opera is a trademark of Opera Software AS.