Opera to provide browser technology for Sony's new BRAVIA Internet Video Link
Oslo, Norway - August 30, 2007
Opera Software , the only company thatputs the Web on any device, today announced that Sony Electronics hasselected the Opera browser for Sony's new BRAVIA Internet Video Link, amodule that attaches to the back of new Bravia televisions to accessselect free Internet video content. Opera will be used as the browsertechnology of the system and enable browsing of the available Internetvideo content that can be streamed directly to the television fromproviders such as Yahoo!, AOL and Crackle.
The BRAVIA Internet Video Link is available for a majority of Sony's 2007BRAVIA televisions including flat-panel LCD and SXRD and 3LCDmicro-displays HDTVs. The module links the television set directly throughHDMI and USB connections and connects to broadband Internet serviceproviders via an Ethernet connection. The content can then be accesseddirectly on the TV without use of a personal computer.
The BRAVIA Internet Video Link module uses the Opera 9 SDK for Devices tobring video from the Web to the TV screen, and allows Sony to perform theintegration themselves. Opera's SDK is a complete toolkit that deliversthe power of Web technology to any device, allowing for complete userinterfaces to be quickly created and easily updated or customized forcustomers. Opera's browser allows users of Sony's Internet Video Link toeasily navigate select Internet video content from the content providersand display it on the TV.
"Sony has realized the potential of Internet video on the TV, and Opera isexcited to contribute to this breakthrough product," says Scott Hedrick,Senior Vice President for business solutions at Opera Software. "Using ourSDK, Sony was able to quickly build this compelling solution to bringInternet content into the living room."
The BRAVIA Internet Video Link is currently planned for deployment in theUnited States only. It is currently available at Sony Style, www.sonystyle.com and at authorized Sony dealers across the country.
About Sony Corporation
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game,communications, key device and information technology products for theconsumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computerentertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to bethe leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sonyrecorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $70 billion for thefiscal year ended March 31, 2007. Sony Global Web Site:www.sony.net
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