TiVo sings for HTML5 with Opera partnership

Michelle Clancy | 30-08-2013

TiVo is throwing its weight behind HTML5 with a technology integration with Opera Software, so that developers can use the Opera TV SDK to write apps for TiVo's recently launched Roamio line of DVRs.

"This combination will prove powerful for Opera and TiVo which both have ambitions to empower the pay-TV operator market with over-the-top (OTT) Web content currently available on retail devices," the companies said.
The partnership will help TiVo to tap into a large developer community too. Opera Software shipped with more than 25 million connected TVs and devices in 2012. "App and content developers will have another avenue to reach many active and loyal TiVo users through their apps in the Opera TV Store," said Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice president for TV and devices at Opera Software.
TiVo plans to launch the Opera TV store in devices by early next year, it said.
"Not only is Opera's Devices SDK best-in-class, but its standards-compliant HTML5 engine will enable a household name like TiVo and its cable operator customers to bring the best and latest of OTT Web content quickly to the end user," Rajaram added.
"Consumers want to watch what they want, when they want it, and it's important to offer an easy-to-use interface capturing all the content possible, whether it be from cable TV or the Web," said Jim Denney, TiVo's vice president of product marketing. "We have selected Opera as a partner in this mission because it enables users in both the operator and retail segments a completely customised experience, along with a wide variety of local, national and global long-tail content and other applications from the Opera TV Store."