Opera to power Bang & Olufsen connected TVs

January 8, 2014 08.37 Europe/London By Robert Briel

opera-goes-over-with-a-bangDanish electronics manufacturer Bang & Olufsen is now shipping the latest version of the Opera Devices Software Development Kit on selected high-end connected TVs.

The SDK powers the user interface of Bang & Olufsen’s smart TVs, deploys HbbTV, and adds a unified video architecture for a simplified way to serve video content. It renders the web applications Spotify and BBC iPlayer, and enables content certifications for YouTube Leanback 4.0.

The Opera Devices SDK is a toolkit for developing smart TV solutions, and supports web-standards including HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, SVG, 2D Canvas and WebGL.

“Web-savvy viewers are realizing that the size of their TVs gives a better experience for watching online video, as video streaming services become the most popular apps for connected TV,” said Aneesh Rajaram, SVP for TV and devices, Opera Software.

“Bang & Olufsen connected TVs powered by Opera provide enhanced support for the latest web technologies and standards, delivering better performance and easier viewer access to online video.”

“The Opera Devices SDK provides an excellent end-user experience on Smart TV. With its support we have been able to fast-track the certification for premium content, encompassing specifications like Encrypted Media Extensions, and enabling superior rendering and rapid time to market,“ added Lou Schreurs, SVP, product creation, Bang & Olufsen.

“It has helped us to deliver the high-quality viewing experience that Bang & Olufsen customers have come to expect from our TVs.”

The Opera Devices SDK powers Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay V1 in the 32-inch and 40-inch models, as well as the BeoVision 11 in 40-, 46- and 55-inch models. These connected TVs are now shipping globally.