RCN becomes first cable operator to deploy Opera TV Store

Michelle Clancy | 19-02-2014

Regional US cable operator RCN has become the first pay-TV cable operator to launch the Opera TV Store for its customers with TiVo set-top boxes.

RCN, which operates in Boston, Chicago, Lehigh Valley, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, will be enabling HTML5, cloud-based video, music, games, social media, news and utility apps using the store for smart TV devices.

"The TV space is changing rapidly, and a viable application platform is a must for staying ahead of the game," said Jason Nealis, vice president of video operations at RCN. "Opera Software provides the most mature HTML5-based application platform, enabling us to expand our entertainment offering for RCN customers. We are pleased to come on board as the Opera TV Store's landmark first operator deployment. This partnership is another example of RCN's commitment to creating a superior customer experience."

The Opera TV Store is also providing RCN with a back-end system for advanced statistics on Opera TV Store usage, such as the popularity of individual apps, so they can make continued improvements to bring customers the best apps available. The managed cloud solution can also offer customisation and branding possibilities, as well as enabling operators to prioritise local apps and content.

"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," said Aneesh Rajaram, senior vice president for TV and devices at Opera Software.

He added: "In addition, app and content developers will have another avenue to reach many active and loyal TiVo users through their apps in the Opera TV Store."