Following our feature on the Idiocy of Smart TVs last week even we were taken aback at the level of response to the article. The vast majority of commenters were in agreement with us that connected TVs are not what people want and in their current form do not meet people’s needs.
Therefore news that the much loved mobile web browser Opera is coming to Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-ray players may not arose much excitement among most people out there, but it certainly isn't bad news. The Norwegian company today announced the partnership with Sony, promising a more ‘lean-forward’ experience for users “by offering Opera’s solution to Sony’s state-of-the-art devices.” CES 2011 was certainly the place to be if you wanted to see anything to do with connected or web-enabled TVs and this is another step in that direction.
While we are yet to be convinced by so-called Smart TVs, adding the Opera browser can be no bad thing. Opera aims to enhance the already competent Bravia Internet Video, which came out top of our Best Internet TV Platforms back in August. It will offer a more fully rounded web-browsing experience on your television, if that is what you really want to do. Support of emerging standards such as HTML5, HbbTV and OIPF will also help improve the experience.
"The Web as we know it is evolving, and we are committed to making it more accessible across diverse devices," said Christen Krogh, Chief Development Officer, Opera Software. "Our ability to address key hybrid broadcast-broadband initiatives in numerous markets makes us a natural fit with Sony. By delivering both a global viewpoint and the necessary technology, we are able to stay on the cutting edge of the industry."