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Opera Comes To Sony Bravia TVs

David Gilbert


Opera Comes To Sony Bravia TVs

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."

Source: Opera


January 19, 2011, 6:36 pm

I think this is a great thing. It would need to support flash for it to be useful though. I don't want to surf the internet on my TV I just want to be able to go to sites with video content that I like and watch that content on my TV - such as MLB.tv for example.


January 19, 2011, 7:15 pm

As Bravia Internet is still without ITV Player and 4OD integration, I wonder if this means it will be possible to access those services from the ITV/4OD web sites...hope so.


January 19, 2011, 7:54 pm

Does this mean that Opera will eventually come to the PlayStation 3 as well? It's already on the Wii, is now coming to Sony Bravia TVs, and the PlayStation 3 has a rather lacklustre web browser. Then again, Sony Vaio laptops come with Chrome as the default web browser so it may not be as clear cut.


January 19, 2011, 8:39 pm

@Armin in my experience Sony Computer Entertainment and the rest of Sony rarely acts in any kind of union. The only thing that the televisions and the PS3 share so far is the cross media bar style interface. My Sony TV remote even lost the ability to control my PS3 recently, a feature I have used quite a lot.

However, it would be a good move to install a browser which would at least live up to it's name rather then the strange thing they have on the system now.


January 19, 2011, 9:16 pm

@Armin, did you change your setup? The TV remote uses HDMI-CEC to control the PS3, but it needs a direct connection or a compatible Sony receiver for signal pass-through. If you added a non-Sony branded AVR to your setup it is not able to decode Sony's CEC signal just as Sony AVR's can't decode other brands' CEC signal.

Martin Daler

January 19, 2011, 9:24 pm

according to the Sony presscentre site:

display of embedded video not supported

Connor Williams

January 19, 2011, 11:04 pm

Any idea when this is going to be available? Will it require a Software Update?


January 20, 2011, 3:19 pm

There was hope Sony's early adoption of GoogleTV would lead to Chrome and GoogleTV being adopted more broadly by Sony. The adoption of Opera indicates this is no longer the direction Sony is heading?

John Archer

January 26, 2011, 2:13 am

SJW - Sony said at the CES it wasn't planning to launch its Google TVs in the UK, and wasn't even shouting about them any more for the US Market. There were mutterings about them not selling well and the google engine not exactly wowing end users...

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