RCN is ready to sing Opera.
RCN, a competitive service provider that tangles with incumbent MSOs such as Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision Systems, has become the first pay-TV operator to launch the Opera TV Store on its MSO-supplied TiVo boxes, a move that will make way for hundreds of broadband-delivered video, music, gaming, and social media apps.
The Opera TV Store, delivered via the cloud using HTML5, features a slate of premium, over-the-top content and apps for a wide range of devices, including TiVo boxes and the company’s new “Roamio” product line.
Under the arrangement, RCN has access to the Opera TV Store backend system and the ability to manage and curate the apps it makes available to customers who are on its TiVo platform.
Although RCN is the first TiVo pay-TV partner to add the Opera TV Store, it likely won’t be the last. Other domestic MSOs with TiVo deals include Suddenlink Communications, Mediacom Communications, Grande Communications, Midcontinent Communications, GCI, and Atlantic Broadband, among others.
RCN said the Opera app platform will be available to all its TiVo-powered set-tops. Those already in the field will get access to the store via broadband-delivered updates.
"The TV space is changing rapidly, and a viable application platform is a must for staying ahead of the game," said Jason Nealis, VP of video operations at RCN, said in a statement. "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."
"Opera Software has worked in the pay-TV operator space for more than 10 years, powering portals and premium content through the Opera Devices Software Development Kit," added Aneesh Rajaram, VP of TV & devices, Opera Software. "We now strengthen our proposition for operators through the Opera TV Store, which has already proved popular with manufacturers. The Opera TV Store makes it a breeze for operators like RCN to simply turn on a proven OTT content offering for their subscribers."