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IntAct to offer Opera browser as part of its IPTV Client

Opera's browser technology now available through IntAct

Cambridge, 14 July 2006 - IntAct, an Amino Technologies public limited company, today announced an agreement with Opera Software that will enable IntAct to sub-license Opera's porting technology to its customers. This pre-integration extends the capability of the IPTV client solution available from IntAct, which already offers operators and manufacturers a robust solution after rollouts in approximately 700,000 IPTV STBs worldwide. IntAct is also providing the ability for operators and application developers alike to develop rich and compelling end user solutions, which can be ready for live deployment much more quickly and easily than before. To enable the development of such applications, IntAct will offer Opera specific IntAct Software Development Kits, targeted to give application developers the most complete tool to write interactive TV applications such as EPG, Infotainment, and messaging amongst many others.

Add to this the impressive range of integrations and deployed configurations IntAct already offers with key network system elements such as Middleware, Conditional Access and VOD servers, and this compelling combination brings developers and users the ability to substantially reduce the time to market and risks of development for deployment of a successful and rich IPTV solution and service.

"In sublicensing Opera's browser technology, IntAct can now offer an extension of its solution to allow developers, manufacturers and operators to purchase a pre-integrated turn-key IPTV STB client solution up to and including the presentation layers, allowing them to focus on the application itself and not worry about the lower levels of design." said Karthik Ranjan, VP Sales and Marketing for IntAct. " Not only that, but buyers can be very confident in the solution, which combines best of breed elements with the most widely deployed IPTV client stack in IntAct, together with the most widely deployed embedded browser in Opera."

Opera's API is a feature-rich, high performance interface that allows developers to integrate Opera with their customised user interfaces and graphical toolkits. "The combination of Opera and IntAct enables operators and STB manufacturers to deliver the most compelling end-user solutions to market more rapidly," said Scott Hedrick, EVP Opera Software. "The IntAct solution including Opera provides an integrated software package enabling IPTV enhanced with full Web surfing and high performance Web application support" he continued. Opera offers full Web browsing and is a powerful execution environment for AJAX, Web applications and dynamic user interfaces. Additionally, Opera features its Extensible Rendering Architecture (ERA) to adjust Web content to suit any screen size and spatial navigation with any input device to easily navigate Web pages.

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About IntAct

IntAct is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies PLC, and was established as a spin-off company in early 2006. IntAct licenses hardware designs and the IntAct™ IPTV software stack to operators, OEMs and semiconductor manufacturers, enabling them to supply IPTV set-top boxes and gateways for large scale deployments.

IntAct is one of the most widely deployed client software and management solutions for IPTV present in over 50 countries worldwide, with approximately 700,000 IntAct-enabled set-top boxes used by more than 500 companies in commercial deployments and trials.

For more information about IntAct visit www.intactos.com

About IntAct's software stack

  • Highly portable and can run across multiple STBs based on different CPU architectures (PowerPC, MIPS, ARM, x86, SHx, etc.)
  • Supplied with the ability to remotely manage & control a variety of IP STBs on the network regardless of manufacturer.
  • Flexible and allows operators to use either off the shelf User Interface Applications or develop their own UI through a variety of SDKs.

About Opera for Devices

Opera provides an optimized implementation of Internet technologies for handheld devices, digital TV and other devices, with innovative and powerful features that seamlessly adapt the Internet experience to suit varying screen sizes and input devices. In addition to being a full Internet browser, Opera is a high performance execution environment for Web applications and dynamic user interfaces based on interoperable open Web technologies such as AJAX.

http://www.opera.com/products/devices

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

PR Contacts For IntAct:

Jenna Keighley, EML
+44 (0) 20 8408 8000
intact@eml.com

Joanne Martin-Loat,
IntAct Software Ltd
+44 (0) 1954 234 177
jmartin-loat@intactos.com

PR Contacts for Opera:

Berit Hanson
+47 24 16 42 14
berith@opera.com

Tor Odland
+47 24 16 42 42
toro@opera.com