One of the main things we knew would defiantly come out of Opera’s stand over at CES would be their new television app store, which according to Opera is a completely different way to browse your TV, with apps ranging from Facebook to a Clock.

The rival app store to Google’s will host HTML5 apps which will run on any device which has the Opera Devices SDK installed, this will include various internet enabled televisions, set-top boxes and, of course, Blu-ray players, (maybe even a console of some sort eventually?)

As the Opera platform will be optimised for your device it will use the standard remote control your TV comes with, Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera told us in the conference:

“We had a simple idea that, in order to bring apps to the world of TV in a huge way, you need to provide users with a lean-back web experience and developers, content providers and manufacturers with the most convenient, cross-platform technology.

“With the Opera TV Store we’ve done it, and given the world of TV more possibilities and entertainment options at the same time.”

The store has yet to be hitting any of your TVs just yet, with the first enabled TV sets expected to be on the market in the next few months of 2012, but Opera are providing their own tool called Opera Dragonfly, which will allow developers to create apps for the store before its release.

Check out this video to find out more:


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