ABC's SuperSign to Feature Opera User in Times Square on New Year's Eve

12/14/2005 - Opera Software announced that one lucky Opera user will have his or her face on the gigantic ABC SuperSign in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve. In honor of its dedicated fanbase, Opera has chosen this high profiled venue to celebrate its community of users. Nearly one million party-goers will witness Opera's supersized fan tribute on the 585 square foot (54 square meter) screen.

All Opera users have the opportunity to be spotlighted, with one lucky user chosen. They simply have to send their photograph to Opera, along with the reason why they think they deserve to be featured on the big screen.

"Opera owes everything to the millions of devoted Opera users around the world, and we want to finish our 10th year with a big splash to thank them," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "I hope 2005 will be remembered, not as the year of my overly optimistic attempt to swim to the USA, but as the year the Opera browser went free and the Opera community grew larger and stronger than ever before."

Opera will fly (or bike) the lucky Opera user with a guest to New York City for the New Year's celebrations, where they will be staying at one of New York's premiere hotels and receive two tickets to ABC's New Year's Eve party.

Starting on December 26 and climaxing on New Year's Eve, the video tribute will be on rotation at least nine times a day on the gigantic 585 square foot (54 square meters) ABC SuperSign in the heart of Times Square.

To sign up, read more or follow the development leading up to the 26th, please visit the Opera web site.

Info about the Times Square New Year's Eve Party:

About the ABC SuperSign
According to ABC Inc, the the 585 square foot (54 square meters) is the largest SONY JumboTron® in the United States used as an outdoor billboard. It is America's premiere outdoor electronic spectacular and is seen by millions each week on such recognizable telecasts as Good Morning America, 20/20, and ABC Sports College Football. As the world's pre-eminent animated billboard, The ABC SuperSign truly captures the brilliance and showmanship of the most visited location anywhere, Times Square.

About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, targeting the desktop, mobile, PDA, home media and vertical markets. Partners include companies such as IBM, Nokia, Sony, Motorola, Adobe, Macromedia, Symbian, Sony Ericsson, Kyocera, Sharp, Motorola Metroworks, MontaVista Software, BenQ, Sendo and AMD. The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers.

Opera's browser technology is cross-platform and modular, and currently available on the following operating systems: Windows, Windows Mobile, Linux, Mac OS, Symbian OS, BREW, QNX, TRON, FreeBSD, Solaris and Mediahighway. The Opera browser is also available as a Java-based (J2ME) browser solution called Opera MiniTM for the world's 700 million Java-enabled mobile phones. Opera Software ASA is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linkoping and Gothenburg, Sweden. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.

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