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The future is here. – Yahoo Widget engine in each TV set

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The future is here. – Yahoo Widget engine in each TV set
People are bored with just watching TV. Now they want to see the headlines of new mail, messages on twitter and updates in Friend feeds. In the nearest future this will be possible.

Intel and Yahoo Corporations announced that they will be broadcasting web content over TV signal so that the TV viewers will be able to browse in the Internet with the help of ordinary remote control while watching their favorite TV program.

The content will be displayed in the left side of the TV or in the lower side in a form of a row of widgets. The viewer will be able to switch between these widgets without interrupting usual broadcasting. (see video demonstration)

TV sets will be using Yahoo Widget engine of the fifth generation. Of course, the main content such as weather forecast, news headlines, Flickr photographs, matches results, prices of shares and so on will be provided by Yahoo. Nevertheless, independent developers will be able to create their own programs basing on Yahoo Widget Engine. This new interactive service has a prename of “Widget Channel”.

Intel and Yahoo already have started negotiations with USA cable TV operators as well as with the producers of TV sets. Now the latter should implant into TVs Intel CE3100 media processor having a code name “Canmore”. This media processor can analyze two HD video streams simultaneously, supports 3D-video, sound 7.1, 3 channel memory controller DDR2 800 MHz and so on. Intel promises that the first TV sets with this micro scheme will be produced on the 1 half of the year 2009.

If the initiative be a success, then this will be the most fundamental change of TV concept for all of its history.

Besides, Yahoo is actively promotes its Yahoo Widget Engine for implanting it not only into TV sets, but also into all mobile phones of all producers.


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