Intel to Build Yahoo Widgets Into New TV Chips

What You Should Have Read, Aug. 21, 2008

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Intel to build Yahoo widgets into new TV chips

Reuters reports on the deal between Yahoo and Intel to create web computer channels that run alongside TV shows. The portal and the world's largest chipmaker are working on what they call the "Widget Channel," which will enable TV viewers to interact with and watch a dynamic set of TV widgets -- small web-based applications that complement TV shows. Widgets will appear in the corner of a TV screen and work something like a picture-in-picture window of advanced TV sets. These small windows let viewers chat with or e-mail friends, watch videos, track stocks or sports teams or keep up with news headlines or weather by using a TV remote control. Widget TV services are being designed to run on a new class of Intel chips for consumer electronics that enables high-definition viewing, home-theater-quality audio, 3-D graphics, and the fusion of Internet and TV features. Devices based on Intel's CE3100 chip are due in the first half of 2009, Intel said. Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable TV operator, said in a separate statement with Intel that it planned to offer TV Widgets next year that work on TVs, set-top boxes and other TV-connected devices. Among the featured services will be Twitter, a service that lets users keep friends or public spectators updated on daily activities via messages sent from a range of devices.
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