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Samsung HDTV Widgets

Ilse Jurrien
CES report
Thursday 14th, January 2010
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

CES 2010 - Samsung and Yahoo! announced a new Internet-based service to Samsung HD televisions available in the spring of 2009. Select models in Samsung's HDTV line-up will be powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, a fifth-generation applications platform that enables HDTV watchers to interact with and enjoy a rich set of "TV Widgets." TV Widgets make it easy to interact with Internet content and services to complement and enhance the traditional TV viewing experience. The Javascript and XML applications bring content features available on the Internet within easy reach of the remote control.

Samsung HDTV

Samsung HDTV Widgets
Select models in Samsung's 2009 flat-panel HDTV lines will support the new TV Widget service, called "Internet@TV - Content Service." The service, which adapts the Yahoos Widget Engine, enables users to engage in a variety of experiences that traditionally could only be enjoyed on a PC. Not only will users be able to track their stock portfolio and stay on top of headline news, but they may also browse through videos, share photos and interact with friends. Users can access the service by connecting the Samsung HDTV to a home network via the built-in Ethernet port or using an optional Wi-Fi USB dongle.

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Samsung HDTV Widget service
The suite of TV Widgets range from a host of Yahoo! properties, including Flickr, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Weather and Yahoo! Finance, to third-party content from well-known brands, including USA TODAY, YouTube, eBay and Showtime Networks among others. The content and services offered will grow to include video streaming and other popular internet services. Developers worldwide will be able to develop and deploy HDTV Widgets for the television by using the open-platform Widget Development Kit (WDK).

Samsung HDTV

Samsung HDTV with Yahoo content service
Samsung HDTVs with the Yahoo! Widget Engine and TV Widgets will be available in 13 countries in 2009 including the U.S, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. This provides publishers and developers the opportunity to create exciting TV Widget experiences that will reach and engage millions of Samsung HDTV viewers.

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