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Intel, Yahoo! spice up TV viewing

Posted: 25 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Widget Channel application? TV consumer electronics? Internet?

Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. have previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a TV application framework optimized for TV and related consumer electronics (CE) devices that use the Intel architecture. The Widget Channel will allow consumers to access Internet applications designed for the TV while watching. The Widget Channel will be powered by the Yahoo! Widget Engine, a fifth-generation applications platform that will enable TV viewers to interact with a set of "TV Widgets," or small Internet applications designed to complement and enhance the traditional TV watching experience and bring content, information and community features available on the Internet. The Widget Channel will also allow developers to use JAVASCRIPT, XML, HTML and Adobe Flash technology to write TV applications for the platform, extending the power and compatibility of PC application developer programs to TV and related CE devices. In addition to supporting the Yahoo! Widget Engine, Yahoo! will also provide consumers Yahoo!-branded TV Widgets that are customized based on its category-leading Internet services.

"TV will fundamentally change how we talk about, imagine and experience the Internet," said Eric Kim, Intel senior VP and general manager of the company's Digital Home Group. "No longer just a passive experience unless the viewer wants it that way, Intel and Yahoo! are proposing a way where the TV and Internet are as interactive, and seamless, as possible. Our close work has produced an exciting application framework upon which the industry can collaborate, innovate and differentiate. This effort is one of what we believe will be many exciting new ways to bring the Internet to the TV, and it really shows the potential of what consumers can look forward to."

Widget Channel framework
Underlying the Widget Channel will be a set of platform technologies, including the Yahoo! Widget Engine and core libraries. The Widget Channel framework will use established Internet technologies to lower the barrier of entry for developing applications optimized for TV. To help create new TV Widgets for the Widget Channel, Intel and Yahoo! plan to make a development kit available to developers, including TV and other CE device makers, advertisers and publishers. The Widget Channel will also include a Widget Gallery, to which developers can publish their TV Widgets across multiple TV and related CE devices and through which consumers can view and select the TV Widgets they would like to use.

Intel architecture
Intel's first CE IA-based SoC, the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 (formerly "Canmore"), is a highly integrated chip which includes a high-performance IA core and other functional I/O blocks. The Widget Channel software framework is designed to work with a new generation of Internet-connected CE devices based on Intel's purpose built SoC. The hardware and software compatibility of IA also provides support for broadcast and Internet content.

Intel also plans to release the Intel Media Processor CE 3100-based hardware development system called the "Innovation Platform" which will provide the initial development and validation environment for developers of TV Widgets on the Widget Channel.





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