HD News: Manufacturers have long recognized the value of some form of integration between the internet and TV. Among a number of different approaches to achieving this integration is ‘Widget’ technology, which Samsung plans to introduce as an integral part of their high end LCD panels this year.
Intel and Yahoo are the driving force behind the new technology, confirming their intention to co-develop the Yahoo Widget Channel in August 2008. The technology enables TVs to connect to the Internet through “widgets,” bits of software that provided elements of web based content. Samsung and Yahoo! are hoping that the widget concept will attract the interest of third-party developers, opening up the HDTVs for more interactive content.
Samsung have already dipped a toe into the world of web TV integration with the introduction of InfoLive. InfoLive streams up-to-date information through RSS feeds, working in partnership with Yahoo!. The InfoLive service is operated direct from the TV’s remote control and has been designed so as not to ‘swamp’ the screen with content.