Intel and Yahoo to deliver telly widgets

Intel Corporation and Yahoo have demonstrated plans for a television application framework at the Intel Developer Forum being held in San Francisco this week.

The application will be optimised for TV and related consumer electronics devices that uses Intel’s chip architecture. ‘The widget channel’, the companies claim, will allow consumers to enjoy rich Internet applications designed for the TV while watching their programmes.

Widgets are small Internet applications designed to complement existing computing platforms or Internet portals. On a TV platform, they would typically deliver content, information and community features available on the Internet within easy reach of the remote control.

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.

Intel and Yahoo plan to make a development kit available to developers, including TV and other CE device makers, advertisers and publishers.

Yahoo will also provide consumers branded TV Widgets that are customised based on its category based Internet services - such as Yahoo Finance and Yahoo Sports.

"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," said Eric Kim, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the company's Digital Home Group.

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.

The companies are sharing an early version of a development kit for the Widget Channel with selected TV Widget developers now.

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