With Internet-connected television heating up, Yahoo!, Intel, and Samsung are taking a page from Apple’s design book as they aim to bring Internet to a television near you.
A key element entails widgets; small software applications that offer tailored, pared-down versions of sites found online. Using the regular TV remote and clicking at a normal-looking TV, you can access the Web via a wireless or broadband connection.
Just four widgets are currently available: Yahoo’s news; weather; finance; and Flickr photo-sharing. Future partners include MySpace, Netflix, Amazon.com, Joost and Twitter.
While the initial TV sets are expensive — $1,800 and up for Samsung’s versions — prices are expected to fall sharply, and more firms (including cable companies and pay-TV operators) may soon jump in.
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