“As a leader in developing innovative technology platforms to provide indispensable Internet services to millions of users, Yahoo! is excited to be working with Samsung to enhance consumers’ television viewing experience by bringing the best of the Web to their televisions,” said Patrick Barry, vice president of Connected TV at Yahoo! “Through this partnership, we can combine the Internet benefits of user choice and personalization with Samsung’s leading product innovation and global reach to deliver a new experience to users around the world.”
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 TV viewers.
LG also announced the availability of the Yahoo system:
Not only is LG delivering superb picture quality to its consumers, but its efforts also extend to providing them with the most diverse and open TV viewing experience. This is now made by possible via its world’s first collaboration with major web portal Yahoo!, the first partnership of its kind in the world. LG’s innovative broadband technologies offer the ultimate in TV entertainment. The included Yahoo! Widget service offers basic information, such as weather, finance, news and Flickr photos. LG also provides direct YouTube access and Netflix Instant Streaming service. With these features, high-speed internet users will be only a 30-second download away from a selection of more than 12,000 movies.