Unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Yahoo’s “Widget Channel” for Internet-connected televisions has debuted on high end sets from Samsung, reports CNet.
Re-branded by Samsung as “Internet@TV”, the feature enables users to install mini-apps referred to as “widgets” that offer access to a range of Yahoo services — news, stock quotes, Flickr photos, weather — along with those from third-party services, such as Twitter and eBay.
Compatible Samsung TVs start at $3,000 for a 46-inch screen, up to $3,800 for a 55 incher. That’s quite a lot of money to spend during the downturn but these are high end models and, along with Internet-connectivity and other media center functionality, feature cutting edge LED screen technology. I wouldn’t upgrade for widgets alone, but if the OLED screen on Nokia’s N85 mobile phone is anything to go by, and I could afford it, I’d certainly be tempted.