Yahoo! Connected TV

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Yahoo! Connected TV
Developer Yahoo!
Manufacturer Yahoo!, Samsung, Sony, Mediatek, Trident, Vizio, Toshiba
Type Digital media receiver
Release date March 30, 2009 (2009-03-30)
Operating system Linux
CPU Intel Atom based CE3100 consumer electronics system-on-chip, MIPS, ARM
Online services Flickr, Twitter, Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster, YouTube, Netflix, etc
Website connectedtv.yahoo.com

Yahoo! Connected TV is a Smart TV platform developed by Yahoo! based upon the Yahoo! Desktop Widgets platform. Originally announced on August 20, 2008 at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco as the Widget Channel,[1] it integrates the Yahoo! Widgets Engine with a new television oriented user interface to enable Internet connected applications to run and display on a 10-foot user interface

Development[edit]

Yahoo began porting the Konfabulator Widget Engine to an embedded Linux platform in 2007 as part of a joint venture with Intel corporation that resulted in an announcement of the Widget Channel in August 2008.

On January 4, 2009 Yahoo! And Samsung announced that select models of Samsung’s new flat panel HDTVs would support the new TV Widget service.[2] On January 7, 2009 Yahoo! Followed up with a broader announcement of distribution partnerships with major television manufacturers Samsung, Sony, LG Electronics, and Vizio,[3] with only a peripheral reference to Intel.

The following year, January 6, 2010, additional partnerships with Hisense, ViewSonic, MIPS Technologies, and Sigma Designs were announced at CES 2011 [4] bringing the Yahoo! Widget Engine to more televisions and consumer electronics platforms. In September 2010 Yahoo! And the Vestel Group announced a partnership to deliver the platform that was now renamed to Yahoo Connected TV, to Europe.[5] Also later in September Toshiba announced Yahoo! Connected TV support on several models of their televisions.[6]

On November 2, 2011 Yahoo! launched the Yahoo! Connected TV Store with Sony and Toshiba. The Yahoo! Connected TV Store allows developers to offer paid TV apps from 99 cents to $99. The Yahoo! Connected TV Store expanded to VIZIO in late 2012. Also later in 2012 the term "Widgets" was phased out and replaced with "Apps". [7]

On January 9, 2012 Yahoo! and Sony announced Broadcast Interactivity technology available in 2012 Sony BRAVIA televisions. [8] On March 2, 2012 it was announced that Yahoo would be closing down support for the Yahoo Desktop Widget Engine. Yahoo's reason for closure was twofold, the cost of replacing the older servers that supported the gallery and the refocussing of human resources on the development of the Yahoo! Connected TV widget platform. On November 5, 2012 Yahoo! and Samsung announced an expanded partnership with the addition of support for Broadcast Interactivity.[9]

ADK[edit]

Development of TV Apps is enabled via the Yahoo! App Development Kit or ADK, available for download from the Yahoo! Connected TV website. The App Development kit requires Ubuntu Linux as the default operating system, Windows developers must run the Ubuntu operating system on a virtual machine. Only Ubuntu 10.10 is supported although it runs on other derivatives and versions of Ubuntu successfully.

Widget Distribution[edit]

TV Widgets are distributed post sale of the television, via the Yahoo! Connected TV Store, scheduled for launch in Fall 2011. The store claims to reach 135 countries, and enables widget distribution to millions of TVs from Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and Toshiba. All Transactions are processed by Yahoo!, and widget prices range from 99 cents to 99 dollars, with developers getting 70% of the revenue after taxes and currency exchange. All widgets must undergo the Yahoo! approval process before they will be accepted for distribution.

Technology[edit]

TV Widgets are developed using a combination of HTML, XML and Javascript. The code is then executed on the Yahoo TV Widget engine running on TV embedded Linux.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Yahoo ConnectedTV [1]
  • Intel Consumer Electronics [2]
  • Yahoo! Connected TV Developer Site [3]