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by: mattc_uk May 15, 2009 5:02 AM PDT

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Yahoo! Widgets on the 2009 TVs

by mattc_uk - 5/15/09 5:02 AM

It's great to see this kind of technology finally getting into TVs! I'm looking at which TV to buy and I've a few questions about the widgets;

1) Is there going to be a generic RSS reader widget? This would be invaluable for monitoring websites that don't have a specific widget. If we have a generic RSS reader, will there be a web-based interface where I can set up my TV's widgets? It'd be a real pain to have to type in some of the really long URLs for RSS feeds via the TV remote!

2) With the video TV widget (e.g. CBS), will they work in non-US countries? Or do we get alternatives we can watch?

3) What video format do the TV station widgets use? Are you playing Flash video? Or is it MP4 behind the scenes?

4) Are there any plans to add BBC iPlayer support, because in the UK this would be awesome!

5) What other widgets are in the pipeline?

6) Is it easy for developers to publish their own widgets for inclusion in the directory? Or is it quite strict and we'll only get a few official Yahoo widgets? I'd hate for this to be restricted to only a handful of widgets and have developers locked out from uploading their own creations.

= and on a different note...

7) Will you be keeping the firmware on the TV up to date? I.e. improving the number of video formats that the TV can play from an attached USB storage device? Devices like the WDTV and Popcorn Hour have regular firmware updates to improve the range of video formats they support, are you committed to doing the same?

Thanks in advance,


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