5 things you need to know about widget TVs

It’s personalThe Yahoo Widget system lets you choose personalised widgets that stay on the screen as you watch the box. Imagine updating your Tw

It’s personal

The Yahoo Widget system lets you choose personalised widgets that stay on the screen as you watch the box. Imagine updating your Twitter account, viewing the latest sports news and checking out tomorrow’s weather, all while watching Die Hard With a Vengeance, downloaded straight from Netflix to your TV. Nice.

 

It's inspired by OSX and Vista

The interface comprises of a main widget ‘dock’, which can be pulled up using a button on your remote. The widgets look similar to those included on the Vista desktop, and all together it’s a pretty good combo.

Samsung is leading the fray

Samsung is the only manufacturer to use this new technology at present. It’s available on their series 6, 7, 8 and 9 TVs. But it's looking like it'll be more than a flash in the home entertainment pan, as fellow big-hitters Sony and LG will be adopting the technology soon.

 

It’s available in the UK

Originally, only our friends across the pond had access to this service, but fortunately Yahoo has had the good sense to release it into 12 other countries, including dear old Blighty.

 

Over 300 publishers are signed up

There are already hundreds of widgets available, including those from Twitter, Ebay, The New York Times and Blockbuster. With more developers signing up every day, the service is constantly expanding.

 

Scott Campbell