Intel and Yahoo have just announced plans to create an interactive, Internet-based widget system for the TV.
The Widget Channel will use Intel's new Media Processor CE 3100 along with Yahoo's Widget Engine to bring Web content to a television platform. The technology will essentially deliver a degree of Web 2.0-type service to the TV, letting you interact with content and share information with friends. It'll also offer news headlines, photo access, and video-on-demand-style services.
Much of the content will be powered by established Internet services, including Flickr, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, eBay, and Blockbuster. A slew of other companies is working on new widgets, too -- everyone from CBS Interactive to Disney, MTV, Samsung, and even Twitter.