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Not just the Lakers game, but this Samsung TV that sucks in web content (weather / news / sports) which displays on-top of Live (content is generate by the TV, not the set-top box.  Ethernet plugs into the back just like an AV cable).  Rad. | by dpstyles™
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Not just the Lakers game, but this Samsung TV that sucks in web content (weather / news / sports) which displays on-top of Live (content is generate by the TV, not the set-top box. Ethernet plugs into the back just like an AV cable). Rad.

Overlaying data on top of Live TV = very tricky to do (esp w/ transparency + rounded corners). I've always thought that TV + internet overlays would come from the set-top boxes, but all the cable companies are drrrraaagggingg their feet.

 

So these Samsung widgets are pre-defined (read: I can't make my own Twitter widget and then add it to the screen) tho it looks like Samsung and Yahoo are working together to bring the Yahoo Widgets system to the display (bypassing set-top box)

 

www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2337846,00.asp

 

Real curious to see how this would work... some kind of widget catalog baked right into the TV? Can I push my own widgets to my TV? To your TV? Hmm..

 

BTW, Verizon has been talking about doing this w/ an API for their new FIOS boxes...

 

www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2343080,00.asp

 

... but I'm real surprised to see this come from TV manufacturer first instead of the set-top / cable companies. Very slick (will def sway me in my next TV purchase)

 

ps: Samsung UN46B8000 46-Inch LED HDTV with 1080p Resolution ($2400)

 

www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN46B8000-46-Inch-1080p-Resolution...

 

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Taken on June 14, 2009