The Internet and the television have circled each other for years, but the timing was never right for them to form a serious relationship.
Now with Yahoo playing matchmaker, their union promises to flower in a big way.
The Sunnyvale Web portal, with the help of Intel, made one of the bigger splashes at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month with the full unveiling of its Yahoo Widget Channel, a new platform for Internet content that will be embedded in TVs from a number of major manufacturers.
The initiative takes the flirtation that companies like Sony and Samsung have had with watching Internet content on the TV and gives it a profound boost, helping users consume a robust version of the Web through one of their most beloved consumer electronics devices.
Sony, Samsung, LG, Toshiba and Vizio have announced plans to deploy the channel on upcoming Internet-connected TVs starting this spring. Their TVs will feature at least 20 TV-optimized widgets or applications including MySpace, eBay, YouTube, CBS and – of course – a number of Yahoo properties like Yahoo News, Weather, Video, Finance and Flickr.