Yahoo! is planning to launch the Widget Channel, an application framework designed for TV and related consumer electronics devices that use Intel's hardware, by early next year. TV widgets, small web-based applications that complement TV shows, will give viewers options such as watching videos, tracking their favourite stocks or sports teams, interacting with friends or staying up to date with news and information.
Intel is to build Yahoo! widgets into new TV chips to allow consumers to use internet applications while watching programmes.