Jan. 6, 2006–Yahoo! today announced the upcoming launch of Yahoo! Go TV, a new product that will bring the power and depth of the Internet to the PC-connected television screen. Yahoo! Go TV will seamlessly bring consumers’ community, as well as content such as digital photos, movie playtimes at local theaters and other personalized Yahoo! services onto the PC-connected television experience.
The new service will allow consumers to take content from their personal computer or from the web and extend it onto the biggest screen in their home. Yahoo! Go TV integrates consumers Internet services, including video search and photos, into the television. Yahoo! will also look to make the company’s music offerings available through this new service. Yahoo! Go TV will also improve consumers’ ability to navigate and find all the content available on their television. For example, consumers will be able to use their remote control to see what’s playing at their local theater or share pictures from a recent vacation with friends, all on their television screen.
The company expects to launch Yahoo! Go TV in the coming months.
“Yahoo! Go TV integrates the home television viewing experience with the leading Internet services that tens of millions of consumers already know and depend on,” said Marco Boerries, senior vice president, Connected Life, Yahoo!. “This is about making Internet technology work for people in their daily lives. We want to give consumers everything they love about the web — the open platform and the ability to find and view what they want, when they want it — on their PC-connected television.”
Key features currently planned for the new Yahoo! Go TV service include:
Yahoo! Video Search
— Quickly search, find and view Internet videos using
Yahoo!’s industry leading video search technology
Yahoo! Photos and Flickr
— View personalized photo slide shows on the television
— Access images saved on Yahoo! Photos or the local hard
– Easily find and view friends’ albums shared online
— Access to personalized information and services
— Search for playtimes at local theaters or watch movie
— Find movies from the DVR, television or DVD player
— Full Personal Video Recorder (PVR) functionality,
including trick play features and access to the PC for
storage of content
— Full TV tuning capabilities to control your TV channels
Yahoo! Go TV will be available to consumers through an easy to install, lightweight and downloadable application that will run on any PC connected to a TV and work with any remote control. To learn more about Yahoo! Go TV consumers can go to: http://go.yahoo.com/go.