Toshiba is joining forces with Intel and Microsoft to bring PC multimedia content to larger TV screens.
Toshiba is launching new LCD TVs, LCD TV/DVD Combos and standalone network players that support the Widget Channel applications framework promoted by Intel and Yahoo!, and which include Extender for Windows Media Center technology.
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Toshiba will first bring the new products to the US market in the second half of 2009. It is exhibiting them at this week's 2009 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
With TV Widgets and Extender for Windows Media Center technology, the consumer will have greater flexibility to customise and enhance their entertainment experience, said Toshiba.
TV Widgets, which run on the Widget Channel applications framework developed by Intel and Yahoo! and driven by Intel's consumer electronics media processors, allow viewers to access rich content over the internet on their TVs via a home network and user-friendly interface that appears on their TV screen.