Yahoo! and Samsung have announced an extended partnership to deliver Yahoo! Connected TV in 26 new countries across Europe, bringing Yahoo! Connected TV on Samsung TVs to 39 countries worldwide. Yahoo! Connected TV is currently in use in 135 countries on approximately 4 million devices. Today’s news builds on the partnership that Yahoo! and Samsung first announced in January 2009.
Samsung’s 2010 European LED, LCD and Plasma HDTVs available with Internet@TV will now feature a new full-screen Yahoo! Connected TV experience. You will be able to access your favorite videos on YouTube™; view the latest headlines and videos on Sky News and Bild News, view photos from Flickr; discover travel deals on Teletext Holidays, get German football scores and updates on Bild Mein Klub; shop on eBay®; play games from PlayJam, create a personal channel of music videos on Putpat, or catch up with friends on Twitter® and Facebook, all while watching TV. With the European expansion, Yahoo! Connected will be available on over 40 models of Samsung TVs.
“Samsung is an innovator in Internet-enabled TV, offering consumers one of the most compelling experiences possible,” said Kevin Lee, vice president, Samsung Electronics. “Our expanded partnership with Yahoo! will enable millions of European consumers to experience content from Yahoo! Connected TV.”
The increased global distribution and availability of Yahoo! Connected TV provides developers and content creators an opportunity to reach millions of consumers in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. If you don’t have the latest Widget Developer Kit (WDK) you can download it at: http://connectedtv.yahoo.com/developers and start building your own TV Widget.
To get the software today, you will need to download the update from the Samsung TV website for your country. Instructions are below. Otherwise, the software update will be available for selection on November 8th directly within your TV.
To find the website for your country, go the Samsung country locater page at:
http://www.samsung.com/us/common/visitcountrysite.html. Below are the Samsung TV software download pages for the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Norway. Stay tuned for a detailed tutorial on how to update your TV.
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Check out the official press release at: http://yhoo.client.shareholder.com/press/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=525776