DMA 10

KHOU Launches Internet Connected TV Widget

Belo CBS affiliate KHOU Houston (DMA 10) said today that it is “the first station in Houston to offer an interactive television widget for Internet-connected TV sets using the Yahoo! Widget Engine.”

“The new KHOU widget will be distributed to millions of Internet-connected devices on the Yahoo! Connected TV platform around the world,” said Susan McEldoon, KHOU president-GM.  “KHOU viewers with the latest HD sets can access the KHOU widget from the Yahoo! Gallery, and we look forward to expanding our connected TV presence to other TV platforms.”

Viewers of the KHOU widget can access the latest news headlines, weather, entertainment, sports, Great Day Houston and streaming video.

The widget uses a broadband connection to pull content through the Internet and can be displayed as a partial overlay on whatever channel is being watched by the viewer.

According to Christine Di Stadio, director of digital media, “Television is undergoing a major transformation with connectivity to the Web.  Our primary strategic focus is to distribute the KHOU brand and engage our audience with news and information across multiple user touch points including Web-enabled TV sets.”

KHOU partnered with Devici, formerly Widget Realm, on widget development.

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