Intel, Adobe To Add Flash To TVs

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In another bid to bring Web-delivered content to TVs, Intel and Adobe Systems plan to develop a version of Adobe’s Flash media player technology to the chip maker’s media processor designed for set-tops, digital TVs and other home-entertainment devices.

Intel said it plans to ship the first CE3100 with support for an “optimized” implementation of Adobe Flash Lite by mid-2009. Many interactive Web applications, including video players, are based on the Adobe Flash platform.

Separately, Intel is working with Yahoo on a project code-named the “Widget Channel,” which the companies have touted as providing a platform for the development and delivery of on-screen TV applications with content such as weather updates, news and games.

At CES this week, Intel and Yahoo expect to demonstrate TVs developed by Samsung Electronics and Toshiba that run the Widget Channel framework. Comcast also has announced support for the initiative, through the cable industry’s tru2way specification for interactive applications.

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