Yahoo!’s New Go TV
Image by Thomas Hawk
Just got back from the Yahoo! tent where I was able to see their new Go TV that they announced today. Wow. This thing looks alot like Media Center in a lot of ways. It records TV with a TV Tuner. It lets you see slide shows of all your photos *AND* almost full screen slide shows of your Flickr photos, favorites, friends, etc. (I say almost because there is a little purple Yahoo! bar at the bottom of the screen when doing full screen slide shows but the Yahoo! rep I spoke with said that this will be able to be minimized away in a future version. It allows you access to Yahoo! music services or your own mp3 library. It allows you to see movie trailers and theater info near you from Yahoo! Movies (not in high def yet). It allows you to see a bunch of long tail video including a service that ranks the top 10 or so videos each day and highlights those on a main page. You can also search for long tail video content but I was told that there are no RSS feed or RSS search feed capibilities yet.
Like I said, Wow. From seemingly out of nowhere. And the price? FREE. I’m sure somebody’s going to need to pay for all that bandwidth from those high res full screen Flickr slide shows (and it’s probably not Flickr with a per year subscription). My guess is that this is more an added feature to pull you in to all the content where advertising and things like music subscription services pay for the feature.
Very cool. I plan to do a more complete post on my full day today and will post a bunch more Flickr photos when I finish up tonight but am off to the Orb party with Ian Dixon here in a few minutes.