Yahoo to roll out IPTV in Europe

Microsoft collaborator and search engine has-been Yahoo today said it has hooked up with Vestel Group, a Turkish maker of LCD TVs, set-top-boxes, consumer electronics and washing machines.

The two companies plan to install Yahoo’s Connected TV service on both Vestel’s self-branded and OEM branded tellies and roll it all out over 40 countries in Europe early next year.

Yahoo Connected allows consumers to access eBay, see movie streams on video site Coolroom, access internet content and shop on eBay, bugger about on Twitter and Facebook and get the latest non-news from Sky and Bild.

Bild is Germany’s leading tabloid newspaper, so punters better be prepared for boobies and sex crime voyeurism. On top of it all, one can fondle one’s widgets while watching TV. Developers can create nice new widgets, or apps, as Apple and Google call them, using Yahoo’s TV WDK (Widget Development Kit).

Vestel Group claims to have a share of 16 percent of the European LCD TV and a 25 percent share of the digital set-top box market. In Germany, it sells ovens, tellies and so on to retailers under the Techwood brand. The group is composed of 25 subsidiaries and had a turnover of €3.7 billion last year.

Yahoo so far cooperates with Sony, Samsung, LG TV, Vizio and so forth. Sony, however, will also be unleashing a high-definition Bravia LCD TV featuring Google’s offering, unsurprisingly called Google TV. The telly is expected to go on sale in the near future, alongside Blu-Ray players.

Google TV aggregates TV content from various channels, similar to Google News, allowing viewers to search for and watch shows. Searching for “Dr House” will link to sites and services as diverse as Netflix and Youtube. Yahoo TV, by comparison, makes heavy use of widgets, which can be likened to the good old teletext of yesteryear.