New TVs support double the WRAL

Posted July 7, 2010 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 9:12 a.m. EDT

— WRAL content is available as a widget on Internet-enabled televisions through a partnership with the manufacturers and Yahoo!, parent company Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. announced Wednesday.

Newer HD TVs that are connected to the Internet -- either via a cable or a wireless adapter -- can access "widgets" from a gallery compiled by Yahoo!

The widgets display content on the TV screen without interrupting the viewing experience.

Viewers of the WRAL widget can see headlines, read local news stories, watch streaming video and check the latest weather forecast and animated radar.

Internet-enabled televisions are available from Sony, Samsung, LG and Vizio. The "widgets" button on the TV remote pulls up the menu of choices. Other widgets in the Yahoo! gallery offer access to popular sites such as Flickr, Amazon, eBay, Twitter, Facebook and others.

“WRAL has a solid history of firsts in digital broadcasting, and it is the first local TV station to offer viewers access to their content on the Yahoo! Widget Engine,” said Sam Matheny, general manager of News Over Wireless, which designed the WRAL widget.

Manufacturers estimate 1 million people in the United States have access to this new technology.