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Yahoo Plans TV Access

Upcoming software will allow Yahoo subscribers to search the Web, of course, but also search and watch online video, use Yahoo's photo service to build slide shows, store and share photos--and watch it all on what's often the largest screen in the house.
"Unless they actually start creating content, it puts them in a different space than the typical media company," Steven Kovsky, digital TV analyst for Current Analysis, said.

That space is as an interface, or doorway, to the Web and the PC. As a piece of a home network, Yahoo also becomes a tool for adding value to content, such as adding the ability to share video and pictures with others on the Web, while also communicating with them through instant messaging.

Yahoo Go TV is part of the company's overall strategy, called Yahoo Go, which looks to extend the company's reach beyond the Web browser, Semel said during his keynote at CES.

Another piece of that strategy announced Friday was Yahoo Go Mobile, a software package that would enable Web-connected cellular phones to connect to Yahoo's communication services, such email, messaging, address book and calendars. The package also would connect to Yahoo's photo service, tap into the company's search capabilities and access its news, sports and finance information and its games.

In the United States, Yahoo plans to launch Go Mobile through carriers AT&T, formerly SBC Communications Inc., and Cingular Wireless in the coming months. The mobile application is also expected to be pre-installed in some mobile phones, such as the Nokia 6682.

Yahoo plans to launch the service internationally through Nokia.

For more coverage from the Consumer Electronics Show, see our 2006 CES Center.