i am surprised no one is working on this or asking about it. also YAHOO mail and messenger should have been the first apps to run on the YAHOO platform w.t.f why are these not implemented into a YAHOO branded device i have been trying to educate myself enough to get at least one of these widgets made but i am a novice YAHoo is a company that has enough programmers that can stop working on apps that no one uses and start working on ones that should have been there in the first place
In general, browsing the web on a TV is a poor experience, particularly if you only have a TV remote for text and navigation. Using a mouse and keyboard in the living room while watching TV is another good example why this is not the best experience. For these reasons Y! did not create a browser on the TV. We believe bringing content available on the web to the TV via apps is a better experience for the user.
For similar reasons we do not have a email or messenger app for the TV. Text entry using a remote is not the best experience :) Keep in mind that many of the TVs are shipped with a very simple remote. You can imagine responding to a email using up-down-left-right on your remote.
Here's an idea: Make the web browser for the TV, and I can use my laptop, which is on the same wireless network as the TV, to do the typing and nav needed to access web pages I want to access--like my own. It would be nice to navigate on the web and share the experience with others. Until Y! decides to go that route, it is only fair that you explicitly state in the product description that there's no web browser.
I understand that the conventional TV remote makes for a sub-optimal browsing experience, but sometimes you can tolerate that for the convenience of grabbing something quickly while you're watching TV. I use a web-enabled flip-phone for checking my Yahoo mail and if I have something compelling that doesn't translate well to a thumb-sized screen, I get on my laptop to check it out, Sometimes people are willing to settle for sub-optimal. I don't believe this is technically impossible, but it doesn't produce licensing revenue, so Vizio and Yahoo have no use for it. Why don't you just build a browser and let your customers decide if they want to use it?