Monday, August 1, 2011
Chumby Powers Best Buy Connected TV
San Diego-based Chumby, the developer of Internet-connected hardware, software widgets, and other related technology, is powering a new television from Best Buy. According to Best Buy, it has launched a new, Insignia brand Connected TV, which allows users to both watch television as well as access movies, show, music, and other content through the Internet. Best Buy said that the new, connected TV includes chumby applications, which connect the TV to Twitter, Facebook, Photobucket, Accuweather, Reuters News and Sports, stock and traffic information, as well as other information sources. Terms of the deal between Chumby and Best Buy were not disclosed. The new Best Buy TV also includes access to Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Napster, and other online services, using Tivo's user interface. Chumby, under the direction of Derrick Oien, has been busy extending out its platform to third party devices in the nine months or so.