Why Yahoo Connected TV is a Fail

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When I'm watching a baseball game I don't want to suddenly browse my photo albums. The TV widgets I want are TV widgets that augment the experience of watching TV. Y! Connected TV Widgets will never be able to do that because they have no idea what you're watching. There's no connection between the data layer and the video layer.

It's nice that they got to reuse all the konfabulator code (Y! TV widget are based on konfabulator desktop widgets) but it has cost them the chance of doing anything interesting with the product. Sometimes the best product decisions are not the easiest decisions. The lack of product leadership at Yahoo! is the single biggest reason for their demise.