updated 01:25 pm EDT, Wed July 15, 2009
Widget Bazaar now out
Subscribers to Verizon's fiber optic Internet and cable service, FiOS, now have access to the Widget Bazaar, which lets them check out Twitter apps and log onto Facebook right on their TVs. Users won't be able to post Twitter updates or view their friends' pages, as the young version of the app only allows users to get updates on what they're watching and standard community Twitter updates. The Twitter app remains on the screen as a vertical ticker, even when users are watching TV.
Facebook is more interactive and free-ranging, as users can update their status with what they are currently watching. Friends' status updates, photos and feeds can also be viewed. Thus far, only one profile per box is supported, though multiple support is coming.
Later in July, Widget Bazaar will add local, streaming and Internet video, including DailyMotion, Veoh and blip.tv, though YouTube, Netflix or Hulu will not be accessible.
Verizon promises to bring 40 widgets in total in about six months, and updates could soon be sent out constantly instead of a few times a year. There is also talk of a new user interface coming within the next year. [via Gizmodo]