Pace, Chumby Bring Internet Apps to TV | TV Everywhere |
Set-top maker Pace has paired up with Chumby, a developer of software for Internet-connected devices, to let cable operators deliver TV apps for Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and potentially dozens of other services. Chumby CEO Derrick Oien said the company has been working on TV-specific applications for the last nine months. The focus is on enabling access non-video applications, such as music, photo sharing, news, weather and other information. "We are really bringing the other Internet to the TV," Oien said. Pace and Chumby's joint demo at the Cable Show will include applications for Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Reuters news, Photobucket, Mapquest and AccuWeather. The Chumby platform can work on a variety of low-powered, memory-constrained environments, according to Oien. Its initial development is focused on the Adobe Flash Platform for TV, also known as Stagecraft. The Pace set-top with the Chumby-enabled apps are in a prototype phase, with commercial units targeted to be available before the end of 2011.