— *Netflix* to go hi-def, courtesy of Vizio: Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) has struck a deal with TV and electronics company Vizio to stream movies on new Vizio TVs featuring its Connected HDTV platform — without the need for an external device. Vizio expects to ship the new sets to retailers later this year. On Sunday Netflix announced a similar deal with *LG* to embed its service directly onto *LG*s new LCD and plasma “Broadband HDTVs.” Release.
— Sling Media rolls out personalized DVR service: Sling Media has introduced SlingGuide, a search technology enabling DISH Network customers to browse, search and record programs on a DVR from their PC, Mac or compatible mobile phone (such as BlackBerry and iPhone). Some other features include the ability to search shows by genre, keyword or actor, ability to search and record shows from the iPhone and iPod Touch, and a personalized interface. Beginning in spring, SlingGuide will be free to DISH Network subscribers who have compatible DVRs.
— MySpace expands to TV sets: In an effort to bring rich online content to television, the social net is launching a widget that will allow users to watch TV while surfing through friends’ MySpace profiles. The application is built on the *Yahoo* and Intel-designed “Widget Channel” and will be embedded on Toshiba TVs as well as other brands’ sets. Release.
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