— Lots of news from Yahoo’s Connected TV Group, which continues to be very active on the partnership front despite the recent departure of VP Patrick Barry. Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) says that its TV widgets, which let users interact with internet content, like photos from Flickr or news from the NYT, on their TVs, will now be distributed by some additional firms, including Hisense International, which sells some internet-connected TVs, and media player maker ViewSonic. Last year at CES, Yahoo announced distribution partnerships for its TV widgets with Samsung, Sony (NYSE: SNE), and *LG Electronics*. Yahoo also says that TV Widget users will be able to soon access video content from Brightcove’s many customers, including Cars.com and Wine Spectator. Even more announcements in the release.
— Netflix, meanwhile, is announcing a series of new consumer electronics partners of its own. Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba and Funai have all agreed to introduce blu-ray disc players or digital TVs that will be able to instantly stream content from Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX). Here’s that statement. The company already has similar deals with Best Buy’s Insignia, *LG Electronics*, Samsung and Sony.