Recent active-TV developments make it very easy to build a TV-web channel. Active-TV platforms support MCE and ViiV TV-web Channel formats (Microsoft called these spotlights and now calls them on-line media). However, active-TV can support TV-web channels conforming to even less restrictive formats. This will make it possible for an Extended-PC or Extended-Notebook, networked with a hybrid-STB, to format a YouTube TV-web channel.
A user of the YouTube PC-web site selects their favourite video, later to be viewed on an active-TV enabled TV. Using a PC dialog box like the one below:
the active-TV will be told the YouTube user-name to be used when retrieving favourite YouTube video at the TV. The YouTube favourites are listed as a YouTube TV-web channel at the TV UI menu. Entering another persons YouTube user-name would allow viewing of their video.
Support for a YouTube TV-web channel is a new, and hopefully valued, feature for the active-TV enabled STB or TV.