TVO, Ontario's public educational television channel, announced this week the launch of several connected TV apps for Boxee and Yahoo! TV.

For Boxee, TVO has released three apps, including Gisèle's Big Backyard, The Space, and TVo_Org which includes video content from four TVO shows. In addition, episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin have been added to the Boxee TV Show Library.

Boxee , for those who don't know, is a cross-platform freeware HTPC (Home Theater PC) software application that can run on a computer or digital media extender which offers up a portal to media content such as Netflix movies, Vudu movies, and an app library which delivers access to such internet services as Pandora, Flickr, Facebook, and Vimeo.

To further appeal to connected consumers, TVO announced a three new Yahoo! TV widgets. The widgets, which are similar to the apps released for Boxee, can be installed on select HDTV's from Samsung and Sony which offer the Yahoo! TV engine.

"We're very excited to now have a significant presence on connected TV," said CEO Lisa de Wilde. "Providing TVO content through Boxee and Yahoo! TV is part of TVO's ongoing commitment to digital innovation and allows us to reach new audiences in new ways."

The broadcaster says the new applications were developed in the "IdeaShaker" digital innovation lab, which is TVO's incubator for new talent, ideas and products. Students from Sheridan College's Interactive Multimedia post-graduate program have worked alongside TVO staff on both connected TV projects from conception to launch.

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