Alibaba goes Smart TV

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Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant run by the infamous Jack Ma and is still partly owned by the American tech company Yahoo, is expanding into Smart TV according to the Wall Street Journal.

The technology company is introducing both a Smart TV operating system and a set-top box in an attempt to turn coach potatoes in happy customers.

Alibaba already has a massive e-commerce presence in China and a payment infrastructure called Alipay that facilitate half of the online payments made in China already. Together with the new Smart TV infrastructure, this could be a powerful combination.

The Smart TV’s are to be developed together with Skyworth Digital Holdings Ltd., Sichuan Changhong Electric Co. and Qingdao Haier Co. And the set-top box is developed with Wasu Media Holding Co.

So far, no prices or specific release dates have been announced, but expect more news on this in the coming months. Maybe Alibaba will show something at the IFA at Berlin coming September.