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Canonical Showcasing Ubuntu TV This Week

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    Canonical Showcasing Ubuntu TV This Week (click for full article)

    "On Monday Canonical said that it plans to show Ubuntu TV, an upcoming service the company defines as a "concept design" and a "vision on how TV will work in the future" at CES. The news arrives as Google and its partners begin to roll out products based on Google TV 2.0, and as Apple insiders claim that the iOS company is currently working on its own Siri-laced TV project.

    "With no cables, no boxes and no hassles, the goal is to un-complicate television for the average viewer while delivering to him or her all the services and options that they are becoming used to," the company said in a blog.


    According to the just-launched Ubuntu TV website, Canonical's upcoming platform will pack "everything you want in a TV, in a TV." Features include easy integration of broadcast, online services and applications, millions of movies and TV shows streamed on demand over the web, a modern broadcast TV experience (search, watch, record and play), and get this -- a shared-screen experience with iOS, Android and Ubuntu devices."
     
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    Canonical Demonstrates Ubuntu TV | PCWorld Business Center (click for full article)

    "Anticipating a growing market for smart television sets, Canonical will be demonstrating a version of its popular Ubuntu Linux OS that can be used for running TVs.

    The company is displaying a prototype unit, called the Ubuntu TV, at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.


    "It's an operating system and experience for your television," said Canonical CEO Jane Silber. The company is hoping television manufacturers will adopt Ubuntu as a base for their own smart television sets. "We're focusing on making the TV intuitive and usable again, with a single, elegant interface."


    The global market for smart televisions is expected to balloon, reaching US$265 billion by 2016, up from $64 million in 2011, estimates the MarketsandMarkets research firm. A smart TV is one that can not only show cable and over-the-air television shows, but, thanks to some built-in computational ability, also offer a user interface to allow viewers to pull video from the Internet, run applications and peruse channel guides more easily.


    Although Canonical originally designed Ubuntu as a Linux-based OS for desktop and laptop computers and servers, the company's plans to court television manufacturers such as Sony and LG is part of a broader strategy to offer Ubuntu for a wide range of processor-embedded consumer devices, including automobiles, tablets and various household appliances.


    Ubuntu TV "is a first proof point on a broader device strategy," Silber said.


    For Ubuntu TV, Canonical wants to partner with television manufacturers; it has no intention to build its own television. It is in talks with several manufacturers, and it is also in the early stages of conversations with content providers as well."
     
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    This is definitely an impressive user interface. Much more cohesive than any Google Android or Google TV device in my opinion. I hope one of the manufacturers licenses this product. As far as proof of concepts goes, it blows away anything I've seen currently produced.
     
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