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Hands-on with Ubuntu TV, above and under the hood

Jan 17, 2012, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Smart TV functionality is becoming an increasingly important trend as hardware manufacturers seek to differentiate their television sets. Some of the popular software suites that have traditionally been used on home theater PCs, such as Boxee and Plex, are making their way onto set-top boxes and televisions. Plex, for example, is licensed by LG and ships on some of the company's devices.

An open source television platform based on Ubuntu could be appealing to some hardware manufacturers that don't yet have their own embedded smart television software yet. If Ubuntu TV becomes popular, Canonical could profit by tying in its own video rental service or selling commercial licenses to hardware vendors who want the code under more permissive terms.

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