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Ubuntu TV Finally Gets a Close-Up 146

Barence writes "Canonical has unveiled the first screenshots and details of Ubuntu TV. Plans for versions of the Linux distro for tablets, smartphones and TVs were unveiled last year, and now the television is — perhaps surprisingly — the first of those to arrive. 'It's a simple viewing experience for online video, both your own and routed over the internet,' Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO told PC Pro. Movie streaming services will be supported as well as live television broadcasts. Ubuntu TV will be integrated into television sets, but Canonical was unable to confirm any manufacturers. It will be released later this year."
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Ubuntu TV Finally Gets a Close-Up

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  • More useful links (Score:5, Informative)

    by Ramsed ( 89819 ) <Sander.van.Noort@gmail . c om> on Monday January 09, 2012 @07:20AM (#38636132)
    More info at Canocial blog [] and Ubuntu website [] (including a video).
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 09, 2012 @08:00AM (#38636260)

    If this is any good then it could well be that the Canonical offering will be too little, too late.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 09, 2012 @08:27AM (#38636318)

    My Toshiba TV already runs Linux somewhere along the line - presumably for the smart TV features. Now, either Toshiba are maintaining this themselves or they have bought it in from somewhere. Does that answer your question as to what market Canonical may be looking at?

  • Re:Mythbuntu (Score:4, Informative)

    by Ynot_82 ( 1023749 ) on Monday January 09, 2012 @08:27AM (#38636322)

    By "this", in

    Seeing as this Ubuntu respin has never been officially endorsed by Canonical

    I meant
    "Seeing as Mythbuntu has never been officially endorsed by Canonical"

    Mythbuntu was a third party respin of Ubuntu, that integrated MythTV into the distribution and comes with custom front-end configuration software and other things to ease the setup of a MythTV system

  • Re:Mythbuntu (Score:5, Informative)

    by LordKronos ( 470910 ) on Monday January 09, 2012 @10:16AM (#38636918)

    Looking at the screenshots, it looks like it's running MythTV with a custom theme

    I wonder how the Mythbuntu folks feel about this.
    Seeing as this Ubuntu respin has never been officially endorsed by Canonical (to my knowledge), may be seen as a bit of a hijacking of the project...

    Uh, what screenshots are you looking at? The ones in the linked article? It looks nothing like MythTV, other than in the generic way in which you could say any media app (Windows Media Center, Sage TV, XBMC, etc) looks like MythTV (you know, it's got a program guide, and a list of videos with coverart). If there's one thing in there that makes it painfully obvious that it ISN'T mythtv, it's got to be the screenshot that shows you can rent/buy movies...myth doesn't have anything at all like that.

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