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Ubuntu TV


Released January, 2012

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Enhanced Smart TV viewing experienced powered by Ubuntu. Alternative to Google and Apple offerings may appeal to some manufacturers worried about the intentions of those companies. Nice looking TV guide for viewing live TV content.

The Cons:Not likely to have a vibrant app marketplace like Android or iOS. No brand recognition outside of computer nerds. Won't be as slick as Google TV or Apple iTV.

Ubuntu TV is a software platform developed by Canonical Ltd. (a commercializing partner of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution). Ubuntu TV runs on Smart TVs and provides an enhanced viewing experience allowing you to search, browse and navigate online, personal, and live TV content.

Product Shot 2 It was announced at CES 2012 in Las Vegas and is a competitor to Google TV and the upcoming Apple iTV. To date, no specific deals with TV manufacturers have been announced.

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    Enhanced Smart TV viewing experienced powered by Ubuntu.

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    Alternative to Google and Apple offerings may appeal to some manufacturers worried about the intentions of those companies

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    Nice looking TV guide for viewing live TV content

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    Not likely to have a vibrant app marketplace like Android or iOS

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    No brand recognition outside of computer nerds

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    Won't be as slick as Google TV or Apple iTV

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Ftgt
Ftgt: #ubuntu_tv Fhhiuytrrdfgt hghuiuytcnj Nov 20, 12
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Erik
Erik: #ubuntu_tv I have to say, this announcement took me by surprise. I have to say an Ubuntu-powered consumer television was not something I was expecting to be announced. I think this helps solidify that 2012 is going to be big year for the smartification / socialization / appification of the your TV similar to what happened to the lowly cell phone when the iPhone was announced.

This is interesting but I think it's dead in the water. I don't think the name "Ubuntu" has any weight with the consumer. Google and Apple do. What about the app market? Will any developers develop for Ubuntu TV? Not unless it gets serious traction.

Let the turf wars begin. Jan 9, 12
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