Ubuntu TV Features and Video Presentation

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Ubuntu Smartphone and Television UI Mockups, and today we know more as Ubuntu has just released more information on Ubuntu TV as well as a Video promo of the system.

Ubuntu TVHere are the key features of Ubuntu TV :

  • All broadcast television – Terrestrial broadcast in US and EU standard formats, for SD and HD content with EPG.
  • Cable and satellite possibilities – Integrate your cable or satellite service into Ubuntu TV.
  • Online Videos – Ubuntu TV integrates online content providers to offer a diverse catalogue of movies, TV shows and music straight from the Internet.
  • Tablet/Smartphones Interaction – Link phones or tablets to Ubuntu TV, presenting related content to viewers while they watch such as information on movies by the same director or the reaction on Twitter during live shows.
  • Intelligent search – To simplify and streamline the experience Ubuntu TV can prioritise what channels and shows have been previously watch and make suggestions on what else the user might like.
  • Individual preferences and suggestions – Record TV shows with a separate playlist for each viewer, so that one user does not have another video in his playlist and Ubuntu TV can suggest programs to watch or movies to record in the week ahead.
  • Pick up where you left off – As viewers now watch content on multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets and the TV, with Ubuntu TV, they can pick up where they left off on a different device.
  • Sharing across devices – With Ubuntu TV apps for iOS, Android and Ubuntu, media can be shared between the TV and portable devices using Ubuntu One cloud service.
  • Expandability built-in – Ubuntu TV can have an App Store.

Ubuntu TV can run on Intel x86 or ARM Cortex platforms with 1GB SDRAM, 512 MB Video memory and requires 2GB storage. One of the ARM platform is the Pandaboard, although they do not support hardware video decoding yet. Apparently, Ubuntu will not charge OEM who use Ubuntu TV in their TV or STB, which could help with the adoption of the platform.

Finally you can watch the demo video below, it looks quite nice actually.

For further information, you can visit Ubuntu TV page.

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