Canonical to showcase Ubuntu TV at CES

As John Bernard suggested in a previous post, we have an exciting concept design that we will be showcasing at CES and on the web.  Ubuntu TV is a vision of how TV will work in the future. With no cables, no boxes and no hassles,  the goal is to uncomplicate television for the average viewer while delivering to him or her all the services and options that they are becoming used to.


Ubuntu TV showcased at CES

To give the world a full picture of what we will be demonstrating, we are launching today a dedicated area on the Ubuntu website featuring demos and a world of information on what we have planned in this space. You can see it all now at

Look out for a series of posts from my colleagues at CES looking at other products we are demonstrating at CES, and the buzz from the showroom floor.



  1. Nick

    Any chance of a live CD for HTPC use. This would have possibly kept me from having to buy another windows install a while back…

  2. Clint Boulton


    where can i see this at CES? Thanks,

    1. Gerry's photo Gerry Carr

      The booth, in the Upper Level of South Hall 4, is at location 35379 within the Las Vegas Convention Center

  3. Harley

    Not fair for Canonical to compete with other free and open source software applications like XBMC and MythTV 🙁

    What’s next, Ubuntu going to make their own office suite, web browser, and mail client?

    If anything it should have instead chosen an existing project like XBMC and added its support/backing to it by using it by default in Ubuntu Desktop similarly to how it comes with Firefox.

    So this will be bad for Canonical not supporting the little guys!

  4. Jason

    Tried the prototype but it cuold have been a lot better. Hope it gets to a good working condition in the future.

  5. szlevi

    Sorry but without actual CableCard support I cannot really see what’s the point in this… effective DRM, that’s a must to replace cable boxes, nothing else.

    Microsoft’s golden boy Belfiore comppletely mismanaged Windows Media Center so it’s pretty much a no-show on the market despite even having few *working* CableCard tuners (eg InifiTV by Ceton); there’s a nice opening for you guys to start working with Ceton and come up with something that WORKS (unlike WMC.)

  6. kevin

    quiero ver que facilidiad tiene la web o programa

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  8. Jeffry

    I think we learned from that ineidcnt As far as I’m aware, Ted has never applied for a job at Canonical, so I can’t see how he’d know anything about our pay rates. I can only speak for myself, but when Google attempted to poach me to work on Chrome OS the salary they offered was *less* than my Canonical salary. I’ve been a hiring manager too in the past, and very very few people have turned down the job after salary negotiation that I’m aware of. So I think that’s probably unfounded FUD too.As to letting our developers work on upstream development of any kind, including kernel, I spend the majority of my time working upstream as do several others. It’s simply a choice of whether you want to, or not. If you’re fixing bugs, you’re actually required to get the patches upstream, etc. If you want to do development work, you simply have to put a few days work into a rationale that you can bring to UDS for why it’s a good thing to do.I would say that in the kernel space, there are much fewer contributed patches than we’d like, but I _think_ that’s more of a factor of the efficiency of the existing upstream. Once the team has find out about and triaged a bug, they’d check with the upstream maintainer in many cases there’s already a patch in GIT that fixes it, if not, the maintainer tends to produce one of their own.While we have recently grown the kernel team, it’s still tiny compared to the massive teams at other companies; comments from people like Ted that are largely unfounded mean we can’t get the superstars who could turn our scratch in the surface into a decent dent.It’s a bit of a vicious circle, really.

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