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[News] With ARM, Future Looks Bright for Linux-powered TVs

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ARM to help make televisions smarter 

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| The souped-up televisions are also becoming a fertile breeding ground for 
| Linux, according to Wallace. "The television operating systems have moved to 
| Linux," he said. "Samsung's [net-connected] television has Linux today, and 
| all the major set-top-box manufacturers are moving to Linux".   



Taming a power-sucking Linux TV

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| The EPA may re-consider its exemption of "Data Acquisition Mode" (DAM) states
| from the sleep-mode requirements associated with its Energy Star ratings. So
| it told noted cryptographer Martin Hellman, who informed the EPA his
| Linux-based Sony HDTV consumed 150 times its advertised standby power budget.


Pimp your Linux satellite box & get TV on your PC!

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| You may have seen reviews of several satellite receivers claiming to
| be 'Linux powered'. So what does it mean for you?
| Linux-based receivers have taken off. Dreambox sells a complete range, while
| others selling similar products include Elanvision, AB-Com and DGStation.
| Nearly all can accommodate hard drives, while many of the latest models have
| two tuners and hi-def support.


Death knell for television as we know it

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| Japanese media reports say the new television, which is likely to run on the
| open source Linux operating system rather than Microsoft Windows to save
| boot-up time, could be on sale locally by next March.


Embedded Linux has more friends than you may know

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| Sony recently announced that one of its BRAVIA LCD TV factories will double
| production from 2 million TV sets per year to 4 million to meet growing
| demand in Europe. Sony has sold more than 20 million of these TVs, and
| they're all built with embedded Linux.
| So what? Embedded Linux is no surprise. Sony and tens of thousands of other
| companies, from huge to tiny, use embedded Linux every day to deliver
| successful products in every market. That is not news.
| Ten years ago, though, embedded Linux was a surprising-even shocking-idea to
| most people. Back in 1998, fresh from victory in the RTOS industry, I
| introduced the idea of building a software company to make Linux a suitable
| OS for developing smart devices. When I told people the idea, they gawked as
| if I was a few lines short of compilable code.
| "You want to build a company on software that's available for free?" I was
| asked. "Based on the gigantically bloated Unix OS? And with some oddball GPL
| license? How fast do you expect people to kick you out of their office?"
| Every market survey showed that the demand for embedded Linux was zero. When
| we released our first product, industry experts agreed that nobody needed it.
| Embedded Linux won't work because it is "too big, too slow, and not
| real-time," said the head of one RTOS company. The president of another
| derided embedded Linux as "a royal pain in the ass," so no developer would
| ever use it.
| I took heart from a quote attributed to Mohandas Gandhi: "First they ignore
| you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win."
| [...]
| Analyst firms don't agree on how many device engineers use embedded Linux,
| but they all say the number is substantial: 21% of developers use embedded
| Linux, according to last year's Embedded Systems Design survey; 36.7%,
| according to current research by Embedded Market Forecasters. This April, VDC
| reported that Linux is now the leading embedded OS. It shouldn't be
| surprising. After all, commercial Linux vendors succeed because they
| understand what design engineers are looking for.



Free/Open-source Television Software

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| Watching live or recorded TV feeds using a desktop computer is made possible
| using television software. Most TV software applications nowadays are
| integrated into media center programs with playback support for almost all
| kinds of media contents such as audio, video, image files and even RSS feeds.


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| A couple of years ago you reiterated that IBM was Microsoft's biggest
| competitor and you said not just on the business side, but overall. If I ask
| you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.


Telecom Italia Rejects Microsoft IPTV

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| For Microsoft, Telecom Italia's decision is clearly a blow.


Linux is de facto OS for TV set-top boxes

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| "The major chipset manufacturers are introducing new Linux platforms
| almost monthly," said Ken Helps, managing director of Ocean Blue Software.
| The attraction is that the Linux operating system will support
| advanced functions without requiring a license fee.

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