As a move to broaden the reach of open-source OS beyond the PC, Canonical has demonstrated Ubuntu TV for the first time. Ubuntu TV was showcased at CES in Las Vegas. Canonical expects the first Ubuntu-powered television to be on the shelves by the end of this year.
Canonical is in discussions with a number of television manufacturers, but couldn’t confirm any signed deals. Though Canonical may struggle to match the marketing muscle of Google and Apple, the company plans to woo manufacturers by supplying the software free of charge. Canonical will primarily target the US and China with Ubuntu TV, with expansion into other countries.