Features and specifications

Ubuntu TV combines the benefits of many devices into one, for a simpler, more integrated entertainment experience.

All broadcast television

Terrestrial broadcast in US and EU standard formats, for standard or high definition content, with integrated electronic programme guides.

Cable and satellite possibilities

Integrate your cable or satellite service into Ubuntu TV, to provide a unified customer experience. Ubuntu bridges the gap between television manufacturers and cable or satellite providers.

Ubuntu TV browsing TV channels
  • Youtube
  • BBC iPlayer

Endless online entertainment

Ubuntu TV integrates online content providers to offer a diverse catalogue of movies, TV shows and music straight from the Internet. Take advantage of Canonical's services framework and content partners, or integrate your own services.

Enhanced viewing

Second-screen experiences are an emerging trend in broadcast television. Link phones or tablets to Ubuntu TV, presenting related content to viewers while they watch. Provide information on movies by the same director, for example, or the reaction on Twitter during live shows — without any distraction from the action.

Ubuntu TV displaying movie details

Intelligent search

The wealth of online content can leave viewers overwhelmed by choice. To simplify and streamline the experience we can prioritise what channels and shows have previously enjoyed, and even make suggestions on what else they might like. Ubuntu TV puts the world's content at your fingertips in a simple interface.

Individual preferences and suggestions

Record TV shows with a separate playlist for each viewer — so Dad's needn't fill up with episodes of The Mickey Mouse Club. And because the TV can learn what Dad likes over time, it can suggest programmes he might want to watch that day, or movies to record in the week ahead.

Ubuntu TV pick up where you left off

Pick up where you left off

Viewers enjoy content on multiple devices — phones, tablets, and the TV. With Ubuntu TV, they can pick up where they left off on a different device. For example, a viewer can watch part of a movie on their phone, then watch the rest on the TV — without having to search for their place.

Expandability built-in

Ubuntu TV runs applications from you or from third party developers. Deliver apps through an online store, update them when necessary and benefit from the growing ecosystem of Ubuntu application developers.

Technical specifications and requirements

Ubuntu TV benefits from the comprehensive hardware support that’s always been a hallmark of Ubuntu for PCs. Highlights include:

  • Support for ARM and x86 boards1
  • Local storage support for DVR functionality2
  • Minimum disk space: 2GB
  • Minimum memory: 1GB
  • Minimum video memory: 512 MB
  • HDMI
  • CEC support
  • Digital audio out
  • Hardware accelerated video capable of displaying content at 1080p3
  • Network connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet & Wireless b/g/n
  • USB host support
  • Bluetooth HCI interface
  • Modular tuner for broadcast TV (satellite, cable, terrestrial)

1. A list of supported boards can be provided

2. Solid-state storage recommended

3. Dependent on chipset