As a cord cutter myself, I’ve been eagerly awaiting something come to fruition from Canonical’s Ubuntu TV. Previous inquiries have been greeted with a stock response:
“community has been incredible. We are still at a very early stage of development, but it certainly seems to have attracted huge interest which we are only now fully getting on top of.
Right now, we’re focusing on working with hardware and content partners to bring Ubuntu TV to your living room.
If you are interested in updates, the easiest thing to do is join the Ubuntu TV group on Facebook.”
It looks like the wait may be almost over. A new website http://www.doadjustyourset.com/ is now the source of the Ubuntu TV Project Weekly Update. The first week’s post has just gone up. I still don’t think it’ll happen tomorrow, as one of the posts on this week’s update is asking for recommendations on scopes. From the screenshots (or mockups) on the main Ubuntu TV web site it looks like it’s going to be a great product.
With Microsoft looking like they’re abandoning Windows Media Center (a mistake in my opinion), the timing could be just right. Of course the fact that it runs on UNIX is going to make it a non-starter for most (unless they can match Apple’s success with OS X).
The Multimedia 16x16 Matrix Switch System is a modular AV switching platform that converts and switches a wide range of digital and analog AV inputs to HDMI via HDBaseT over Cat5e/6 cable. The switch features an 8-slot chassis that allows up to four 4-port input modules to be switched to up to four 4-port output modules for a maximum switching capacity of 16x16. The Matrix Switch is managed via front panel controls, RS232, USB, or via web server interface and features dual-redundant power supplies for ease of service. The Matrix Switch works with the 500451-Rx HDMI receiver to convert all AV inputs to HDMI.
-Allows up to four 4-port input modules to be switched to up to four 4-port output modules for a maximum switching capacity of 16 x 16
-Management via front panel controls, RS232, USB, and webserver interface
-Input modules: HDMI, HD-SDI, DVI, and VGA
-Output modules: HDMI, HDBaseT