Tokyo - Five Japanese TV manufacturers are spearheading a working group to hammer out technical specifications for digital TVs equipped with Internet access. The working group, which will kick off April 14 and plans to complete its spec by October, is expected to adopt Linux as the operating system for its approach.
Hitachi, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Sharp, Sony and Toshiba are leading the effort to prepare a common platform for digital TVs equipped to access the Net. Although Internet TVs have failed in the past, the five companies said they intend to position the digital TV set as a home information center.
Matsushita and Sony agreed in December to collaborate on an enhanced version of Linux for digital consumer electronics products. They are developing a consumer version of Linux that will provide the functions and performance required for digital products. The resulting source code will be made available through the General Public License procedure.
That work is expected to lead to the working group's adoption of Linux for its Internet TV spec.