i have been doing some search (if not research) on internet out there about new generation Samsung televisions.. The new LED and LCD tvs have powerful ARM processors, RJ45 connections or wifi usb connections with some builtin flash memory for os.. and found some confirmation(from the user manuals) that these TVs use Linux, busybox and binutils under GPL and Glibc libusb and SDL under LGPL and libssl under its own..
after some more search found some speculations that it uses STLinux or uClinux and few people said samsung has its own uClinux for ARM.. so did some search on these and found the following links:
1. Source code for some of the TVs can be downloaded here: http://www.samsung.com/global/opensource/
2. Samsungs own version or ARM uClinux here: http://opensrc.sec.samsung.com/
3. STLinux here: http://www.stlinux.com/
4. Also extract from the manual: "This product uses some software programs which are distributed under the GPL/LGPL license. Accordingly, the following GPL and LGPL software source codes that have been used in this product can be provided after asking to email@example.com"
now the question is, with the capabilities that tv is already geared to do.. can some gurus make a MCE version of linux for these TVs so that we can forget the media directors all together?
I know, I can do it, if i were only a linux guru I know its not an easy task.. but atleast.. I would try..