IKEA made a splash weeks back with the announcement
of their decor-friendly, integrated all-in-one furnishing and HDTV solution, the Uppleva TV. New details have emerged about the sets going on sale next month (in Europe, so put away your credit card)...
the Uppleva will ship with the ability to stream content from YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion, for a total of 20 integrated apps specific to country/region:
Some of the other services available on the device will include QTom, a German Vevo competitor and TuneIn radio. Apps will also be available to facilitate music playback, games, VOD and catch-up video playback. Uppleva TVs will also come with an open Web browser, which reportedly is Opera for TV.
Of course, several of these services are unlikely to ever make their way to the United States version (due in 2013), but we should see similar app offerings specific to our market. The question, like any built-in services, is whether these apps will be pokey-slow, unfortunately a common characteristic of HDTV built-in services thus far.
The other notable detail is reports about the 24" - 46" screen size, with prices starting at $960 for the set, integrated Blu-ray player, hard drive for storing apps/media, wireless subwoofer, Opera Web browser, and most notably, a matching modular cabinet/stand.