Open source set top boxes on the horizon.
"After showing a Blu-ray reference design for Android in June, we are pleased to now show full HD video on a MIPS-Based platform from Sigma-a platform” said Sigma’s Ken Lowe regarding the upcoming demonstration of full HD video using Android. “Support for Android is a priority on Sigma's roadmap as we enable our customers to quickly, easily and cost-effectively bring exciting new functionality to their next-generation of connected devices.”
The functionality he’s talking about is that of the myriad of applications able to be created using the open source platform known as Android. Though currently seen only on mobile devices, the possibility of bringing Android to set top boxes is cause for much excitement.
Full source code for Android on MIPS is available on their site, as well as a reference binary and more information on possible applications.