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Ikea’s Uppleva TV solution, which combines a Smart TV with living room furniture, will launch in select retail locations in Europe next month. Some of the apps available on the device at launch will offer access to services like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and TuneIn radio.

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Ikea’s Uppleva TV, which is going on sale in select stores in Europe next month, will feature apps for some of the biggest video sites: Uppleva users will be able to access videos from YouTube,  Vimeo, Dailymotion and elsewhere, according to an Ikea spokesperson. All in all, it will feature around 20 apps per country.

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.

Ikea announced its Uppleva TV product, which integrates the TV into living room furniture, in April. However, the company didn’t reveal many details about the inner workings of the device. Here are a few things we have learned since:

  • Uppleva will come with an integrated Blu-ray player.
  • The TV is being built by China’s TLC.
  • It will come with a wireless subwoover.
  • Uppleva will be available with screen sizes ranging from 24 inches to 46 inches, and will start selling for around $960.
  • Ikea will sell Uppleva in a few select stores in Italy, France, Germany, Poland and Sweden next month, then target additional stores and territories in Europe come fall, and bring Uppleva to the U.S. in 2013.
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