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This paper presents an analysis of the existing graphical user interface (GUI) creation frameworks, in order to investigate how well these frameworks can be applied for graphical user applications in modern television services. The analysis is based on a characterization presented in this paper and it provides a list of key enablers and a quick methodology that decide the most suitable graphical framework. Some of the considered aspects were the license (possibilities of commercial use of the solution), levity of integration with the standard user interface for television receivers (remote controller), usability for the end user, development effort, system resources utilization and energy consumption. Finally, we present a case study where the characterization with the specific GUI application (TVHome) has been used. We introduce several GUI design conventions, to make GUI framework the most applicable for the television receiver.