Ok so I now had the install all going but during startup the TV was filled up with squiggly text.
The cause of this I discovered is that the splash screen that was shown during startup was running at a resolution that my TV did not enjoy.
Turns out the fix is quite easy in /boot/grub is a file called menu.lst after making a backup of the file I simply added vga=771 to the list of boot parameters and saved the file.
In doing this I discovered that Ubuntu creates a special user that you login as. To change any of the system files you need to be root. So you have to use the sudo command to run a command as root. For instance:
sudo vi /boot/grub/menu.lst
So now I have a nice fresh install. The next step is to be able to play back my music and videos….