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    Netflix Streaming Coming To Samsung Connected TV


    It seems that Samsung HD connected televisions running apps will soon have access to streaming movie on demand service Netflix’s watch instantly service. It makes perfect sense to have Netflix running on Samsung, and it’s a surprise that there is actually a device that does’nt run the streaming service after their rapid growth.

    [​IMG]Netflix running on Samsung TV

    There has been no official announcment yet by Samsung or Netflix but a report by Engadget reveals that the interface was accessed by Samsung users after they upgraded the tv firmware.

    The Netflix watch instantly[/URL]‘ service is a streaming on demand subscription based package costing $7.99 per month and giving viewers access to TV episodes & movies across the web to TV set. This is accomplished by use of a connected device or tv such as Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, iPhone, iPad or windows mobile device.

    Samsung are probably the most successful connected tv manufacturer yet and recently reported over 2 million apps downloaded[/URL] from it’s app store.

    Recently Netflix have updated the PS3 and Google TV versions of watch instantly which may explain why a version is floating about on other connected hardware. Of course it may have just been a trial that was’nt supposed to be made public, so don't get too excited and sweaty over your remote control, just yet.


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    Samsung Said to Be Considering Google TV Products That Exclude Intel Chips

    By Ian King and Douglas MacMillan - Feb 24, 2011


    Samsung Electronics Co., the largest television maker, may use Google TV software in home- entertainment devices based on its own chips, rather than those from Intel Corp., a person with knowledge of the plans said.



    Samsung had previously considered using the Google Inc. software and balked after Google required use of Intel’s Atom chips, said the person, who declined to be identified because Samsung’s plans haven’t been made public. Google lifted the restriction.

    Support from Samsung would boost Google’s attempts to build on its dominance of Internet search and gain a foothold on big screens in people’s homes, another possible source of ad revenue. By using its own chips, Samsung delivers a setback to Intel’s effort to land its processors in home electronics and lessen its dependence on sales of personal computers.



    James Chung, a spokesman for Suwon, South Korea-based Samsung, declined to comment, as did Intel’s Kiesha Cochrane and Chris Dale, a spokesman for Google, based in Mountain View, California.


    Google TV software lets users search online video and other content on their TV screens. Until now, the software has been used only in TVs and Blu-ray players from Sony Corp. and in a TV set-top box from Logitech International SA, all using Intel’s Atom chip.


    Google’s TV project has suffered other setbacks. The online-search provider has clashed with TV networks over allowing their online content on the system.


     
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    Hands on with Samsung's Smart TV

    We play around with the Smart TV service on new Samsung TVs

    Campbell Simpson

    14 March, 2011

    [​IMG] Samsung's Smart Hub applications service. (US image)






    At a recent event in Singapore we got the chance to sit down with the Samsung Smart TV service that's going to be a major part of Samsung's 2011 plasma and LED TV line-up. It's an evolution of last year's Internet@TV Web feature-set, and there are some nifty new features that we'll be seeing on Australian Samsung TVs.


    Samsung's Smart TV applications interface — it's called Smart Hub — is set out in a grid that's vaguely reminiscent of the Apple iPhone or iPad's iOS. It provides access to the same applications library that last year's Internet-ready TVs like the Series 7 LED/series Series 7 plasma and Series 9 LED TV had. There are a couple of new inclusions, though, that should make the service easier to use and more integrated with normal TV or movie viewing.

    Samsung's Smart Hub looks to be really simply laid out and user-friendly from our short time with it. A major change from last year's service comes in the form of the Search All feature, which niftily searches through all the content in the over-the-air digital TV guide, on any networked device and also on the Internet itself. Samsung demonstrated Search All to us by searching for the name of a TV show; the results that came up included a future listing for a digital TV broadcast, and a series of clips on YouTube. We presume that if a networked computer had some video episodes of that TV show with the right metadata, they'd show up as well.

    The full-screen Web browser that appears in Samsung's mainstream and premium LED and plasma televisions is a crossover feature — if there isn't an appropriate Web application for what you need, you can use the Web browser instead. The interface is designed to be used with Samsung's remote control but typing in Web addresses using the numeric pad will still probably be a pain. Despite this, it means you don't have to find your laptop or go to your computer to find information — and there are times when using a good ol'-fashioned Web browser is better than a tailor-made app.

    Your Video relies on your previous online TV and movie watching history to build up a list of recommended viewing — avid sports watchers might get a list of archived matches to watch, for example. This will work in tandem with the BigPond Movies On Demand that Samsung TVs have had since mid-2010.

    It's been available for a little while — since just after Christmas — but BigPond TV is available through the Samsung Smart TV service. BigPond TV, which is also available on the Telstra T-Box, includes seven linear streaming TV channels — news, music, and various sports including NRL and the V8 Supercars. If you're not impressed with what's showing on free-to-air digital TV, you've run out of DVDs and don't want to purchase a movie on demand or pick a streaming TV show to watch, BigPond TV seems to have a good range of Australian content.

    All the existing apps that2010 Samsung TVs could access are still available, like Twitter, Facebook, Google Maps (a GoodGearGuide favourite), ABC iView, and Skype (once you've plugged in a compatible webcam). They're all free to install as well — the only time you'll have to pay is if you're purchasing a movie rental or back-catalogue TV show.

    Samsung's Smart TV service will be available on most of its LED and plasma TVs — only budget models won't be able to access the full gamut of features. It'll also be a prominent feature of some of the company's upcoming Blu-ray players, which should make them a great buy for anyone looking to extend the life of their old television. Most of Samsung's TV and home entertainment line-up should be available in stores from mid-April onwards, but we'll know more specifics at the start of April.

     

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