Want Twitter on your TV? Samsung have an app for that with their new HDTV app store

8 January 2010 One Comment admin

HDTVs capable of showing social media apps such as Facebook and Twitter are everywhere at CES 2010, but Samsung have gone one better. Not only have they been showing off a variety of HDTVs equipped with social media apps aplenty, they’ve also launched an app store for their range of HDTVs, Blu-ray players and home theater systems.

So if the social apps that come with their HDTVs are not to your liking, you can either download a new one, or even create your own!

More details after the jump.
Samsung Internet@TV HDTV app store
Called Internet@TV, the app store features apps (both paid and free) in the following categories:

  • video
  • information
  • lifestyle
  • games
  • sports

You can already download apps from a variety of content partners, including:

  • Netflix
  • Picasa
  • Pandora
  • Twitter
  • VUDU
  • Rovi
  • Blockbuster
  • The Associated Press

As well as games including poker, Monopoly and Sudoku.

“Samsung’s goal over the past two years has been to really push the envelope in terms of consumer experience with connected TV, and 2010 is no different,” said Kevin Kyungshik Lee, Vice President of Visual Display at Samsung Electronics.

“The upgraded Internet@TV feature with Samsung Apps is another major step in terms of a truly personalized, easy to navigate and convenient connected TV experience, which is why we’re offering it in the vast majority of TV models 40 inches and above and now extending those capabilities across multiple products.”

The app store isn’t available until July, but it’s a great move by Samsung. Internet-connected HDTVs were a feature of CES 2009, primarily with Yahoo!’s widgets, but the big problem with such features is that they’re restricted by the range of apps available.

By opening up the apps and creating a single portal to download new ones, Samsung not only increase the desirability of their range of HDTVs and the like, they also extend its use.

And if you’ve bought a load of Samsung-specific apps, when you upgrade, you’re more likely to purchase another Samsung HDTV, simply to continue using the apps you’ve already bought.

Of course, all this relies on the apps actually being usable, but it’s a smart move by Samsung, and shows the different divisions of the company are really working well together.

[Source: WebProNews]


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