CES: Samsung unveils smart TV with OTT services

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Manufacturer demonstrated its new smart TV system at CES, which includes a refreshed “smart hub” and new remote control

Samsung has unveiled its new Smart TV experience at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The manufacturer revealed a new “smart hub” for its range of connected TVs at the US trade show, which will allow users to access over-the-top services such as Netflix on their home screens.

It will also allow users to switch through different sources of content, such as Blu-Ray players or games consoles, using an integrated platform.

Samsung also took wraps off a new remote control which will allow a user to control multiple external devices connected to the TV, reducing the need for multiple remotes.

“The world of TV is constantly changing, with more choices and more connected devices than ever before, so we have made it easier for people to discover and watch the content they want, when they want,” said Samsung Electronics EVP of visual display business Won Jin Lee.

“In 2016, Samsung’s Smart Hub and Smart Control remote are providing the most streamlined, convenient and intuitive TV user experience. Together, they offer the choices and performance consumers expect from today’s home entertainment technology.”

SmartThings

It also announced plans to connect its range of smart TVs to its recently launched internet of things platform.

Samsung launched its SmartThings IoT platform at IFA last year, but has now revealed that its smart TVs will also connect with the Smart Things hub, allowing a central control for connected devices through their smartphone.

“With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households,” said SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson.

“Applying this technology into current household devices is a major step forwards that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home.”

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