The newest trend in television, connected or “Smart” TV, is becoming more and more popular. With features like custom programming, streaming content, web browsing, and applications – it’s easy to see why more and more families are making a Smart TV the center of the entertainment system. These connected televisions run off what’s called “IPTV” or Internet Protocol Television, but what does that mean? (more…)
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With the exception of bringing those chicken and bean burritos from Paula Dean’s kitchen to your lap, Samsung’s line of 2012 Smart TVs do just about everything else. Their stunning resolution and wealth of innovative smart features will turn any room into the smartest room in the house capable of entertaining and educating your kids, and keeping you in shape at the same time.
Let’s start with the bread and butter of a good television—the picture. Full 1080p (1920×1080) resolution and sky-high refresh rates display a picture so crystal clear, it may even be better than the real thing. Samsung’s “Wide Color Enhancer Plus” ensures that you see the complete range of colors as the director intended you too. Images are full and vibrant, but remain natural.
Ok, so we have the incredible picture, but what about that pesky motion blur? Not a problem, Samsung’s series of panel processing advancements has achieved a Clear Motion Rate (CMR) of 120, ensuring that each and every flawless image stays that way, no matter how fast it moves across the screen.
So it looks amazing…Don’t all Samsungs? Good point. However, the Smart TV functions on these bad boys take your experience to the next level. The built-in Wi-Fi empowers you to stream the content you crave from providers like Hulu™, Vudu™, Youtube™, and Netflix™. You can find new addictions, and rediscover old ones with features that handpick content based on your likes.
Never again do you have to sit and watch The Bachelor alone (Ben & Jerry don’t count as “company”); Share the entire experience with complete Facebook and Twitter integration through Samsung Social TV. Enjoy the benefits of a full web browser while you shop, chat, or even Skype. Thousands of applications can be explored and enjoyed with Samsung Apps and managed through Samsung’s intuitive Smart Hub.
Upload media (even from a mobile device) and keep the family up-to-date with message boards, real-time chat and calendars through Family Story, while entertainment and education are fused into Kids Story. Kid-friendly programming and engaging games will keep them learning, and more importantly, entertained.
Samsung alleviates that lazy-stigma from channel surfing with the new Fitness feature. You can maintain a healthy lifestyle by exercising at home with video on-demand service and even manage your workout history. Download the mobile “Exercise App” so you can track your progress and share your achievements with friends.
The AllShare™ Play feature connects your TV to any compatible device (like a PC), wirelessly allowing you to share movies, photos, music, and more. You can even access and share content when not at home using the breakthrough cloud technology.
Finally, the kicker, a Search All feature lets you quickly search for web content related to the program you’re watching, or access other features like VOD, Apps, and social networking services. Where was this movie filmed? How heavy is that Blue Whale? The answers are just a few clicks away. Users can even search through USB drives connected through ConnectShare for their own content.
Another familiar face at CES is LG, who are showing off smart tech – a clothes manager that can steam from the inside and pull the wrinkles out of your clothes, cloud gaming technology, and smart TV’s that will allow you to pretty much be hands-on with every video and photo you own.
According to a new survey from Parks Associates, 20% of all U.S. households intend to purchase a new flat-panel television by the end of the year. The majority of those potential TV buyers are looking to purchase an internet TV over a 3D TV. “It’s definitely a reflection of consumer sentiment today that is much more highly geared towards connectivity and its practical benefit; that is, greater access to content through services such as Netflix and others,” says Kurt Scherf, VP of Parks Associates.
However, with the two technologies more commonly being combined, people are interested in getting more bang for their buck. Steve Pawlak from Abt Web Sales mentions, “People are calling more about 3D, but asking if it’s Wi-fi capable at the same time.”
While flat-panel TV sales continue to grow, specific features are really up to the individual customer. What do you prefer? Internet TV or a 3D TV, or both?