Samsung to expand smart TV content offerings at IFA

Skype and Need for Speed Most Wanted racing game will be added to the platform's portfolio next month.

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Samsung plans to add a host of services and games to its smart TV portfolio, including Skype and the popular racing game Need for Speed Most Wanted.

The South Korea Electronics giant announced Tuesday that its content expansion would be unveiled next month in Berlin at IFA 2014, Europe's largest consumer electronics trade show. Other games to be made available for free download include Gameloft's Real Football 2014 and Com2us' Golf Star, a realistic golf simulator incorporating real-life physics.

Skype video call services such as group video and full HD video calls will be available for use on 2014 Samsung smart TV models with built-in cameras.

The games can be downloaded through Samsung's Smart TV Games Panel, a user interface unveiled in January at CES that offers an array of games users can play on their TVs. In addition to using the TV's remote control, users can control their games with a variety of other devices, including smartphones.

"At Samsung, the television is more than just a screen -- it is a window to the world, providing new experiences, new discoveries and new possibilities," Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement. "Samsung customers will be able to enjoy even more entertaining and easy-to-use content on the Samsung Smart TV."

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