CES 2013: Samsung 2013 Smart TV Suite
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CES 2013: Samsung 2013 Smart TV Suite3:28 /
David Katzmaier demonstrates the latest iteration of Samsung's Smart TV software and the new touch based remote control.
-Hi. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET. I'm with Samsung's new 2013 Smart TV. This Smart TV Suite will be featured in all of the company's smart television. This is the high-end model behind me with a new touchpad remote. I'm gonna go through the features of this smart television experience. When you first press the smart hub menu which is through the main menu button on the television, you get this screen behind me which is a recommendation screen. It's kinda designed around the channel surfing experience. You can see you got your live TV right there. You've also got along the side on the right a list of programs that the recommendation engine realizes that you might wanna watch and actually tells you how much is left in each of those programs. Along the bottom, we have upcoming shows that were kinda looks at all the programs that are available on your cable box and it can use any sort of cable service. You just put in your zip code and figure out what cable service or satellite service you're using. It can use that and control your cable box to go to those channels and recommend stuffs. Kind of on the fly depending on what other things you might wanna watch. Now, I'm gonna jump to the next screen here. You can see, it's a little like a smart phone it scrolls on screen to screen. On this one is the video on demand services which include Netflix, Blockbuster and a couple of other Samsung's partners. You can actually use this screen to choose from a bunch of different view on demand services. And again, it looks at the past and recommends new things down there. So at the bottom you have favorites, featured movies, TV shows-- all these things are categorized, sort of a cross platform search for all those videos in demand services-- again a pretty unique service compare to other Smart TV things out there. Onto the next screen, you have all of the local content and also the DLNA, this content from your All Share, all of these devices they can bring together your music, photos and video under one screen that's files and [unk] stuff that could be stream from around the home or via media plugged in to the TV itself. Now true to smartphone form, the next screen, the fourth on the list is the social screen. If you're on Twitter, Facebook or Youtube, any of the social networking services you can get that stuff right on the screen. You can also tweet from the TV itself, and that's a lot easier if you buy Samsung's optional keyboard. Of course that doesn't come with the TV itself. If you want to do some quick tweets, you can do that using a virtual keyboard built in to the TV itself. And finally, there's the app screen. Last year we called Samsung's apps selection the most comprehensive available. That's still gonna be the case in 2013. It has more than 2,800 apps available. You can organize them to your heart's content. Dump it into my apps, the one that Samsung thinks you might use the most app recommended so you could choose from any of these apps and also download all bunch of new apps to the TV itself. Finally, we'll talk about the remote. This is Samsung's re-designed touchpad remote. I can tell already, it's a lot more sensitive than last year's model which was the big problem. This has a lot fewer buttons than the typical remote control. Samsung does not include the multi-button remote unlike last year. You gotta use this thing that's actually a little bit easier to use when we found the pass. It's very sensitive. You can use these scroll bars on the side to help navigate and also dedicated keys for channel and volume. You're gonna have to call up a special menu for searching and adding in channel numbers [unk]. Also a couple of other functions that required these on screen menus so there's a little bit straight up in functionality. But on the whole it's really nice if you like to use this thing especially for the web browser and a lot of other Smart TV functions. This is included on that 7500 Series and up as well as the 8000 plasma. Also, if you have a 2012 Samsung TV and you pay for the evolution kit, you're gonna get one of these remotes in the box. So that will allow you to upgrade the TV completely to include brand new [unk] this new Smart TV system and the remote. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET. That's a quick look at Samsung's 2013 Smart TV Suite.