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Upgraded Internet@TV on Samsung B models (b650)?

by blcam / February 26, 2010 1:56 AM PST

Can anyone confirm if the upgraded Internet@TV with Samsung Apps announced recently will be supported on the previous B models (B650,B750)? I'm in the return period for my B650 and, if it's not going to support these new apps, I'm considering returning it...

Thanks!
Brian

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Upgraded Internet@TV on Samsung B models (b650)?
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / February 26, 2010 9:02 AM PST

blcam,

The Samsung Apps for the 2010 models will not be backwards supported on the 2009 models. I appreciate the question, and I hope you can appreciate the candid answer. I want you to have what makes you happiest.

--HDTech

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really?
by VeauX / February 27, 2010 2:48 AM PST

so that's unbelievable... so I have a 2009 model LN40B650 since november which is obsolete already... this is just great...

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Disgrace
by Djspiceuk / May 5, 2010 12:11 AM PDT
In reply to: really?

Shame on samsung I too bought a b650 tv thinking it was future proof only to find out it's been dropped for a new updated platform with no word on if the firmware can be updated to support 2010 Internet tv. Does samsung think we have the Money to buy a new tv set every year it's a joke I would advise a anybody Reading this not to buy a samsung telly they will not hesitate to dump you on the junk heap after 1 year .your telly is useless after this.

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Disgrace
by Samsung_HD_Tech Samsung staff / May 5, 2010 2:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Disgrace

Djspiceuk,

The new features require more advanced hardware than what the 2009 models had. Progress and new features require more than what was available on the 2009 models.

The Samsung Apps features are also available on many 2010 models of Blu-Ray players, so the features are still available for other TVs, including those made by other manufacturers.

http://www.samsung.com/us/samsungapps/Samsung_Apps.pdf

I understand the point of view you bring up, and it's valid. But I hope you can see that sometimes progress isn't always backwards compatible.

--HDTech

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Samsung Apps from 2010 are already running on 2009 TVs!
by dmitskevich / September 14, 2010 11:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Disgrace

"The new features require more advanced hardware than what the 2009 models had"

How do you explain then, why YouTube App is running fine on my B650 TV? Picasa Web albums are also running fine. Twitter is also fine.

Please Compare:

this is Samsung Apps for 2010 TVs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mKP22QOwtU

and this is also Samsung Apps running on 2009 TV(!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQHkR6gvX28

The progress bars, the dialogs, user agreement, YouTube, Picasa, Twitter - they all are the same. Se same platform, the same software are running on 2009 and on 2010 TVs! The only difference is, that on 2009 TVs we don't have SamsungApps store. Why you don't want to give it to us?

(check out the following document about how to get NOT Yahoo TV Widgets BUT Samsung Apps on your 2009 TV: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1itXEqPZvlEHyMG6hZuqAzZNpAboCdEozDnLauEROiv8)

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Samsung apps for '09
by yenic / September 15, 2010 5:17 AM PDT

I really wish Samsung were a little more candid in replying to this question. There are many devices out there, such as the first WD Live TV boxes that did not have Netflix support, but the newer models do.

This is due to required copy protection hardware by Netflix. I have a PN50B650, and this is my understanding why we don't have Netflix (most people's primary concern). I believe they'd upgrade the '09 models if they could.

Sometimes, you get what you pay for at the time. If it wasn't advertised to have Netflix explicitly, then there's no reasonable expectation it will. I was hoping so, but it's really not that big of a deal. I needed a TV when the '09 models were here, and so I bought then. My PLASMA is amazing and can't say I have any regrets, their scaling chips are great and SD is now watchable again in the age of HD.

I'm fairly certain I'm correct in the reason behind no Netflix, and thus I will buy Samsung again. In '09 only the LG's had Netflix support, anyone who needed that functionality for sure should have bought one of those.

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