Samsung Electronics recently announced the availability of the Samsung Smart Media Player. With this device you can make any TV into a Smart TV using Samsung’s Smart Hub Interface. This adds to Samsung’s line of Smart Media players, last week they announced the HomeSync Media Hub.
With our new Samsung Smart Media Player, we’re providing consumers with an all-in-one solution that makes the TV-watching experience ‘smarter. This great product brings the Samsung Smart TV experience to any digital TV, giving customers a seamless home entertainment experience that combines live cable content and Smart TV applications all in one device. – Jim Kiczek, Director of Digital Audio and Video at Samsung Electronics America
Inside the box
The Smart Media Player comes pre-installed with more than 100 Smart Apps including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU and YouTube. This gives you many choices, besides video, for entertainment such as games, news and social sites like Facebook and Twitter.
S-Recommend is also included. S-Recommend a Samsung app that provides suggestions on what to watch based on your viewing habits. S-Recommend becomes smarter the more you use it and will even queue up shows for you to watch it thinks you might find interesting.
Also included is AllShare, this app allows you to share your content between your Smart Phone, Tablet and the Player. Another included feature is Screen Mirroring. This feature allows you to project the screen on your compatible tablet or smart phone to your big screen TV.
The Samsung Smart Media Player (GX-SM530CF), will be on sale starting October 23rd and the retail price will be $149.99.
Cable television and the Internet are high cost items for many families, but are they a necessity or a dispensable luxury? Do families really need both or can they get by with one or none? When it comes to cable TV, many businesses and families are pondering cutting the cord, either due to dissatisfaction with offerings and price or due to the expanding field of alternatives. With the Internet, the converse is true with businesses and homes getting more wired
The Cons of Cable Television
It is no wonder that DVD sales are at an all time low when people can watch movies for free online. Added to that there are also file sharing sites that allow people to watch movies before they even leave the cinema. It is a dark age for the silvery screen. But, if you cannot stop the river from flowing, you may as well hop on board and go with the flow. Below are ten websites that will allow you to watch movies for free (so long as you have an Internet connection). The list is in no particular order. Read more!
Editors Note: The topic of this article, while not specifically related to Home Theaters, reports on new technology that will have an impact on those who live beyond the reach of over-the-air stations and cable providers. The Conch Tech does cover ‘cordcutters’ and they are the one’s who could directly benefit from this technology. Read on …
Internet access brings many things to many people. This includes enhanced access to information, global communications, entertainment and education.
However, not everyone has good internet access. Nearly 19 million people have no access to high speed internet in the United States as of 2012. Obviously, this is even worse in the developing world. As of in 2012, only 15% of people in Africa have access to the internet at all. Read more!
There can be little doubt that cable television brings a lot of entertainment into our lives and living rooms. But what happens when you realize that you need to cut down on your outgoings? There is a recession currently affecting pretty much every country in the Western world, and ours is no exception. In order to make ends meet, we need to look at what our monthly outgoings involve. Cable television is not really a luxury in the truest sense of the word, but it can be replaced by another option – Internet streaming media. Millions of people have chosen this route and it is certainly an attractive option. But before you join the droves of ex-cable devotees, you should consider the points made in this article. Read more!
More and more people are looking for ways to make everything portable.
With technology at your fingertips, it essentially puts your entire world into the palm of your hand. The viewing capability of today’s devices has made the sound and picture quality excellent, while 3G and 4G speeds make streaming an actual possibility. One arena in the world of mobile applications is the emergence of cable TV streaming apps.
Many apps tout that you can stream all of your favorite cable TV shows right to your phone, tablet, or computer. The claims often state that they can save you money from your home cable TV costs, however, care should be taken when reading these claims. There is more to it than simply downloading the app and watching. In many cases, the app goes hand in hand with your cable TV service provider, so make sure you choose the right TV service for viewing. So before you download your streaming app, be sure to consider the following: Read more!
In a time where online streaming may soon best traditional cable, more and more companies are positioning themselves as leaders within the entertainment community. From TV networks that house their own shows, to outlets that charge a monthly fee, many viewers are now heading online to get in their TV viewing time.
But the fact still remains: which streaming mogul is better? Netflix or Hulu? By comparing side-by-side features, we’ll size up who offers what, and what consumers are getting for the price.
What they Offer
For those who don’t know, Netflix provides two different services: DVD rental (via snail mail) and online streaming. Each costs users $8 a month, and comes with unlimited use. As for the selection, thousands of movies and TV shows are offered, all of which are regularly updated. There’s a “recently added” section so users can separate out what’s new; streaming from DVD-only content are also separate. Read more!
Technology makes modern life more convenient than ever before. New cell phones make communication easy. The Internet provides a venue for the instant spread of information and other content. Laptops, TV’s and other electronic devices are constantly finding ways to improve and make our lives more comfortable. One of the recent trends in technological innovation is home automation. In short, home automation centralizes control of your home functions, allowing you to control security, lighting, temperature and even entertainment right from your smartphone or tablet. In 2011 alone, about 1 million home automation systems were sold in North America.
The way people consume movies and listen to music is constantly evolving. The following are reasons why home automation may be the next big step for entertainment junkies.
Streaming is Taking Over
For movies and TV as well as music, everything is going digital. The days are almost over when people got out of their chair to put in a DVD or put a CD into a record player. Instead, most people are streaming movies off services like NetFlix or listening to music on Spotify. Read more!
Wikipedia defines a Smart TV as any TV capable of using the Internet to provide interactive media content to the viewer. But, did you know they were also Smart DVD players? That’s right, many new Blu-ray DVD players and Home Theaters can use the Internet to provide the same content streaming video, music, pictures, news, weather, sports and downloadable apps as you find on a Smart TV and show it on any TV.
What should you look for?
Stream TV and Movies directly to your High Definition TV. You can get rid of your Cable or Satellite Provider and still view your favorite shows on any TV. Here are just two of the more popular possibilities.
In my opinion, of the 5 top Smart TV’s out there only the Samsung and LG have a browser worth discussing. Of those two, Samsung seems to have a better browser-based on the fact that the LG browser doesn’t support Flash 10 or HTML5. At the time of this post, if you’re planning on surfing the net using your Smart TV then Samsung is going to be your best choice with LG coming in second.