Apparently having taken notice of Apple’s successful “There’s an App for that” campaign, Samsung announced its own App store at CES 2010.
Users can download applications for a variety of connected devices, including HDTVs, Blu-ray players and mobile phones.
The service is already available in England, France and Italy and will expand to approximately 50 countries in 2010.
Content partners on current connected devices include Netflix, Pandora and YouTube, and offerings will be expanded with the likes of Rovi, Travel Channel, USA Today, AccuWeather and Picasa.
The service will launch in the spring on Samsung connected televisions and will follow on Blu-ray players. An open software developer’s kit is available allowing partners to create their own apps.
As expected, 3D commanded a lot of attention at Samsung’s press conference. The company claims it offers the first “complete 3D home ecosystem,” meaning that they have in their product portfolio 3D capable TVs, Blu-ray players, home theater kit systems and active LCD shutter glasses to complete the package.
Samsung showed three new LED TV lines. The flagship LED9000 Series is 3D ready and is only 0.3 inches thick (the width of a standard pencil.) The TV’s remote includes an LCD display capable of showing a separate live TV channel.
Samsung says it can convert 2D to 3D in real time. This may not be a perfect solution, but it may help bridge the third dimension gap until more 3D content is available.
The LED8000 Series includes a new feature for producing deeper blacks, while the LED7000 Series has a new light olive Touch of Color called Mystic Earth.
An ultra slim 1.4 inch thick 3D plasma TV was also shown.
To help support the adoption of 3D into the home, Samsung is working with content partners Dreamworks and Technicolor as well as broadcasters. During the press conference, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg offered “because of 3D we are at a watershed moment for the entire movie industry.” The Dreamworks movie Monsters vs. Aliens will be the studios first 3D Blu-ray disc.
3D Blu-ray Players
Samsung also announced its first 3D Blu-ray player at CES, the BD-C6900. Not too many details have been released just yet, but the player does offer:
- Built-in WiFi
- Slim design and a transparent cover
- Load time of 15 seconds
- Internet@TV/Samsung Apps for content from Netflix, Pandora, Vudu, Blockbuster, Picasa, and Twitter
Pricing and availability have not been announced.
Samsung also will release this year the BD-C6500, BD-C7500 and low end BD-C5500. No word on prices or dates.
Samsung BD-C6900 3D Blu-ray Player
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