All Samsung TVs that have a feature called “Internet@TV” have access to the Samsung Apps platform. These TVs have a special menu where users can download games and applications, and access all the apps they have already downloaded. Additionally, there is a handful of “featured” content that are automatically installed and promoted at the top of the Internet@TV menu.
At the moment, all apps are free. However, Samsung intends to set up a digital payment infrastructure sometime later this summer, allowing developers to create premium apps in the same vein as Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market.
Users can create their own accounts on the TV, and each user can customize his or her own selection of apps, and can also link their TV accounts to their accounts on Facebook, YouTube, etc., to make it easier to access relevant content.
Apps range from simple casual games to social networking apps and online video services. Because it is new and still for a niche market, it’s difficult to find a lot of info on these apps, and even Samsung’s own Web site is outdated, so we have tested out every single app and game available and are posting our initial impressions and descriptions of them here, in the only comprehensive Samsung TV Apps article you’ll find.
As a side note, much of Samsung’s promotional material advertises Monopoly as one of the headlining games available on Samsung Apps. However, on the UN46C8000 3D LED set that we tried out, one of the company’s newest sets available, Monopoly was nowhere to be found. A request to Samsung for comment on this discrepancy was not returned.