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HDTV With Dozens of Apps, Reviewed

HDTV With Dozens of Apps, Reviewed
Samsung TV Apps: We Review Every Single One

At the turn of the century, HDTV was just beginning to make a substantial mark in the world of consumer electronics. Since then, there has not really been a revolution in TV technology, just the occasional incremental upgrade, until now. 3D TV is now here and is poised to make an exponentially-growing splash in the market, and alongside that, manufacturers are really tuning into Internet content directly from the TV without any sort of external set-top box, PC connection, or storage device.

One of the leaders in this arena is Samsung. It began to roll out Internet-compatible TVs a couple years ago, but only a very few gave it a second look. However, 2010 is a milestone year for the industry with a lot of fundamental changes happening, and the idea of Internet-connected TV sets is becoming popular among consumers and TV makers.

Samsung has its own dedicated TV apps platform, Samsung Apps. It is available on most of its high-end HD sets, including all of its 3D TVs and offers the promise of an expanding collection of downloadable apps. The company wants Samsung Apps to be its version of Apple’s App Store. It has a long way to get there, of course, and it’s probably a bit bold to go after that kind of design, but it shows Samsung’s dedication to making the TV itself a full-blown entertainment device.

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    KingArcher , July 8, 2010 12:22 AM
    I now know which is gonna be my next TV
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    bradlei , July 9, 2010 4:59 AM
    y do these sort of articles never work with chrome zooming?? always cuts the text and pic :( 
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    shloader , July 12, 2010 3:26 AM
    Yeah... Seen the new Samsungs in the stores. Pretty damn nifty. My grandfather wants one because of Netflix. Something for everyone on these TVs.
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    jalek , July 13, 2010 8:47 AM
    Panasonic had this last year on theirs, but it was just apps like Amazon On-Demand, Youtube, and some news apps. It does have room for lots more, maybe with Samsung competition, they'll add a few.
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    eloric , July 13, 2010 7:57 PM
    wow, looks like the last half of this article was for games not worth downloading. Couldn't you have just had maybe one picture to summarize all the useless stuff?
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    melangex3 , August 3, 2010 3:02 PM
    I actually use the Rovi listing and find it very useful because with basic cable, I still get all of the unscrambled digital channels (9 SDTV and 4 HDTV)but don't get much programming information without a digital cable box. Hey, for $15/month, I get 13 usable channels that repeat in digital as well and use the $9/month netflix for everything else. For what I saved on not getting HD cable, I was able to buy a new 40" Samsung after 1 year.
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2010 12:30 AM
    A lot of the app's are so biased against half of the population, that is liberal biased organizations. That half wouldn't won't to use them because that would financially supporting organizations that they are in direct opposition of i.e. google, USA today, etc. It's a good idea, but just another computer in a tv. Wonder what needs [cost] to be replaced when it breaks? The whole thing?
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2010 2:13 PM
    Thumbs down for Facebook App on Samsung T.V. There should have been a wireless / wired keyboard port. Using the remote is cumbersome and fustrating.
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    Anonymous , September 10, 2011 7:35 AM
    As is usually the case, Samsung ( perhaps the manufacturer of the best TV's in the world) gets their TV's involved with WWW Interaction and FALLS FLAT ON IT'S FACE, and is BURIED DEEP IN THE DIRT.

    In my humble opinion, the SMART HUB APPS severely reduces the value of the SAMSUNG UN55D7000 that I purchased in Sep 2011 with Aug 13 2011 firmware. Why oh why can't Samsung integrate FIREFOX or CHROME into it's TV's? Wouldn't that just make life easy for everyone? And, why is the data transfer for S L O . . . . . . . .W? Samsung would have been better off to SKIP ALL NON TV FEATURES and provide a simple wireless PC to TV remote.

    Seriously, the apps are intolerably s l o w.

    Maybe the interface was entirely written overseas, because it is hard for me to believe USA programmers would have put up with this kind of poor quality software....it is even worse then most things Microsoft makes.

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