Las Vegas – Samsung said Friday that all of its Smart TVs for 2015 will include a new platform built around the Tizen operating system.
Tizen is a standardized open-source platform that allows developers to easily create compatible content and helps users easily access online content.
“Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a ground-breaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system,” stated Won Jin Lee, Samsung visual display business executive VP. “Tizen not only enriches the entertainment experience for our customers today, but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment.”
Samsung said the redesigned Smart Hub is displayed on one screen, enabling easy navigation and quick access. Users will find easy access to content, with the first screen displaying the most recently viewed content and tailored content recommendations. It also has optimized four-direction control, which Samsung describes as being both playful and responsive.
Another important update to the system is how easily the TV now syncs with other devices. Using Wi-Fi Direct, content is seamlessly shared from a mobile device to a TV and vice-versa with one click.
With Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), Samsung’s Smart TV software automatically searches for Samsung mobile devices nearby and connects to them to provide a multi-screen experience with access to entertainment across multiple compatible devices. Users can also watch live broadcasts or TV on their mobile devices, anywhere on their home network, even when the TV is powered off.
Samsung said the new platform allows access to content from multiple devices through key partnerships including:
• Samsung Sports Live allows users to watch live games while simultaneously checking team and player stats on the same screen. Samsung has also partnered with global games companies for a large and varied games catalogue.
• The PlayStation Now cloud-streaming game service available in North America offers PlayStation gaming on Samsung Smart TVs with no PlayStation console needed. With PlayStation Now on Samsung Smart TVs, users can play hundreds of PlayStation 3 games by pairing their TVs with DualShock 4 controllers.
• Ubisofts “Just Dance Now” game is available globally on Samsung Smart TVs, enabling users to play and dance in front of the TV using the Samsung Smart Remote and Samsung mobile devices. The game supports multiple players, so even more friends and family can join in the fun.
• DreamWorks Animation’s “Bingo HOME: Race to Earth” game from the new DreamWorks Animation movie “HOME” will be available featuring progressive bingo that includes casual, shared gaming on the TV and smart devices already found in the home. The technology is a new innovative eco-system pioneered by Samsung and Yahoo for multi-screen interaction in the living room.
• Samsung’s Milk Video curates the most popular and interesting video clips from websites to give users access to premium content from a growing list of almost 50 content partners. To help users discover even more fun content, Samsung’s On TV feature helps users discover new content easily with intuitive recommendations.
Samsung said the Tizen platform “allows Samsung Smart TVs to become part of a much larger content ecosystem, and allows easy collaboration with diverse partners for ultimate flexibility and unparalleled access.”