Big Pond TV, Plus7, The Wiggles: Samsung grabs a slew of new apps as the content battle intensifies.
Its Smart TV app menu will soon boast five new smart apps-offering on-demand services from BigPond Movies, TV and Sport, Wiggle Time TV, PLUS7 and even a Music Hub.
But its not just on your web enabled Smart TV or LED (2010/11 range) – these content apps can be used on “select” Galaxy smartphones (S,S II, W, Note), Tabs (Galaxy 7.0, 8.9,10.1) and Blu-ray home theatre systems.
The massive Telstra BigPond app offers Movies, TV and Sport, lets viewers watch free to air and “internet-exclusive” content.
You download movies from BigPond Movies and watch seven BigPond TV internet channels including: Sport, Music, News, V8 Supercars, Horse Racing, AFL and NRL channels.
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The app also boasts electronic program information to see upcoming programs and will soon have features like setting reminders, pausing and recording TV shows.
The Plus 7 app has catch-up episodes from channel Seven, 7mate including shows like My Kitchen Rules, Border Security, 30 Rock and Better Homes and Garden. You can also watch full length catch-up episodes from Seven channels and other “content partners.”
However, don’t rush to your Samsung device just yet – these apps are all set to hit screens in the coming months, with no precise release date given.
And for music lovers, Samsung’s subscription based Music Hub offers access to millions of tracks and music videos, which can be streamed in high quality HD (720p) with an average of 40 new videos added per week.
A mobile subscription to Music Hub will set you back $10 per month, while premium service costs $15 pm.
Quickflix on-demand movies are also coming to Samsung devices – showing “hundreds” of movies and TV shows from studios such as HBO, NBC Universal, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures and MGM for $14.99 per month (plus $12.99 joining fee). New releases will cost $5.99 and up, each.
And not forgetting the kids, Wiggle Time TV’s app including The Wiggles, Dorothy The Dinosaur, Baby Antonio’s Circus and Kingdom of Paramithi plus The Adventures of Gracie Lou and Five Minutes More, costing $4.95.
According to Samsung Australia, Smart TVs are now seen as one of the most desired technologies among Aussies.
“Samsung is delivering easy access to a wide range of content and applications from the comfort of the lounge room.
“We’ve worked closely with a variety of leading content providers to enable consumers to stream thousands of music videos, a wide range of Hollywood movies, and TV shows direct to their compatible Samsung Smart TVs,” said Evan Manolis, Group Manager – AV, Samsung Australia.
Samsung Apps store is the world’s first HDTV-based application store with 1,400 global apps with an average daily downloads of 50,000 worldwide.
Over fifteen million apps have already been downloaded globally since the store first opened in February 2010.