Samsung has confirmed that their new Smart TVs which are set to be launched in Australia in April are now in production and will include 3D capability and new social networking capabilities including access to Facebook.Among the Smart TV models set to be launched will be a 46-inch and 55-inch model.
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The new Smart TV range, is part of Samsung’s attempt to grab a larger share of the growing IPTV market, with the Korean company aiming to sell 12 million smart TVs this year globally while growing their overall share of the Australian domestic market by 10%.
Samsung has also confirmed that they plan to launch a “3D Video-on-Demand service” starting later this year which will allow viewers to gain access to full HD 3D versions of around 50 videos.
The new TV line up line features a “smart hub” function that allows viewers to use social networking services and search online portals, Samsung said.
By using the “smart search” function, users can easily find movie and music files saved in nearby digital devices such as their mobile phones or desktop computers, according to the company.
Samsung claimed more than half of the 3D TV market last year in the U.S. and Europe at 62.9 percent and 56.4 percent, respectively, according to industry data. They were also #1 in Australia.
Samsung earlier said it expects sales of its flat-screen TVs to reach 45 million to 50 million units this year, which includes 10 million 3D TVs.