Samsung in Smart TV partnership with Spotify, unveils video hub
By Digital News Asia December 3, 2013
- Spotify app optimised for its Smart TVs, says Samsung
- Video Hub to provide movies and TV series
SAMSUNG Malaysia Electronics Sdn Bhd has announced a partnership with music streaming service provider Spotify as well as the availability of the new Samsung Video Hub, a portal providing consumers access to a wide selection of on-demand movies on its Smart TV.
The Spotify move comes about a week after the company announced a similar partnership with Yahoo! to provide news headlines and weather updates on its NewsON portal.
“In line with our goal to offer more new content and services through Samsung Smart TVs, Spotify and Samsung Video Hub present access to a database of movies and music,” said Samsung Malaysia Electronics managing director Kwon Jae Hoon.
“This partnership with Spotify is an important milestone for the area of home entertainment. Consumers will enjoy an extensive range of entertainment media through the Spotify application and Samsung Smart TV on-demand,” he added.
Spotify offers on-demand access to over 20 million songs, with the option to search by song title, album or favourite artist. The app also automatically recommends the most popular music by region, and users can create and add new songs to playlists and subscribe to those of other members, Samsung said in a statement.
The Spotify app has now been optimised for Samsung Smart TVs, enabling users to listen to their favourite music directly from their TVs, the company added.
Spotify is now available for download on Samsung Apps for Smart TV at a monthly subscription of RM14.90. New users can visit www.spotify.com/samsung to register for a trial and experience Spotify Premium for 30 days, completely free, and it will be included for all existing Spotify Premium users with a Samsung Smart TV.
Samsung also announced its Video Hub, which it said was best viewed with the latest Samsung UHD TVs, offering consumers the choice of purchasing or renting a wide selection of on-demand movies from current blockbusters to timeless classics, as well as TV series.
Users can stream or download a video on Samsung Video Hub and choose to watch it across multiple Samsung devices from Smart TVs to GALAXY smartphones and tablets registered with the same Samsung account.
Samsung said its UHD TVs boast its proprietary Quadmatic Picture Engine that comes with four-step up-scaling technology to automatically detect and up-convert HD (high definition) and Full HD to Ultra HD details.
They also feature quad-core processor for consumers to enjoy true multitasking capabilities between content and apps.
The Samsung UHD TV 85” S9 retails at RM119,999 while the F9000 65” UHD TV is retailing at RM22,999 and the F9000 55” UHD TV at RM15,999. [RM1 = US$0.31]
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