CES 2016: How smart are smart TVs?

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CES 2016: How smart are smart TVs?

A man checks out Samsung SUHD TVs at CES International in Las Vegas.

A new social feature allows four Samsung smartphones to share content on one TV at the same time, and TV owners can even use their Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch to control the TV.

However Samsung also had a booth at CES called the Future TV Zone which basically shows off some of their concepts of what TVs in the future could look like, and one of those concepts involves modular TVs.

A fully automated home is still years away, but the building blocks are already here: the phone that turns on the coffee maker from the bedroom, the thermostat that controls the lights when you're away, the window shades that lift when you say "good morning".

The company also revealed plans to offer its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player in 2016.

In the United States, Samsung has also partnered with MasterCard to offer a seamless online shopping experience through the Family Hub Refrigerator. Consumers can also connect Samsung's new Ultra HD Blu-ray Player via HDMI (2.0a) for access to UHD movies with HDR. This allows controlling things like IP-based in-home cameras, smart thermostats and smart lights through a user-interface on the TV screen. The UBD-K8500's built-in upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs, and consumers can also play CDs.

As reported prior to the show, all of Samsung's SUHD TVs this year will act as smart home hubs, controlling a wide range of smart home automation devices from Samsung and other compatible manufacturers. It features a sleek, curved front design, and is available for pre-order now and for purchase in the U.S.in March 2016.

Connected Entertainment: With the Family Hub Refrigerator's built-in stereo speakers, people can stream their favorite music service, or TV content from their Samsung Smart TVs directly to the touchscreen, as well as connecting to their own Bluetooth speakers.

In addition, Samsung unveiled a brand new mobile product category with the announcement of its Galaxy TabPro S, which combines Samsung's world-class technology and Microsoft Windows 10 into a premium tablet. It also features a full-size keyboard and touchpad, and a flexible hinge that enables optimal, dual-angle viewing for the clearest display in any circumstances. The company has also improved its quantum dot technology and blue LED backlighting system to produce up to a 20 percent boost in light output. Samsung is continuously expanding its design partnerships with industry icons, as part of its commitment to offering consumers ever greater choice for a more personalized wearable experience.

Samsung said it is also expanding the features and functionality of its Tizen-based TVs in 2016, bringing a wider selection of games, including more sophisticated titles to the TVs.

 

 

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