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Samsung unveils its Tizen Smart TV

05 Jan 2015 | Rasmus Larsen |

All of Samsung’s 2015 TVs will use a new Tizen-based Smart TV platform. Samsung is highlighting PlayStation Now, a better app platform and a more user friendly interface.

Yet another new Smart TV platform

Samsung had pretty much confirmed that it would be switching to Tizen but at CES 2015 Samsung is showing the new platform to the world.

Samsung says that the new TVs will feature PlayStation Now game streaming, which allows you to play PS3 and PS2 games without the game console. You just need to connect a Dualshock controller via bluetooth. Another new feature is "Sports Live” that pulls up results and facts next to the game. "Just Dance Now" comes bundled with the TVs and the same is true for Bingo HOME: Race to Earth.

Samsung Tizen Smart TV

The new platform is easy to use, based on small icons are cards that pop up from the bottom of the screen. The Korean manufacturer believes that it is easier than ever to develop apps for its TVs and it hopes that app developers all over the world will give it a try.

- “Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system,” said Won Jin Lee from Samsung.
“Tizen not only enriches the entertainment experience for our customers today, but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment.”

Samsung further explains that it is easy to push video and photos onto the TV screen from a phone or tablet. The Tizen TVs will even be the hub in Samsung’s “Smart Home” plans, suggesting that Samsung has grander plans for its entire eco system.

Only 2015 Smart TVs will come with Tizen and it is still unclear whether owners with older sets will be able to enjoy the new experience by purchasing the Evolution Kit module.

We will receive more information about Tizen and the specific TV models when the CES show floors open on Tuesday. We will also have a chance to take a closer look at Tizen, which in 2015 will take on webOS in LG’s TVs and Android TV in Sony, Philips, and Sharp’s TVs.

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