Samsung Amps Up 2013 TV Offerings With S-Recommendation And Gesture-Control

  • Smart Hub
  • S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction
  • 'T-Commerce' function

Samsung is stepping it up a notch at CES this year as it focuses on its new TV offerings- pumping up its lineup with features such as new Smart Hub, S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction, and enhanced content connectivity; supporte

  • Smart Hub
  • S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction
  • 'T-Commerce' function

Samsung is stepping it up a notch at CES this year as it focuses on its new TV offerings- pumping up its lineup with features such as new Smart Hub, S-Recommendation with Voice Interaction, and enhanced content connectivity; supported by superior picture quality in larger screens.

 “As the plethora of apps and content grow, consumers are faced with the overwhelming challenge of discovering quality content that appeals to their interests. They are looking for ways to experience converged content, and they want to do it easily,” said Kim Hyun-Suk, Executive Vice President and Head of Visual Display business at Samsung Electronics. “We have simplified the process with TVs that offer more intuitive features, endless connectivity and content options, and larger screen sizes with true-to-life picture quality. Consumers can now enjoy the ultimate lean back experience, which is richer and easier than ever before.”

One of the most exciting unveilings was Samsung S-Recommendation, the voice recognition software that will come loaded with all Samsung 2013 TVs.  It's like Siri for your TV.You can ask questions and it will reply, suggesting relevant programmes based on your viewing habits. 

 S-Recommendation is integrated into entirely new SmartHub software, which is the first thing you will see when you start up the TV. It's organised into five panels that allow you to easily switch between on-air TV, stored photos, music and video, apps and social media (it supports Skype and has a panel for trending videos from your social networks).

New TVs from Samsung will recognize an expanded range of gestures so people can swipe through on-screen menus in a way that revolutionizes the old remote control. The new lineup of smart TVs respond to more natural speech and motion, similar to the way the Kinect controller on an Xbox 360 game console allows users to swipe through menus by gesturing in the air. The camera is mounted on top of the screen and can be folded back for people concerned about privacy.

Moreover, SmartHub now analyses your viewing patterns and suggests content depending on the time of day. If you like to watch the news before work and football at 4pm on a Sunday, your TV will be one step ahead of the game.

Search functions also span Web video apps and live TV, meaning that searches of a show will inform viewers if and when an episode is available on live TV, or if it's available through an app such as Netflix.

There is also the new 'T-Commerce' function, which will turn your favourite TV shows into shopping sessions. If you like a jacket being worn by Brody in Homeland, a link to purchase will flash up.

And since you can also play some games on its new smart TVs, the new sets from Samsung are acting more and more like mobile computing devices with an extra-large screen.

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