Today, Samsung has announced that it will launch three new Tizen Smart TV services at CES 2017, which is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new services will be Sports, Music, and TV Plus that will offer consumers personalized content based on their TV preferences through Samsung’s Smart Hub platform.
Smart TVs also need a smart User Interface (UI) and that is exactly what it looks like we will be getting at CES 2017. The new Samsung Sports service will have the ability to provide sports fans with information on when their favourite teams are playing, relevant scores, and where they can see all the action, on one customisable sports UI. This service will also be expanded in the future with content partners such as NBC Sports, UFC and more.
Music holds a special place in our lives, and it will have a special home on your TV now. The Samsung ‘Music’ service allows consumers to easily search and identify songs that might be playing on live TV or from recorded TV programs, a Shazam for the big screen if you will. You will also get recommendations on new music as part of the 'Preview’ section of Smart Hub’s user interface. The service currently offers content from eight music app partners including Spotify, iHeartRadio, Napster, Deezer, Sirius XM, Vevo, Melon and Bugs. The service will be available starting in France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S.
Next up, we have the Samsung 'TV Plus’ service, which will offer IP-based channels focused on premium content services through a new Smart Electronic Program Guide (EPG) solution. This service first launched in South East Asia, and is now also available in the U.S., and will be available in Europe in April, 2017. Samsung will partner with Fandango and Rakuten to provide premium T-VOD content in the U.S. and Europe, respectively, and with Funke to A-VOD content in Germany.
You can catch the Samsung Smart TV at CES 2017, from January 5 through January 9, 2017 in Las Vegas.