Smart TVs collect voice commands not conversations, Samsung advises
Personal information overheard by smart TV may be transmitted to third party
Tizen to run on all Samsung smart TVs, offers live broadcast streams to mobile devices
All smart TVs from Samsung shipping in 2015 will use Tizen, the manufacturer has advised. Teased before it is expected to show off its upcoming television range at CES next week, Samsung has revealed the new user interface for its smart TV software, along with a slew of updates also arriving to the living room displays this year.
Roku TV takes software from set-top box for smart TV functions
The first smart televisions running on Roku OS are heading to market. The Roku TV, ranges created by TCL and Hisense originally announced at CES in January, uses similar software to drive its smart TV functionality as the Roku set-top box, giving users a simplified interface and access to a selection of over 1,500 streaming channels offering over 200,000 movies and TV shows.
Tizen smart TV SDK beta release scheduled for July by Samsung
Samsung has demonstrated Tizen running on a smart TV at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco. Used in the recently-announced Samsung Z as well as the Gear 2 smartwatch instead of Android, the Samsung and Intel-developed operating system was operational on the television at the event, giving a hint of what the manufacturer has planned for its expected Tizen smart TV releases slated for later this year.
Samsung Evolution Kit updates UHD televisions from 2013 with 2014 smart TV features
Samsung has unveiled the 2014-edition of its UHD Evolution Kit in South Korea, before a wider global release. Just like last year's version, the Evolution Kit upgrades the 4K-resolution televisions sold by the manufacturer in the previous year, providing owners with access to the company's more-recent smart TV features without buying another television.
Tesco claims 400,000 Hudl sales since September launch
British retailer Tesco has revealed it has sold approximately 400,000 of its Hudl tablets in the United Kingdom. The increase means that Tesco managed to sell around 100,000 of the Android tablets in the holiday sales, having already reported 300,000 sales at the start of December and 35,000 a few days after its launch. The company plans to release an upgraded version later this year.
TCL, Hisense to manufacture TVs with Roku-driven smart functionality
Roku is expanding its reach from Internet-connected set-top boxes into smart televisions. The Roku TV, developed in partnership with television manufacturers TCL and Hisense, will provide all the functionality of its existing streaming video devices but built into the television itself, with the first units set to reach customers and retailers sometime this fall.
Thumbnails to apps span lower third of rumored LG webOS TV
LG may have given webOS a considerable makeover for its expected smart television, if a leaked image of a device is genuine. The image, showing what could be the television LG is believed to be launching at CES next week, appears to demonstrate webOS using a thumbnail system relatively similar to the "cards" the original webOS software itself used.
LG bringing back WebOS with new connected TV
LG will soon resurrect Palm's WebOS platform, refitting the operating system to work on a smart television. This according to The Wall Street Journal , which cites sources familiar with the South Korean tech giant's plans in saying that a WebOS-powered television will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Internet-connected television will be the first major device to feature the WebOS operating system since HP's failed line of mobile devices, which were released after the computer giant bought Palm in an abortive attempt to secure a space for itself in the new generation of mobile computing devices.
CyanogenMod ROM for Oppo N1 available to download
Owners of the standard version of the Oppo N1 are able to download and install the CyanogenMod ROM for the device. The ROM, replacing the ColorOS version of Android offered with the device by default, has been customized to take advantage of some of the built-in hardware, reports Android Central. Support for the rotating camera and the O-Click Bluetooth remote control are included in the ROM, which can be downloaded from the Oppo Forums.
Finger gestures offered for rewinding content, page navigation
Samsung has revealed two updated features to the software in its 2014 range of smart televisions, just like it did last year ahead of CES. The new smart TV software will allow owners to navigate the device using "finger gestures," while the voice interaction system has been upgraded to streamline the navigation process, as well as a refined content search.
Large curved display can show higher-than-4K resolution, uses TFT instead of OLED
LG has revealed two more televisions that it will be showing off at CES in January at the same time as its Ultrawide 4K monitor and the Chromebase all-in-one computer. A television the company calls the world's first 105-inch curved Ultra HD set will make an appearance alongside a smart TV running on WebOS, the operating system the company picked up from HP earlier this year.
BT Wi-Fi app for iOS updates with automatic hotspot connection
UK telecommunications giant BT has updated its BT Wi-Fi app for iOS, allowing customers to automatically connect to supported wireless hotspots. The update, which could head to the Android and Windows Phone versions in the future, will find and connect to public BT Wi-Fi hotspots as well as those created by BT Home Hub routers in more than 5 million subscriber homes, reports The Next Web.
Channel information, file names on storage passed back to LG
Smart TVs from LG are collecting data on the owner's viewing habits and connected devices, and forwarding the information back to base, according to one customer. It is alleged that the data is also being fed back to LG, even if the customer selects an option in the television's software that supposedly prevents it from doing so.
App in testing could lead to pop-ups from advertisers in future
Owners of smart televisions may soon have to contend with interactive pop-up advertising, if one company succeeds. Software created by interactive advertising specialist Visible World for LG smart TVs displays selectable reminders on top of other content, reminding them of when TV shows are about to be broadcast, even if they are playing a game or streaming movies.
New 2.5 version of the SDK expected soon, supporting 4k, HTML5
Smart TV Alliance announced today the next step in its evolution with the launch of a Developer Support Program, enabling application developers to submit Smart TV applications to a single integrated QA process to port applications across Alliance-compliant Smart TVs. The Alliance is also releasing a new software development kit (SDK 2.5) that will enable multi-screen application development and has announced nine new manufacturers and solution providers who have joined the Alliance to further support cross-platform Smart TV applications and services.
Comedy Central, Nickelodeon apps go live on Xbox 360 in US
The Xbox 360 in the United States has received two more entertainment apps offering streaming video. The Comedy Central app provides unlimited access to the CC: Stand-Up library of 6,000 videos, with the Nickelodeon version offering full episodes of shows and animated shorts. Both require a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription, with Nickelodeon also needing a subscription to a relevant TV provider.
BlackSapphire SL screens include passive 3D, XinemaSound 3D audio
JVC has revealed a pair of smart TVs it will be releasing later this summer. The BlackSapphire SL range in 47-inch and 42-inch versions are edge-lit LED HDTVs with an "adaptive backlight," and have a design that not only uses a thin bezel with a slim frame, but is also supplied perched upon a half-pipe television stand.
Cloud gaming added to LG smart TVs, requires extra controller
LG is adding cloud gaming to its latest smart televisions in the United States, thanks to an agreement with Ubitus. In a similar manner to how OnLive and Gaikai operate, GameNow allows various games to be rendered on company servers and streamed to the TV over the Internet, rather than being downloaded and installed onto local storage.
Samsung rolls out new Smart TV apps including FOX NOW, Spotify
Samsung has introduced three new Smart TV apps, with more coming this spring. Samsung Smart TV users now have the option to download FOX NOW, Spotify and Univision’s UVideos, adding to the company’s extensive range of function extending applications. The apps are available for immediate download to Samsung smart-enabled devices including Blu-ray players and certain home entertainment systems.
LG reveals second take on its 27-inch Personal Smart TV
LG has revealed its revamped 27-inch Personal Smart TV MT93. As with the original, the device supports PC inputs over HDMI allowing it to do double duty as both a monitor and TV in rooms where space is at a premium. While the original sported a chrome/silver bezel, the new model sports an ultrathin black bezel while it also incorporates a redesigned stand.
Streaming service agreement varies by region
Streaming music service Deezer has signed new agreements with LG, Toshiba, and Samsung. The deals sees both Samsung and Toshiba smart televisions in various regions receive the app for the first time, while the LG will extend it's existing agreement with Deezer to cover more markets, and onto newer products.
New 4K-capable TVs have 240Hz refresh rate, Theater 3D
Vizio has shown off its lineup of HDTVs for 2013, including a number of large UHD televisions. The new premium-level XVT series, the company's first Ultra High Definition TVs, were shown alongside an enhanced line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs, complete with Video On Demand apps and social features.
Evolution Kit to provide hardware, software upgrade for HDTVs
Samsung is set to reveal a way for owners of televisions in its 2012 range to add features from its upcoming 2013 HDTV catalog. The Evolution Kit, to be fully unveiled at CES next week, will make changes to the way existing smart televisions will work, not only in terms of software, but also by adding more hardware to the TV set.
Updated interface divided into five sections, includes VOD content
Samsung has started to disclose what it will be demonstrating at CES 2013 by detailing its new Smart Hub interface. The new hub for Smart TVs has an updated initial screen design that shows a range of different accessible content divided into sections, in an attempt to make navigating the available content easier for its users.
Also releases iPhone, iPod touch versions of Instant Video
Amazon has released versions of its Cloud Player for Roku set-top boxes and Samsung Smart TVs. The update comes at the same time as apps for Amazon Instant Video became available to download in Apple's App Store for the iPhone and iPod touch, four months after it became available on the iPad.
Specifics of attack held by Malta-based security firm ReVuln
A remote exploit in some models of the Samsung Smart TV has been uncovered by researchers at security researchers-for-hire ReVuln. If unlatched, the security flaw could allow theft of social media credentials loaded into the television, remote copying of drives attached to the television, and also allow remote access of compatible video cameras and microphones attached to the television.
75-inch screen half thickness of others, 0.3-inch bezel
Samsung has put a 75-inch LCD TV up for sale in South Korea. The ES9000, previously mentioned at the Samsung CES press event in January, is a full HD Smart TV with a claimed 30-percent sharper image from the "Diamond Black" panel, with a comparatively thin build and a 0.3-inch bezel featuring a rose-gold appearance.
Users can speak into remote to control TVs
At CES in January, LG previewed its 2012 line of Smart TVs. At the time, the company promised that some time during the year, it would be integrating voice control into its smart sets. LG is now ready to commit to the feature and plans to remotely activate it as of Thursday.
Leading Korean ISP KT set to charge content makers
KT, Korea’s top ISP may set a precedent for charging data-heavy content providers including Google’s YouTube and other Internet-enabled service operators including charging Apple, should it move forward with launching a rumored smart TV and back it up with content delivery services through iTunes and other apps. According to Reuters, while the company already charges heavy-end users for downloading content, they argue that services such as YouTube are ‘free riding’ on ISPs who have to foot the bill for heavy infrastructure investment.
Samsung complains, refuses to negotiate
KT, Korea's largest wire-line operator and Internet services provider, has begun limiting web access to Samsung's Smart TVs. KT took the step a day after it warned Korean TV makers that it could not give Internet-enabled TVs a "free ride" over its network. The service provider wants compensation for the alleged heavy traffic the TVs create, claiming it slows down Internet service to its other customers.
Samsung SDK with paid app support due Thursday
Samsung will soon release the Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.0 for its web-connected Smart TVs that will finally let developers make money from their products. The SDK, which is due to arrive on January 5, will support in-app advertisements and payments. It will also have the ability to read inputs from remote controls and USB-connected peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and gamepads.
Service available in North America, UK, Japan
Samsung has announced that its Smart TVs finally have been paired with support for YouTube videos in 3D. The service was first noted earlier this year at IFA, where Samsung claimed it would have exclusive access to YouTube 3D videos for a short time.
Stream video from Internet or Blu-ray to any HDTV
Belkin has launched a new line of wireless home theater products. The ScreenCast AV 4 Wireless AV-to-HDTV Adapter F7D4515 allows up to four home theater devices to be connected to any HDTV. The Universal Wireless HDTV Adapter F7D4555 provides Wi-Fi video streaming to a smart TV, and the
Universal Wireless AV Adapter F7D4550 streams content to multiple devices over a wireless network.
LG, Philips, Sharp develop shared app SDK
LG, Philips and Sharp have formed an alliance to develop a shared set of standards for their respective Smart TV apps. The group is using common standards such as HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV to introduce the first beta version of a common Software Development Kit (SDK). The aim of the project is to allow developers create a single app that run on a TV from any of the three companies.
Samsung Smart View and Remote 2.0 apps go live
Samsung deepened the links between its TVs and phones Thursday with both Android and iOS apps. Smart View for Android (free, Market) now gives users two-way media sharing. Those with a Galaxy S II or a similar phone can stream cable TV, Blu-ray, or any other video source from the TV to the phone itself. They can likewise browse the set's Smart TV apps and can watch content from one source while the TV is used for another.