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Samsung's upcoming Series 7 LCD HDTV
Samsung LCD TVs to run simple programs such as Sudoku

Samsung introduced at CES 2008 its new line of Series 6 and Series 7 LCD high-definition televisions. Besides the usual features of a 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rates and 4ms response times, Samsung was proud to point out that its full line (LN40A650T, LN46A650T, LN52A650T, LN40A750T, LN46A750T, and LN52A750T) will feature a “Touch of Color” design that adds a hint of amber color naturally blended into Samsung's piano black bezel frame.

With all the excitement of a colored bezel, Samsung may have forgotten to mention in its press release that its upcoming high-end LCD HDTVs will come packed with video games. Several models will come with content preloaded into the set’s built-in flash memory, some of which will be games.

Tim Baxter, executive vice president of Samsung, told the AP that simple games such as Sudoku will be bundled with televisions. Other programs potentially preloaded on the TV include artwork (for use as a digital picture frame), screensavers, fitness programs and recipes.

"If you think about the TV experience, it has historically been a lean-back experience," Baxter said, contrasting it to the "lean forward" experience of the PC. "We think there are opportunities to bring very relevant parts of that experience into the living room."

Users will also be able to add new programs and artwork by transferring them from the PC to a flash drive, which can interface with the set’s USB slot.

Furthermore, the TV’s Ethernet port can also pave the way for more content options, including news, weather, sports and stocks information supplied by USA Today in a picture-in-picture window.

Samsung’s Series 6 LCD HDTVs will be available starting this March, with the Series 7 hitting in May.

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o rly?
By themadmilkman on 1/8/2008 10:50:25 AM , Rating: -1
Bound for failure, imo.

RE: o rly?
By SirLucius on 1/8/2008 11:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
Can I ask why? It seems like a pretty novel idea to allow your TV to have more built in features than just letting you watch the news and sitcoms. With the way people are moving to more all-in-one devices, this seems like a pretty good idea.

RE: o rly?
By omnicronx on 1/8/2008 11:32:33 AM , Rating: 2
Toshiba xbox360 combo TV's!!! Coming to a store near you!!!

RE: o rly?
By themadmilkman on 1/8/2008 2:21:43 PM , Rating: 1
I just simply don't see it ever being used by the vast majority of consumers. A built-in fitness program? Yeah, that sounds exciting. Will these ever be updated? Or am I only going to have the same 30 minute workout from my TV for the lifespan of the TV? If it can be updated, do I need an internet connection? Wireless? Will it actually work?

I love the addition of new features. But I also like those features to make sense. To me, this one doesn't.

RE: o rly?
By bighairycamel on 1/8/2008 11:23:24 AM , Rating: 2
I think you've ready too much into this. It's simply a "feature", not the main selling point. Samusng TVs will continue to do well, the extra features are just a nifty little bonus.

RE: o rly?
By mcnabney on 1/8/2008 12:50:09 PM , Rating: 3
I would rather have $50 off.

RE: o rly?
By bighairycamel on 1/8/2008 1:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'ld hate to say the glass is half empty, but if they took away the extra features the odds of them consequently lowering the price are slim to none. They would silently remove the features then still sell it at the same price point.

RE: o rly?
By Polynikes on 1/8/2008 1:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, I have dedicated machines that take care of the services provided by those extra features.

RE: o rly?
By slacker57 on 1/8/2008 2:53:37 PM , Rating: 2
Well, then you're not the target audience for a lot commercial electronics. Just take a look at cell phones. I have a dedicated mp3 player, but manufacturers are telling me that it's just not cool to carry around a phone and an mp3 player, I need to combine them into one.

RE: o rly?
By themadmilkman on 1/8/2008 4:42:37 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between filling a consumer demand, creating consumer demand through an innovative product that people want, and forcing consumer demand. I would say that the cell phone / MP3 combo is largely a case of forced consumer demand. Do people get combo phone/MP3 players because they want them, or because there isn't a choice? Same thing with camera phones. Do people REALLY want them?

Manufacturers will always tell you that you need something new, even where there is no consumer demand for the new product.

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