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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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Intel has similar plans
By Lord Banshee on 1/8/2008 11:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
My future job depends on the success of this market so I hope it is accepted well.

Intel's Digital Home Group (DHG)is designing an embedded platform for TVs/cable boxes/satellite boxes which will start to intertwine the TV and the PC experience. They have a current model out now, but it is ARM base, CE2110, and they have not made it too public and it isn't very popular. The new model will be IA (x86) based which I believe is where they are start to really market the product.

http://www.intel.com/design/celect/




RE: Intel has similar plans
By paulpod on 1/8/2008 2:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, all these great plans but I bet it still will not be able to play transport stream files I've previously recorded and have on a PC folder share.

The only industry standard part of digital TV is the one thing nobody supports. And devices that can do this, like TViX products, are completely ignored by the technical media in favor of pathetic products like AppleTV and Slingbox.


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