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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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RE: Starting step
By djc208 on 1/8/2008 3:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about one device, I think TVs are going to become a subset of the monitor market, albeit a unique one. Fewer and fewer people actually use the tuner in their TVs, and the HD TVs even less. OTA digital is the last reason to keep a tuner around. Otherwise you watch through a cable or satelite box, from your DVD/HD player, a game system, or a HTPC/TiVo box.

I watch almost all my TV through my SageTV setup anymore, so essentially my 46" DLP TV is used 90% of the time through some input other than the tuner already.

Stuff like this is nice first step for those people who don't want to try and set up an HTPC. I can see media streamers and simple web browsers built in down the road to let you view your photos, stream MP3s to a connected stereo, or look up weather, traffic, and simple RSS feeds from your TV remote.


RE: Starting step
By FITCamaro on 1/8/2008 3:54:03 PM , Rating: 2
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I can see media streamers and simple web browsers built in down the road to let you view your photos, stream MP3s to a connected stereo, or look up weather, traffic, and simple RSS feeds from your TV remote.


And what do you think will drive those things? PC hardware. That is what I meant by this.


RE: Starting step
By djc208 on 1/8/2008 5:15:11 PM , Rating: 2
Guess I kind of stopped after the one device thing. I kept picturing having to upgrade the CPU and memory in my HDTV, and then the TVs of all my family and friends. Not a pretty sight, but yes a media streaming system would be great.

Now if someone can figure out how to get video content onto that server legally I'd be happy.


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