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Samsung Pushes Its 4K/HDR TV Service in Europe (4k.com) 55

An anonymous reader quotes 4K.com: Samsung Electronics has announced that its premium Smart TV content service, TV Plus, is now available for users of Samsung Smart TVs in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom... Owners of eligible Samsung Smart TVs with 4K / HDR capabilities in the above-mentioned European countries now have direct access to premium 4K UHD HDR content offered by Samsung, in partnership with Rakuten TV, and can find their favorite shows using the TV Plus straightforward interface... The expansion comes at what could be considered a strategically well timed moment in the European market, given that 4K TV sales in the huge continental market are steadily growing year by year and are expected to rise to over 17 million 4K TV units shipped by the end of 2017. Meanwhile, TV Plus content has become a success in Southeast Asia since its launch, where 70% of Smart TV users in Korea are watching TV PLUS channels, and 41% of Smart TV users in Vietnam are using TV PLUS.
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Samsung Pushes Its 4K/HDR TV Service in Europe

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday August 14, 2017 @05:37AM (#55006813)

    Subject said it all.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Bullshit. No cameras in New models and the mic is in the remote so if paranoid you can use a 3rd party remote.

  • Yet another streaming service but this one's tied to your hardware
    • Yet another streaming service but this one's tied to your hardware

      What? You mean you didn't want to replace your television every other year because they purposely stopped pushing firmware updates, breaking all functionality?

      You must be some kind of communist hippie who doesn't want to support landfills overflowing with capitalistic greed...

  • by Dunbal ( 464142 ) *
    By "premium content" do they mean that same localized region locked shit you can get from your local cable provider? No thanks.
  • I know that Rakuten streaming service, formerly Wuaki, has been eclipsed by Amazon Prime and Netflix. I fear it is not a good idea to have exclusive content on Samsung TVs when you aim to be on as many devices as possible. I hope there is a fat check in order to make Rakuten live longer.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      This seems to be more of a store than a subscription streaming service. Samsung figure that if you can buy movies directly from the TV UI (which they will advertise at you and your children with no opt out) they can get some extra revenue.

      Rakuten is kinda like Amazon, but coming from the East. While Amazon struggles to gain footings in east Asian countries, Rakuten struggles to succeed in the west. I think part of their problem as their confusing site where you could see all this great stuff but actually bu

      • This seems to be more of a store than a subscription streaming service. Samsung figure that if you can buy movies directly from the TV UI (which they will advertise at you and your children with no opt out) they can get some extra revenue.

        Well that's what you get for plugging your tv into the internet.

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

          I bet if you don't plug it in you just get adverts and nagging to connect it instead.

          • I've read reports that some TVs capable of IPTV have an interstitial requiring the owner to agree to the software license agreement and activate the TV online before using it even for things other than IPTV. Until the owner connects the TV to the Internet, all it can do is display the nag screen.

            "Then just buy a TV that isn't 'smart'." Good luck with that now that the cost of including IPTV has become negligible in a large TV compared to the cost of engineering and stocking a separate SKU without IPTV. Beca

  • Nice marketing release. "where 70% of Smart TV users in Korea are watching TV PLUS channels". Sure they are.
  • Quite clever (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    There isn't that much 4k content around, which probably affects people's decision as to whether it's worth upgrading to a 4k tv set. So giving access to a significant library of 4k content to anyone buying a Samsung tv will probably get them a bunch of sales they wouldn't otherwise have had. There's no mention of cost in the article, I'm not clear if it's free for owners of the specified tv set models, but if so then it seems to be a pretty good deal.

    • What I fear is that the service will be focused on movie rental, as movies is where 4K excels. And not on watch-as-much-as-you-can subscription scheme. My reasoning is that the subscription scheme only shows movies and TV shows that are older than four years. Most recent 4K shows are on Netflix, HBO or whatever else, and not in this service. Heck, even shows like Breaking Bad were removed from the service. Movies older than 4 years (licensing becomes cheaper the older the movie is) have not been mastered fo
  • by RedMage ( 136286 ) on Monday August 14, 2017 @08:59AM (#55007503) Homepage

    Seriously, is this "news" or just ad copy? It sure does sound like product placement to me...

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