Tucked away in the corner -- and shadowed by dozens of giant TV panels hanging above -- of Samsung
's almost frighteningly large booth we found the Samsung Optical SMART Hub
. Samsung's hub lets users stream media from CD / DVD, or a USB hard drive both wirelessly or via ethernet to desktops, laptops, and mobile devices. We have no complaints about streaming quality while testing it on the show floor, pulling the plug on the drive while we were streaming killed the video after 15 seconds or so, plugging it back in restored the film in about the same time. While this is an interesting idea, we can't hep but feel that Blu-ray would have been a nice addition to the mix -- as long as copy protection played nice, that is. Click past the break to see our quick tour and test.
Mat Smith contributed to this report.