With other national (and international) carriers slowly enabling carrier billing on content purchases, it was only a matter of time before the second largest network in the States would start adapting said payment method. And while AT&T's been offering the service for application buys through Google Play, up until now it'd been leaving out all media-related goods. Luckily for some, the Rethink Possible outfit has announced its plans to begin offering carrier billing options inside Sammy's Media Hub, with the Captivate, Galaxy Exhilarate and that modish Galaxy S III to be among the first to help kick things off. Meanwhile, everyone's favorite phablet (aka Galaxy Note) and the somewhat aged Galaxy S II will be able to join the others as soon as they swallow up an upcoming software update. More importantly, are you planning to add those movie purchases to your monthly AT&T tab? Say the word in the comments below.
AT&T Streamlines Content Purchases to One Click for Samsung Media Hub Consumers
Consumers on AT&T with Samsung devices can now charge TV shows and movie purchases from Samsung Media Hub directly to monthly phone bill
SAN JOSE, Calif., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, announced the availability of direct carrier billing with AT&T for purchases from Samsung's Media Hub video entertainment service on Samsung devices. The option gives device owners the ability to quickly, easily and securely rent or buy movies, TV episodes and entire seasons directly from their handsets with a single click. Media Hub purchases can also be shared across five Media Hub enabled devices, including Galaxy Tab® devices, connected DVD players, connected home theaters and Smart TVs™ at no extra cost.
Preloaded on the Galaxy S® III and other select Samsung smartphones, Samsung Media Hub offers users access to a vast collection of movies, ranging from blockbusters to the latest independent films, as well as single episodes or full seasons of TV shows, many available the day after original broadcast. Partners providing high-quality and HD content for the service include CBS, Fox, MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Each movie and TV show delivered through Media Hub is optimized for the best entertainment experience based on the device's screen size, screen type, video resolution, memory type, processor and sound profile.
Because it is easy and secure, direct carrier billing has become a top choice for mobile consumers. Consumers simply select the content they want, confirm payment and instantly start watching while the remainder of the show or movie downloads. All charges appear on their monthly AT&T bill. The Samsung Captivate™ and Samsung Galaxy Exhilarate™ from AT&T will also permit carrier billing options for Media Hub content. The Samsung Galaxy Note™ and Galaxy S® II devices will receive carrier billing capabilities through the upcoming software update to Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
"With Media Hub, Samsung is delivering a complete, cross-screen entertainment experience. With the addition of direct carrier billing, we are making that experience even easier and accessible to a wider audience," commented Jonathan Kim, Vice President of Content & Services at Samsung's Media Solutions Center America. "We look forward to bringing anywhere, anytime access to the TV shows, movies and other forms of entertainment to more consumers across more devices."
About Media Solutions Center America
Samsung Media Solutions Center America (MSCA) delivers content and services across Samsung's mobile and digital ecosystem. Based in San Jose, CA, MSCA develops content partnerships, distribution strategies and cloud-based services to deliver a converged Samsung experience on smartphones, tablets, Smart TVs, media players, and other connected devices. MSCA is pioneering innovative technologies and services that enable consumers to seamlessly experience and share content across devices, while opening new business opportunities on the Samsung platform for content providers and advertisers.
About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2011 consolidated sales of US$143.1 billion. Employing approximately 206,000 people in 197 offices across 72 countries, the company operates two separate organizations to coordinate its nine independent business units: Digital Media & Communications, comprising Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, and Digital Imaging; and Device Solutions, consisting of Memory, System LSI and LED. Recognized for its industry-leading performance across a range of economic, environmental and social criteria, Samsung Electronics was named the world's most sustainable technology company in the 2011 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.
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