While Netflix is chatting up providers about anchoring its app on cable boxes, access to the streaming service's library will be available on the upcoming Samsung Smart Media Player (aka Smart Cable Box). Posted over at Zatz Not Funny, the user manual indicates that Netflix (as well as Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, YouTube and more) will get cozy on the GX-SM530CF which also carries local media playback and works with Samsung's AllCast app for mirroring on the big(ger) screen. Of course, this means that consumers will have another option for binge watching alongside compatible TiVo wares in the near future while the aforementioned sides work out a deal for more widespread implementation. The $150 box isn't a DVR, but if your needs are covered by live TV and digital content from apps or other devices, it will be available on October 23rd.
New Samsung Smart Media Player Helps Any TV Get Smart
All-In-One Device Brings More Than 100 Smart Apps Plus Live Cable Content to Any TV
October 17, 2013 09:23 AM Eastern Daylight Time
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the availability of the Samsung Smart Media Player (GX-SM530CF), bringing live TV content and all of the Smart TV apps consumers know and love to their current TVs that lack Smart Hub capabilities. Packed with more than 100 Smart Apps including Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU and YouTube, the Smart Media Player also enables viewers to access cable content without having to pay expensive monthly rental fees associated with a cable box.
At just $149.99, the Samsung Smart Media Player delivers an affordable way for consumers to easily discover and enjoy the live TV programming and movies they love. With the included remote, viewers can seamlessly switch between cable content to the many video and social apps available through the device.
"With our new Samsung Smart Media Player, we're providing consumers with an all-in-one solution that makes the TV-watching experience 'smarter,'" said Jim Kiczek, Director of Digital Audio and Video at Samsung Electronics America. "This great product brings the Samsung Smart TV experience to any digital TV, giving customers a seamless home entertainment experience that combines live cable content and Smart TV applications all in one device."
The Samsung Smart Media Player supports content from major cable providers and does not require monthly service fees associated with a cable box rental, making it a great addition for a second TV that doesn't have Samsung Smart Hub capabilities. Getting live cable content has never been easier with the Smart Media Player. Customers can rent a CableCARD from their cable provider and insert it into the device, providing access to local channels and content. With the remote, viewers can seamlessly toggle from cable content to movies, videos, games and other Smart TV content all with a simple finger swipe. The one-time purchase of a Samsung Smart Media Player enables consumers to achieve significant cost savings over time while delivering a new TV viewing experience.
Packed With Smart Technology
Bringing the best of the Samsung Smart TV experience to other TVs, the Samsung Smart Media Player comes packed with more than 100 Smart apps including favorites such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, VUDU, YouTube and more, giving viewers a vast variety of content to choose from. The built-in Samsung S-Recommendation feature helps customers discover what they want to watch without surfing channels. Based on what customers are watching, S-Recommendation becomes smarter and will queue new shows and content to watch now or in the future.
Giving consumers the flexibility to take their favorite movies and shows on the go, Samsung Smart Media Player comes with AllShare, which allows viewers to share content from their mobile devices to their TV from anywhere. With the Screen Mirroring feature, customers can easily share video and photos on the big screen with the push of a button on a compatible smartphone or tablet.
The Samsung Smart Media Box will be available on October 23rd at the retail price of $149.99.