Screens for All: An accessible view | Samsung
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As electric vehicles continue to increase in popularity, Samsung Electronics has unveiled the OH24B, an outdoor signage solution optimized for EV charging stations, at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2023, the largest AV systems event in the world. The 24-inch outdoor signage features high-temperature resistant liquid crystal, which is less affected by sunlight and shows great performance in bright conditions. With peak brightness levels of 1,500 nits and UL verification for outdoor visibility, the OH24B displays content clearly outdoors — even in direct sunlight.
In addition, its IP66 rated dust- and waterproof features provide maximum durability, and its Advanced Magic Glass technology is IK10 rated, minimizing screen damage from physical impact or elements. The OH24B is easy to use as its high-performance System on Chip (SoC) allows content management without the use of an additional PC. On top of that, the MagicINFO solution, a cloud-based device and content management platform, remotely controls content in real time, making content monitoring and management seamless and simple.
With detachable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories, the OH24B creates a stable and rapid wireless network environment under any outdoor installation conditions, keeping content running no matter what time of day. Not only is the OH24B hassle-free and a high-performing signage solution, but it also offers incredible energy savings. The OH24B comes with improved energy efficiency with the industry’s lowest power consumption (up to 90W) while offering brilliant pictures in stunning clarity. Simply put, the OH24B is the perfect signage solution for EV charging stations, which need to continuously display various content, including charging information, traffic conditions and store ads.
Check out the infographic below to explore the OH24B along with its breakthrough technologies developed by Samsung, boasting the top position in the global commercial display market for 13 consecutive years.
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Samsung Electronics has collaborated with iconic department store Selfridges to offer shoppers in London an exclusive and exciting opportunity to experience Samsung’s new Odyssey Ark and Gaming Hub1 platform this festive season.
From today until January 31 of next year, visitors will be able to enjoy a completely immersive experience using the Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, at Selfridges. The display will feature a racing game simulator using three connected Odyssey Arks. The three curved gaming screens wrap around the user’s field of vision, placing the user in the center of the action as they are fully immersed in the exciting gameplay.
▲ Odyssey Ark and U.K. radical motor sport champion Daryl DeLeon
The Odyssey Ark delivers a cinematic gaming experience thanks to its unique, curved screen, high performance 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG) and crisp 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution. Users can further customize their gaming experience using Flex Move Screen, which allows users to adjust screen size between 55- and 27-inches, change the screen position and even switch the screen ratio between 16:9, 21:9 and 32:9 — all with a simple touch of Ark Dial. This freedom is not only horizontal but also vertical position (Cockpit mode), giving users even more control of the viewing experience.
The Odyssey Ark also comes equipped with Samsung’s Quantum Matrix Technology that uses Quantum Mini LEDs to enable ultra-fine and precise control of the densely packed LEDs, along with 14-bit processing, which provides stunning, ultra-realistic graphics.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience a retail demo station for cloud gaming and the Samsung Gaming Hub. The retail display will feature three gaming stands, the incredible Odyssey Ark and two of Samsung’s latest ultra-high-definition TVs — the Neo QLED 8K and Neo QLED 4K. The Samsung Gaming Hub gives users the chance to experience popular Xbox Game Pass titles in addition to selecting new games upon their release. With a vast library of games from the biggest names in the industry, including Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Utomik, users can jump into a world of unlimited possibilities with the Samsung Gaming Hub.
“We’re thrilled to bring both our Gaming Hub retail display and ground-breaking Odyssey Ark to consumers this winter at one of the U.K.’s most popular shopping destinations, in addition to other promotions around London,” said Tom Morey, Director of Direct-to-Consumer at Samsung Electronics UK&I. “Through these activities, fans in London will now get the chance to experience the gaming screen for themselves and enjoy an adrenaline-fueled experience like never before.”
▲ YouTube sensation Vikkstar123 kicks-off the opening of the Gaming Suite at W London, featuring the Odyssey Ark, with a live stream.
Aside from its collaboration with Selfridges, Samsung also recently announced the launch of the first U.K. Gaming Suite in collaboration with the luxury hotel W London, giving guests an unforgettable overnight experience with a futuristic gaming setup. By booking the W London WOW Suite between now and April 2023, visitors can fully immerse themselves in an unparalleled gaming and lodging experience. Additionally, in celebration of the release of the Odyssey Ark in the U.K., Samsung offered shoppers at Harrods in London the chance to try out the unique gaming screen first-hand this past September.
▲ The gaming set-up at Harrods for consumers to experience Odyssey Ark
For more information on Samsung Odyssey Ark, please visit here.
1 Samsung Gaming Hub is available in the following countries/regions: U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Korea and Brazil. Service availability for partners may vary by region.
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Samsung Electronics announced exciting new ways for gamers to experience game streaming with the addition of new partners and the introduction of game streaming to select 2021 Samsung TV models1 and 4K games, further delivering on its promise of bringing the future of gaming to consumers across the globe.
Antstream and Blacknut Joining Samsung’s Game Streaming Offer
Antstream Arcade is the world’s largest cloud gaming service that provides players access to over 1,500 iconic games and weekly new multiplayer challenges and tournaments. Select Samsung TV owners will soon be able to battle their friends and the global community at the best games from the 80s, 90s and 00s, from Pac-Man to Mortal Kombat and Metal Slug.
“Antstream Arcade believes that combining gaming’s past with gaming’s future will push the industry forward to the next era of video games,” said Steve Cottam, CEO of Antstream Arcade. “What fulfills that promise better than retro arcade games played on Samsung’s most advanced Smart TVs? Game streaming provides gamers with more opportunities to play games they love or classics they missed out on.”
With a growing catalog of 500+ premium PC and console games, Blacknut’s Cloud Gaming subscription based service offers the largest unlimited access to gaming content for TV screens. Blacknut allows a “click and play” experience, allowing up to five players to play simultaneously on any compatible smartphone, PC or Smart TV. Blacknut’s library focuses on core and casual family members, delivering a wealth of titles spanning classic AAA games, indie favorites, story-driven adventures, strategy and also the largest collection of racing and sports games. Blacknut’s members can enjoy acclaimed hits, such as Metro Exodus, Overcooked as well as a vast collection of Disney games.
“Blacknut is now bringing the largest Cloud Gaming catalog included in one subscription to Samsung, the number one game streaming destination,” said Nabil Laredj, VP, Business Development & Licensing at Blacknut. “We designed Blacknut as a family gaming platform including five player profiles that can play simultaneously. Bringing our service to Samsung devices allows more gamers to experience the future of gaming.”
Launching in 2023, both Antstream and Blacknut game streaming will become available to owners of select 2021, 2022 & 2023 Samsung TVs.
Bringing Cloud Games to Millions of 2021 Samsung Smart TV Owners
Rolling out through the end of the year, Samsung is giving more players access to game streaming through select 2021 Samsung Smart TVs. Samsung will make available individual apps from game streaming partners Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW and Utomik, with Blacknut and Antstream Arcade coming in 2023. By expanding the game streaming experience to select 2021 Samsung Smart TVs, existing Samsung customers will now have instant access to the same games available through the Samsung Gaming Hub on 2022 Smart TVs and Monitors.
“When Samsung Gaming Hub rolled out earlier this year on 2022 TV models, the number one question we received was ‘when is game streaming coming to my 2021 TV.’ Today we are happy to share with our eager fans that they will be able to play the games they love before the end of this year,” said Mike Lucero, Head of Product for Gaming at North America Service Business Team, Samsung Electronics. “With any leading Bluetooth-enabled gaming controller and internet connection, millions of players will be able to access an expansive library of games ranging from the best AAAs to the hottest indies and retro games directly through partner apps on select 2021 Smart TVs, making Samsung devices a preferred destination for game streaming.”
Once available, the individual gaming apps can be downloaded from the Samsung App Store via the Media Hub directly on the TV.
4K Games Available on Samsung Smart TVs via NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW
Rolling out in a few weeks, the offer will enable GeForce NOW players to stream PC games at up to 4K resolution at 60 frames per second natively in 2022 and select 2021 Samsung Smart TVs without waiting for downloads, installs, patches or updates. GeForce NOW premium membership is required for an enhanced experience including 4K resolution, faster frame rates, RTX ON, priority access to NVIDIA gaming servers and extended eight-hour session lengths.2
For more details on the Samsung Gaming Hub, please visit https://www.samsung.com/gaminghub.
To learn more about the latest Samsung Gaming TV’s visit samsung.com/us/gamingtvs.
1 Eligible 2021 models include: QN800, QN850, QN900, WS1A, QN700, LS03A, AU7000, AU8000, AU9000, Q50, Q60 & Q95-Q70.
2 GeForce NOW premium membership subscription requirement may vary by countries.
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In August, Samsung Electronics unveiled the Odyssey Ark, surprising the world with its groundbreaking curved gaming screen and providing an innovative and unique gaming experience to gamers everywhere. With a name like the “Odyssey Ark,” it made sense for Samsung to travel the world, by meeting with a variety of gamers, catching the eyes of media, influencers, gamers and technology enthusiasts alike.
The Ark Crew Set Off on Odyssey Ark’s First Journey
▲ The first Odyssey Ark event with the Ark Crew in Samsung 837, New York, U.S. and Samsung KX, London, U.K.
When the Odyssey Ark was introduced in August, Samsung 837, its flagship experience center in New York and Samsung KX in London celebrated with Odyssey Ark parties that brought together top gamers and esports pros, including SypherPK, Loughh, Stoopzz, Alyska, Calfreezy and Konstantin. Dubbed the “Ark Crew,” these gaming experts were the first to get a hands-on experience with the Odyssey Ark. They praised the Odyssey Ark for its unparalleled, immersive gaming experience.
Bringing a New Gaming Experience to Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand!
▲ The Odyssey Ark was introduced at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand in September 2022.
After its initial launch, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. Under the bright, shining lights, the Odyssey Ark took center stage at the Samsung Display Tech Summit 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Odyssey Ark booths, which were built using round pods inspired by the curved screen, attracted visitors’ attention and provided an incredibly immersive experience.
▲ At the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow held in Singapore in October 2022, visitors could enjoy a racing game by using the Odyssey Ark.
In addition to captivating visitors at the summit, the Odyssey Ark wowed viewers at Siam Paragon Mall Game Festival Roadshow in Thailand and the Great Wall City Mall Pop-up Roadshow in Singapore in October.
▲ Odyssey Ark media event held in New Zealand in September 2022.
Local media in Australia and New Zealand also enjoyed a sneak peek of the Odyssey Ark at a preview event, getting hands-on experience with a racing game zone designed for an immersive experience through the 55-inch screen. The screen attracted a lot of attention and introduced the next-generation of gaming, one based on immersion and led by the Odyssey Ark.
Meeting Gamers Where They Are: Brasil Game Show, PAX West and TwitchCon
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at the Brasil Game Show 2022 held in São Paulo from October 6 to 12, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark was also featured at Brasil Game Show 2022, Latin America’s largest gaming show, held in São Paulo in October of this year. The Samsung booth showcased several models, including the Odyssey Ark and Odyssey Neo G9, in experience zones where gamers could see the difference Samsung can make. This was the first public debut of the Odyssey Ark, and it received a lot of fanfare.
Samsung’s tour through Latin America didn’t stop there: In the same month, gamers at the Argentina Game Show 2022 in Buenos Aires were mesmerized by the Odyssey Ark. During the exhibition, more than 100,000 attendees visited Samsung’s booth. Coscu, a famous gamer with more than four million subscribers, was one of them and helped attract more visitors to Samsung’s booth during the event.
▲ With over 250 Odyssey monitors at the event, gamers enjoyed immersive gameplay at PAX West Seattle held on September 2-5, 2022.
▲ Visitors gather around the Odyssey models installed at the TSM booth at TwitchCon San Diego held on October 5-7, 2022.
To connect with U.S. gamers, Samsung brought the Odyssey Ark to a number of popular gaming festivals, including PAX West held in Seattle and TwitchCon in San Diego. Samsung had more than 250 Odyssey monitors at PAX West’s PC Area. In particular, the dedicated Odyssey Ark booth built in collaboration with ReedPop impressed gamers with the 55-inch 1000R curved screen’s overwhelming presence, grabbing significant attention.
The Odyssey Ark continued its journey at TwitchCon in San Diego, where more than 30,000 well-known Twitch content creators gathered. Samsung partnered with esports organization TSM and gave attendees the opportunity to experience the Odyssey Ark, Odyssey Neo G9 and Odyssey G7.
Getting Smart at Smart Arena, Popping Off at POP CON and Being a Hero at HeroFest
▲ The Odyssey Ark launching show was held at the Smart Arena in Milan on September 22, 2022.
▲ Popular streamer Jakidale is broadcasting live footage of esports player Piz experiencing the Odyssey Ark. Right photo courtesy of piz.fn on Instagram.
Let’s move into Europe, one of the biggest gaming markets with many passionate gamers who were excited about the Odyssey Ark. In September, gamers and streamers were given a special look at the Odyssey lineup at the Smart Arena in Milan. Popular streamers and entertainers, including Jakidale and Bryan Box, along with esports team Morning Stars players Piz, Belix and Predage, tested the Odyssey Ark and shared their live reactions with their online audiences.
▲ The Odyssey Ark was installed at ZURICH POP CON in Zürich, Switzerland held on October 1 and 2, 2022.
The Odyssey Ark then journeyed to ZURICH POP CON in Zurich and HeroFest in Bern, followed by GameForce in Brussels and Dreamhack in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Odyssey Ark booth was packed with people who wanted to get a firsthand experience with this groundbreaking and futuristic gaming screen.
Bringing the Gaming Soul to Seoul
After making stops around the world, the Odyssey Ark has landed in seven department stores across Seoul. Visitors can experience the Odyssey Ark’s unique features, including Multi View, Flex Move Screen and Gaming Hub.
The Odyssey Ark made a memorable impact in some of the world’s biggest gaming markets. Its incredible launch turned heads in gaming communities, signaling a new era of immersive gameplay. And this is just the beginning of the Odyssey Ark’s innovative journey.
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DALLAS—Parks Associates has released consumer research showing that in Q3 2021, 27% of US broadband subscribers reported that smart TV’s using the Samsung Tizen operating system were their primary device for consuming video content.
The data highlighted the fact that more “changes are coming for the video entertainment market in 2022," said Eric Sorensen, senior contributing analyst, Parks Associates. "The smart TV will cement its status as the default streaming platform in the households. We will see many more content partnerships and service acquisitions among providers and manufacturers. Content creators will leverage their ability to reach audiences directly, while service and content providers will adapt their business models to anticipate higher levels of churn than in previous years."
Acquisitions and consolidations are becoming key options for streaming firms to compete in the face of limited material and the constant demand for more new content, Parks also reported.
It’s OTT Video Tracker found that the average churn rate for SVODs increased to 45% in 2021, a 5.5 percentage point jump from 2020. Consumers hold on to the services they use the most and jump among the others, paying for a program or season and then canceling when they are finished, Parks reported. The number of subscriptions may rise and fall over time, indicating that churn rates will continue to be elevated in 2022.
Parks Associates also reported that streaming media providers will face increasing competition from digital and social content producers in 2022. Popular online content creators are circumventing established distribution models and building their streaming applications from the ground up. For instance, KevOnStage Studios, created by comedian and multi-viral content producer Kevin Fredericks, whose stage name is KevOnStage, is very successful with his YouTube channel.
"Streaming apps provide new revenue opportunities, especially with the chance to retain content ownership rights," Sorensen said. "Digital content creators can monetize content and build audiences collected from social networking and video sharing platforms to their streaming applications and websites."
The OTT Video Market Tracker, an annual service from Parks Associates, features monthly updates on trends and market activities in the OTT video space, including comprehensive tracking of existing and emerging players and quarterly subscriber estimates.
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