Samsung Electronics Is Bringing a Wide Range of New Premium Content to Its Samsung TV Plus Service, Along With a Fresh Redesign of the Platform’s InterfaceBy STF News
Samsung TV Plus is set to unveil a host of new programs under a new brand logo. This raft of premium content will grant users all around the world access to diverse, high-quality TV shows. Samsung is also expanding compatibility with this TV service to even more of its devices.
Opening Up a New Era of Streaming
Samsung launched Samsung TV Plus as a free streaming TV and video service in 2015, and as of August 2022, users from 24 countries can easily access connected TV and enjoy a wide range of content including news, sports, entertainment and more.
Since April 2021, the service has been available on Samsung mobile devices and Smart monitors, as well as on the company’s TV lineup. Now, select Family Hub refrigerators can also be connected to Samsung TV Plus1 in the U.S. and Korea.
According to internal research, Samsung TV Plus ranks third among the over-the-top (OTT) apps used by owners of Samsung Smart TVs. In the last 12 months, Samsung TV Plus has seen a nearly twofold growth in consumer viewing, including nearly 3 billion hours streamed,2 by highly engaged users worldwide.
Amidst this global growth, Samsung is opening up a new era for its free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) and video-on-demand service, with Samsung TV Plus now reaching 24 countries and 465 million devices globally across the company’s TV, smart monitors, mobile and Family Hub refrigerator lineups.
Enhancing Visibility for Viewing Versatility
Samsung TV Plus’ new logo reflects the platform’s cross-device capabilities, with a blue and orange logo design on a black background providing improved visibility that signals the versatility of the platform.
Samsung TV Plus’ redesigned logo.
In line with the coloration of its logo’s redesign, Samsung TV Plus’ UI will also be available in a Dark Theme with enhanced visibility. Users can more easily browse what’s on now, recommended programs and channel lists.
The interface of Samsung TV Plus’ Homepage, featuring the Dark Theme UI.
Bringing Users More of the Content They Love
Along with these redesigns, Samsung TV Plus will unveil a host of new programming partnerships. Samsung brings viewers FAST-first content premieres, including an exclusive 2-minute sneak peek release of Prime Video’s highly anticipated The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series, an exclusive, uncut version of Demi Lovato’s Vevo Official Live Performance. In the U.S., Top Gear, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NCIS and other popular content will be made available.
Samsung Plus TV will offer Top Gear in the U.S.
In the U.K., Samsung TV Plus is exclusively offering viewers the 2022 season of America’s Got Talent, as well as all previous seasons from 2019 to the present. This will eventually include the season finale, which is set to be aired in September. Furthermore, the first native 8K produced TV series, Das Boot, has launched exclusively in 8K on Samsung TV Plus in Germany. While some shows are filmed in 4K and can be upscaled to 8K later, Das Boot is the first show to be filmed entirely in 8K from the start of production. It was produced by Bavaria Fiction for Sky in partnership with Samsung Electronics Germany and has been available to watch on Samsung Neo QLED 8Ks via Samsung TV Plus from 2020 onwards.
The new season of America’s Got Talent is coming to the U.K. exclusively on Samsung TV Plus, while viewers in Germany can look forward to Das Boot, the first native 8K TV show.
For Samsung TV Plus users in Australia and New Zealand, the first exclusive, owned and operated (O&O) channels have been launched. These offer fan-favorite shows from the eighties, nineties and noughties — collected under the umbrella channel Throwback TV — as well as competitions and reality shows from around the globe under its Entertainment Hub channel. In India, Samsung TV Plus viewers can enjoy even more content from some of the top national and regional channel partners as Samsung continues to strengthen its relationship with channel partners including Discovery, Republic TV, Aaj Tak, Mastiii, Q TV, Pitaara and Balle.
Growing relationships with channel partners mean viewers can enjoy the best in local and regional content, both retro and current.
As Samsung TV Plus expands its global scope, Samsung will continue to invest in premium content, exclusive premieres and key partnerships for its users. Not only does the platform see Samsung providing a diverse offering of channels and shows across a wide variety of countries and languages, but it also sees the company continuing to strengthen its global partnerships in order to provide its viewers with the very best content, free of charge.
1 Samsung TV Plus compatible devices as of August 2022 include:
– TV: Smart TVs released after 2016 (availability may vary by country)
– Mobile: Devices supporting Android 8.0 OS and above
– Smart Monitor: M8, M7 and M5 Smart Monitors
– Family Hub: Products of Model 2.0 or above released after 2017
2 From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
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By STF News
With the ever-growing popularity and accessibility of social video platforms, today, anyone can become a creator. To grow their platforms, new creators are choosing professional-grade editing programs and hardware to produce exciting content and increase subscribers. As a result, the demand for high-quality monitors is skyrocketing.
According to Markets & Research, the global Professional Monitors market size was estimated to be worth $104.86 million in 2021 and is forecasted to be $149.21 million by 2028.
If you’re looking to break into content creation, use the following checklist when picking your next monitor.
# Want To Be a Content Creator? Here Is How To Pick The Perfect Monitor
# Not Familiar With The Terminology Yet? This Guide Will Help You
Looking to choose a new monitor for content creation? Don’t let unfamiliar jargon put you off. Let’s take a deep dive into the world of monitors.
1. DCI-P3: Reproducing accurate colors from shot to screen
DCI-P3, the triangle highlighted on the colorful diagram, constitutes a range of colors that can be presented on a given display, such as a monitor. Simply put, they use figures to indicate the extent of a display’s color handling capabilities. This is why it is called a color gamut, because gamut means a full scope or range of something.
Color standards vary by institutes depending on the purpose and criteria of the color gamut. Classic examples include DCI-P3, sRGB and Adobe RGB. The triangle refers to a percentage of the visible spectrum on a display based on each color standard.
sRGB Adobe RGB DCI-P3 – sRGB is a standard RGB color space that Microsoft and HP created cooperatively in 1996 to use on monitors and printers.
– Developed by Adobe in 1998, Adobe RGB was designed to express digital color for photo.
– DCI-P3 was created by Digital Cinema Initiatives to efficiently express color for a digital projector.
– sRGB covers just 33.3% of visible colors. – It is commonly used for design and photo editing. – It is widely used in HDR content. DCI-P3 presents a more optimized color space for digital videos.
To find the best monitor for video content creation, you need to check a monitor’s color gamut. It is essential to display your video as intended without color distortion, whether on a computer or mobile device. Make sure the monitor supports ‘DCI-P3’ if you often edit videos.
2. HDR: Selecting a monitor that provides incredible contrast and accentuates details
Customers are good at intuitively picking up on the quality of a display, so the ability to deliver life-like picture quality is just as crucial as accurate color reproduction.
HDR (High Dynamic Range) refers to a technology that delivers true-to-life pictures by delicately adjusting brightness. You can assess HDR performance based on VESA DisplayHDR ratings created by VESA. VESA Certified DisplayHDR guarantees a display’s quality, allowing you to enjoy the best HDR experience.
VESA assigns a number grade representing peak brightness on certified monitors. In other words, the larger the number, the wider the range of brightness a monitor can express.
As VESA Certified DisplayHDR guarantees a display’s quality, it is highly recommended that serious creators invest in a product that is DisplayHDR 400-verified, or higher. This will enable you to enjoy the best HDR experience possible.
3. Matte Display: Avoiding bright light without installing unnecessary accessories
Content creators can often be disrupted by glare or reflection on their monitors. It is crucial for creators to work on a screen that delivers consistency in all environments regardless of external lighting factors. Bright lights or changes in monitor angle can cause color distortions detrimental to overall content quality, which is why many editors now use monitor hoods while working.
However, installing a hood to prevent glare and reflection can undermine work productivity since it is difficult to adjust a monitor’s angle or height. ViewFinity S8 solves such inconveniences by adopting the Matte Display to minimize glare. Low Reflection Film, Samsung’s proprietary technology that reduces glare and reflection, helps you check content even under bright light regardless of angle. As such, ViewFinity S8 received the world’s first UL1 Verification for Glare Free.
# Samsung ViewFinity S8, The Best Choice for Content Creators
1 UL, LLC is a global safety certification company that determines standards for safety, security and sustainability.
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With the ambition of ‘the value of infinite viewing experience’, ViewFinity, Samsung’s high resolution monitor lineup will allow creative professionals including designers and content creators to improve their work productivity.
ViewFinity S8 (Model: S80PB), a new monitor specialized for creative professionals delivers accurate colors as intended with a wide color gamut up to 98% of DCI-P3 and UHD resolution. Matte Display is applied on the top of the panel, reducing light reflection. This allows you to create content with vibrant color reproduction and brightness and prevent any distortions. Furthermore, ViewFinity features ergonomic design to offer more comfortable user experience during extended use.
With innovation in technology and performance, Samsung ViewFinity, as a new benchmark of high resolution monitors for creators, will provide a comfortable user experience and productive working environment. You can check out the infographic below to learn more about ViewFinity S8’s exciting features.
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Providing Content How You Want It, When You Want It, Where You Want It: The Design Story Behind The FreestyleBy STF News
People today are expressing themselves more freely, showcasing their own individuality through their own unique identities. The Freestyle, Samsung Electronics’ all-new portable screen and entertainment device, has been designed to match the versatility embodied by today’s users by allowing them to express their diverse tastes and interests with flexibility.
From Every Angle
These days, nomadic working is a lifestyle that is being embraced by people all over the world who are taking advantage of the ability to work more freely, anytime and anywhere they want. Even if our working habits err on the side of ‘flexible’ instead of ‘nomadic’, we all share that desire to have ownership over our lifestyles and lean towards products that help us overcome physical constraints and traditional methods of living, working or doing.
The Freestyle, which is highly portable, does not require any type of fastening and can be adjusted to be used at any angle, is one such product, as users can enjoy the best screen quality anywhere and in any way they desire. “We worked on creating a form that can accommodate all kinds of usage and placement styles,” explained Chulyong Cho, one of The Freestyle’s designers.
Unlike conventional, boxy projectors, The Freestyle’s versatile cradle allows rotation of up to 180 degrees, enabling users to show high-quality video anywhere – tables, floors, walls or even ceilings – no separate screen required.
The Freestyle also features an auto keystone function that displays a 16:9-ratio screen anywhere without distortion. The projector automatically focuses to ensure a clear screen, and retains its level to prevent any inconveniences in viewing. This function helps users display the screen from all kinds of different positions from floors to walls to ceilings.
Me, Myself, and I
In an era where the diversity of our personalities reflects who we truly are, people are rejecting the idea of being limited to one identity. The Freestyle similarly contains such multitudes, exceeding the identity of being a simple device as it can be transformed into a subtle mood lamp.
As was noted by designer Jaeneung Lee, “Users can also enjoy a wider spectrum of experiences through accessories.” For instance, The Freestyle can be directly connected to light stands that use E26 sockets1, allowing users to hang their Freestyle from the ceiling so that it can project downwards and deliver a truly unique experience.
Furthermore, with the ambient mode, users can express themselves through unique styles of light and sound. This feature projects a variety of visual concepts into a user’s interior to create a new atmosphere, and users can also harness The Freestyle’s translucent lens cap to project images as a form of mood lighting.
Built for Diverse Tastes and Diverse Uses
The Freestyle has been designed to take into account all kinds of personal tastes and preferences, and is available in a range of color options for users to pick and choose from. “We aspired to create a device capable of matching the lifestyles of all kinds of people and preferences,” explained designer Minsun Kang.
The Freestyle’s cover is also made out of a soft rubber material to both protect the product as well as to exude warmth and usability to any user. “With The Freestyle, we are proposing new ambient experiences that have been based on real insight into the way users are consuming content,” noted designer Jenny Jung.
Furthermore, the overall design of The Freestyle makes it a versatile device capable of matching the diverse lifestyles of any user. Those who enjoy camping can safely and easily bring their device along on a trip; those looking to enjoy content immediately need not worry thanks to external batteries2 that support USB-PD and 50W/20V output or above; those looking to relax can transform their room into a gallery with the ambient screen feature; and party people can harness the projector’s range of lighting modes to create the perfect atmosphere.
When designing The Freestyle, Samsung’s designers aspired to create a device that let users view what they want, when they want, wherever they want. The Freestyle goes beyond the capabilities of regular devices thanks to its free and flexible movement and a design ethos that takes after the lifestyle of today’s users.
* The images shown are for illustration purposes only and may differ from the actual products. Product specifications may vary by country, region and model.
1 Light socket connection feature will be first applied in the U.S.
2 Samsung is not liable for 3rd party external batteries.
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Now more than ever, streaming has developed to be at the core of home entertainment. New streaming platforms are continuously being released and the industry’s growth is accelerating faster than ever before as more and more people are enjoying their favorite TV shows, movies and more from the comfort of their own homes.
Powered by the Tizen OS, Samsung Electronics’ TV lineup provides users with a central hub for seamless streaming experiences. Along with Samsung’s cutting-edge picture quality, state-of-the-art sound and user-friendly OS, the company’s partnerships with leading content providers such as HBO are bringing users’ at-home streaming experiences to the next level.
In order to learn more, Samsung Newsroom sat down with Jennifer Mirgorod, Head of Partner Management and Marketing for WarnerMedia, to hear about the state of streaming, the future of the industry and how HBO’s partnership with Samsung is bringing users a truly premium experience.
Q: Please introduce yourself and your role at WarnerMedia.
A: As head of partnership management and partner marketing, I’m responsible for the distribution and marketing of WarnerMedia’s streaming services including HBO Max, its transactional video business and the linear television networks. I lead the team managing our multichannel video programming distributor partners in North America as well as our global platform partnerships, including with Samsung.
Q: Streaming services have seen massive growth over the last year. What are some notable trends the industry has seen over the past year?
A: Since my career in media began more than 25 years ago, I’ve witnessed the entirety of the streaming industry’s lifespan. We’ve seen massive increase in its popularity over the years and the global over-the-top services market size is projected to reach $86.8 billion by 2026.1
As more streaming platforms emerge, content is so critically important to any platform. This trend, then, has been of rising importance for ensuring that the most iconic titles – from Warner Bros. and across our entire portfolio – live on HBO Max. The relative scarcity of premium content in our industry has made owning franchises like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and the DC Universe, among others, has been an incredibly powerful differentiator for WarnerMedia.
Q: With more consumers “cord cutting” and moving to OTT services, how do you see the market for premium content playing out over the next decade?
A: The past few years have been described as the era of “peak TV”, with hundreds of new television series being released each year, and one thing has remained clear: consumers crave premium content. It’s premium stories that make their way into the zeitgeist and resonate with large audiences, regardless of the platform on which they premiere. HBO has long been the home for exactly that type of content and, with HBO Max, we fully expect to build on that.
Q: What changes has HBO made to its platform to promote growth and provide subscribers new experiences?
A: There are quite a few things we’ve done both to the product itself as well as our approach to provide the best possible experience to our customers.
Throughout HBO Max’s first year, our product team has focused on evolving the app by adding new features to ensure that the platform provides a premium experience that is fitting for the premium content it houses. That means adding new personalization features including “For You” trays, age-targeted kid profiles, improved design, improved content details pages, accessibility features and others. We also took a bold step late last year and decided to release our 2021 Warner Bros. theatrical slate in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day, giving customers the ultimate choice on how they wanted to consume content, which proved to be a solid strategy.
Our tech team is also working hard to deliver the best viewing experiences which includes support for HDR10 and 4K streaming. As we regularly update and release new content via HBO Max, you’ll see more and more content available in these formats.
Q: What have been some of the biggest benefits of HBO Max being available on Samsung Smart TVs?
A: There have been plenty of benefits we’ve found in partnering with Samsung and leaning into Tizen’s distinct operating system. Thanks to Tizen OS, Samsung’s TV and projectors allow us to take HBO Max into many different large-format surfaces and enable high-quality as well as varied interactions with users.
It also offers an integrated, streamlined experience for users for more enjoyable viewing. The HBO Max app will be featured on the launch bar for 2021 and 2022 televisions for convenient access, and we’re leveraging the strength of Tizen’s Universal Guide feature in those regions where it’s available. We have also deepened our integration of HBO Max content into Tizen’s search functionality to provide a more seamless experience for customers from start to finish.
Q: Is there anything you can share on the HBO Max roadmap that, along with Samsung’s Smart TVs, will help provide consumers with more valuable experiences?
A: Samsung is a valued partner of ours and we’re looking forward to building on a solid foundation we’ve built together since the launch of HBO Max. Samsung customers can expect key updates to the app experience in the coming weeks including the addition of 4K, Dolby Atmos and 5.1 audio. Also on the roadmap are enhanced functionality with Bixby, as well as the addition of ‘Continue Watching’ and ‘Personalized Preview’ features that will help to create an even more seamless and customized viewing experience.
Q: Lastly, are there any exciting movies and shows that HBO Max subscribers can look forward to later this year?
A: Absolutely. We are excited about a number of new series and movies set for release throughout the second half of this year and plans for expansion into new markets.
Our team is excited about the recently launched Gossip Girl series reboot, as well as the original film No Sudden Move, plus new Max originals The Sex Lives of College Girls from Mindy Kaling and the next chapter of Sex and the City called And Just Like That. There’s also the return of HBO-favorites including Succession, Insecure and Curb Your Enthusiasm. On the movie front, new Warner Bros. theatrical releases have been and will be released on the platform on the same days as theaters with titles including Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, The Many Saints of Newark and Dune, among others.
1 Over the Top (OTT) Services Market Latest Industry Trends, Size, Share, Statistics, Applications and Competition Strategies by 2028, Fortune Business Insights
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