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
Samsung Electronics will unveil the Odyssey OLED G8 (Model Name: G85SB) — another premium addition to the Odyssey lineup — at IFA 2022 in Berlin, Germany, further reinforcing the Odyssey’s industry-leading position. The Odyssey OLED G8 is the company’s first OLED gaming monitor and will be available in an ultra-thin, 34-inch form factor, delivering brilliant brightness on an OLED panel partnered with Quantum Dot Technology and packed full of premium gaming features including an incredibly low 0.1ms response time and 175Hz refresh rate.
The new 34-inch Odyssey OLED G8 is built to an ultra-slim thickness of 3.9mm at its thinnest part — the slimmest in its product category — and finished with a sleek, metal frame. The monitor requires no backlighting, while delivering true RGB and true black for maximum color accuracy and brightness — all without a color filter. The lighting is controlled in pixels which can be expressed in black with a near-infinite contrast ratio.
The ultra-wide, QHD resolution (3,440 x 1,440) gaming monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio with 100% color volume and DCI-99.3% color gamut for incredible visuals regardless of the game being played. This is enhanced by a million-to-one static contrast ratio to bring out the most subtle details for enhanced immersion and 1800R curvature for the perfect playing view.
The Odyssey OLED G8 is packed with gaming features to give any player a competitive edge. First, the OLED monitor is VESA DisplayHDR 400 True Black Certified, ensuring content will appear vivid and life-like with accurate color and contrast reproduction. In addition to the rapid response time and refresh rate of the Odyssey OLED G8, which gives gamers lightning-quick response capabilities and real-world accuracy in a range of gaming environments, the monitor is further enhanced by AMD FreeSync Premium for smooth gameplay.
The Odyssey OLED G8 also enables users to experience the best of gaming, entertainment and lifestyle features all in one place. The display operates as a complete entertainment hub with the ability to stream content through Samsung’s Smart Hub, giving access to the latest shows on Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube and other leading OTT (over-the-top) service providers, even without a connection to a PC or mobile device. In addition, users can enjoy free live content without the need for downloads or sign-ups, made possible by Samsung TV Plus.
The integrated IoT hub allows the users to check all the IoT devices wirelessly connected to the monitor, while the SmartThings app allows users to monitor IoT devices throughout the house with ease. The app’s intuitive control panel can help monitor and adjust settings such as temperature and humidity.
Samsung Gaming Hub1 — an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform — is built into the Odyssey OLED G8. Players can discover and play games from partners such as Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna (U.S. Only), with instant access to top streaming services. This capability is powered by Samsung’s advanced game streaming technology for smooth visuals and responsive gameplay, all with no downloads or storage space requirements.
The Odyssey OLED G8 also gives users comfort as they play their favorite games. A Height Adjustable Stand (HAS), as well as Tilt functionality, provides ergonomic efficiency which means any gamer can find the perfect position regardless of what they are playing, whether it be a racing game or an open world fantasy adventure.
For further visual immersion, the display is equipped with the Odyssey portfolio’s well-known CoreSync & Core Lighting+ which has been upgraded for the Odyssey OLED G8. Found on the rear of the monitor, this advanced lighting technology matches the colors on-screen, bringing content to life with bright and vivid colors that create more memorable, immersive experiences. Moreover, the Odyssey OLED G8 is equipped with Micro HDMI (2.1), Mini DP (1.4) and USB-C ports for versatile connectivity, in addition to a 5W stereo speaker for crisp sound.
The Odyssey OLED G8 will be available globally from Q4 2022, with launch schedules varying by region.
1 Samsung Gaming Hub only available in select countries: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, Spain, U.S. and U.K.
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Samsung Electronics, the world’s leading TV manufacturer for 16 consecutive years, today announced a collaboration with Prime Video that offers fans the opportunity to experience exclusive 8K content from the much anticipated The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series only on Samsung’s cutting-edge screens.
Before the September 2nd series premiere on Prime Video, Tolkienites and Ringers alike also will have early access to exclusive content only with Samsung. Today in New York City, Samsung will host an exclusive sneak peek screening event featuring 25 minutes of content from the series’ first two episodes on its three-story LED video wall at Samsung 837 — its flagship experience center. Starting this week, dynamic creative from the series will debut on Samsung’s landmark LED digital screens overlooking New York City’s Times Square, London’s Piccadilly Circus and Milan’s Piazza del Duomo.
Samsung will be the first to offer series content in 8K resolution through a custom trailer with exclusive scenes. Viewers will have the opportunity to experience the epic journey in unimaginable depth and detail on Samsung Neo QLED 8K TVs and “The Wall” 8K Micro LED displays. Opportunities for fans to access the exclusive 8K trailer will be announced soon.
“Collaborations such as this mark a major milestone in bringing 8K — the most premium display technology — to the forefront for viewers,” said Simon Sung, Executive Vice President and Head of the Sales & Marketing Team of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “For the first time, fans can experience the stunning imagery of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Samsung Neo QLED 8K TVs.”
“When considering how to immerse our global fans in the world of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Samsung’s exceptional technology and screens felt like a natural fit,” said Jennifer Verdick, Head of Partnerships, Synergy and Consumer Events’ at Prime Video. “Samsung’s depth, detail and incredible passion for the series has started us on an amazing journey together — one we can’t wait for audiences to experience.”
The leader in the development of 8K display technology, Samsung’s Neo QLED 8K series TV’s deliver the most immersive home entertainment experience available today. Whether it’s the stunning vistas of the Khazad-Dûm, the majestic forests of the elf-capital Lindon, or the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, fans can experience the Second Age of Middle-earth in pristine 8K resolution thanks to Samsung’s Neural Quantum Processor 8K while being enveloped in the action thanks to Dolby Atmos and Object Tracking Sound — a Samsung technology that follows the action on the screen.
For more details, please visit www.samsung.com.
About The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
More info on The Rings of Power can be found here: www.amazon.com/lotr.
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Samsung Electronics Showcases Odyssey Lineup at Gamescom 2022 Offering Ultimate Entertainment ExperiencesBy STF News
Samsung Electronics today unveiled its latest gaming screen lineup at Gamescom 2022, including the groundbreaking Odyssey Ark and the Odyssey G70B and G65B. The Odyssey Ark, announced earlier this month, is the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, with a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG) and all new Cockpit Mode.
“As the world’s largest gaming event, Gamescom represents an opportunity for Samsung to showcase our latest gaming innovations that will deliver the incredible future of gaming to player communities around the world,” said Hyesung Ha, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The awe-inspiring Odyssey Ark and super smart new G70B and G65B reinforce our expertise, while opening up a new world of possibilities through these gaming screens.”
Odyssey Ark: Ultimate Entertainment Screen With Superior Gaming Performance
The Odyssey Ark represents a new frontier in gaming with its unrivaled picture quality and cinematic surround sound. The world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved screen provides an immersive view that wraps around the user’s peripheral vision, enhanced by Cockpit Mode which optimizes the screen environment with HAS (Height Adjustable Stand), tilt and pivot functionality. Quantum Matrix Technology powered by Quantum Mini LED enables ultra-fine and precise control of the densely packed LEDs with newly added 14-bit processing, enhanced by 16,384 black levels and a million-to-one static contrast ratio which showcases every detail in perfect clarity.
The Odyssey Ark is the ultimate entertainment screen, made possible by Samsung’s proprietary Matte Display and Sound Dome Technology. With both anti-glare and anti-reflection protection, users can watch, work and play without distractions, while surrounding themselves with cinematic sound delivered through four speakers at each corner and two central woofers — resulting in a 60W 2.2.2 channel with the lowest 45Hz notes of any gaming screen or gaming soundbar.
The Odyssey Ark is equipped with all the necessary features to deliver the best gaming, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. Smart Hub integrates essential IoT devices and functionality, allowing users to monitor and adjust settings such as temperature and humidity through the SmartThings app. Plus, a simple Wi-Fi connection enables a full smart TV experience, giving access to popular streaming apps and free live content with no downloads or sign-ups made possible by Samsung TV Plus.
In addition to a 165Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (GtG) with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, the Odyssey Ark offers Samsung Gaming Hub,1 an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform where players can discover and play the games they love with no downloads or storage space requirements.
Furthermore, Odyssey Ark is equipped with Ark Dial, a solar-powered controller which is exclusive to the Ark screen, allowing the quick and easy control of settings such as Flex Move Screen, Multi View, Quick Settings and Game Bar.2 In addition to being equipped with a solar panel, the Ark Dial can also be charged by a USB Type-C connection.
Odyssey G70B & G65B: Smart Services and Even Slicker Gameplay
Newly unveiled at Gamescom 2022 are the Odyssey G70B and G65B gaming monitors. These are the first models in the Odyssey lineup which have both Samsung’s Smart Platform and Samsung Gaming Hub embedded.
Both the G70B and G65B provide smart functionality, including the option to create a home office environment even without a PC. The monitors conveniently connect with various IT devices and services all from one screen for an ultra-efficient working environment. Users can wirelessly connect to a Windows or Mac PC, use Samsung DeX, mirror a smartphone screen onto the monitor using Apple AirPlay 2 as well as access Microsoft 365 cloud services. Users can also watch the latest shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime and other leading OTT (over-the-top) service providers.
In addition to the IoT functionality also available on the Odyssey Ark, the G70B and G65B are equipped with a high-sensitivity Far Field Voice microphone, allowing users to control the device with voice assistants such as Bixby and Amazon Alexa. The Always On Voice3 function allows users to interact with Bixby even when the monitor is turned off, while displaying conversation related information on the monitor’s screen.
The G70B is available in 28- and 32-inch sizes, offering a 144Hz refresh rate and a 1ms response time (GtG). These capabilities are packaged up in a UHD resolution, flat IPS display that is enhanced by NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro for smooth gameplay.
The G65B is offered in 27- and 32-inch size option and is equipped with a 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time (GtG). The QHD, 1000R curved display comes with FreeSync Premium Pro for a flawless gaming experience that will give any player a competitive edge.
Samsung Gaming Hub — available on both the G70B and G65B — allows instant access to top streaming services from partners such as Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna (U.S. Only). Plus, users can access popular console and PC games to journey throughout the gaming universe, powered by Samsung’s advanced game streaming technology for smooth visuals and responsive gameplay. In addition to Samsung Gaming Hub, the two new Odyssey models offer Game Bar, a powerful tool enabling gamers to quickly and easily view the status of gaming settings and modify response time or screen ratio, as well as Game Picture mode, without ever needing to leave the game screen.
Samsung’s Odyssey Ark is now available for preorder globally, while the G70B and G65B will be available globally from Q4.
To experience and learn more about Samsung’s latest gaming display innovations, please visit the Samsung booth at Gamescom in Hall 9 in the Koelnmesse, Cologne, August 24-28, 2022. For additional information on Samsung’s Odyssey gaming lineup, please visit https://displaysolutions.samsung.com/gaming-monitor/odyssey-ark.
You can also visit the Samsung Odyssey Twitch channel to explore the gaming of tomorrow: https://www.twitch.tv/samsungodyssey.
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.
2 Game Bar is supported for PC & console gaming, but not for Gaming Hub.
3 Availability of voice assistant services may vary by region.
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Samsung Electronics today announced the global launch of Odyssey Ark, the world’s first 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen, adding a completely new form factor to the industry-leading Odyssey lineup. The huge display delivers a 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time (GtG),1 plus an all new Cockpit Mode and an exclusive controller, the Ark Dial — offering the ultimate window into the world of gaming with unparalleled immersion.
“We are excited to unveil this totally unique, next-generation gaming screen, the Odyssey Ark. This 55-inch 1000R curved gaming screen brings together premium, cinematic picture quality, immersive surround sound and an incredibly flexible interface which gamers increasingly demand,” said Hyesung Ha, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “The gaming community craves new experiences and Odyssey Ark delivers access to a new world of gaming that will raise standards across the entire industry.”
The groundbreaking Odyssey Ark is built to deliver incredible cinematic experiences, superior gaming performance and an interface that offers completely optimized flexibility. Originally unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year, the Odyssey Ark was recognized as a CES Innovation Award Honoree.
A New Cinematic Experience That Appeal to The Senses
The large 55-inch screen wraps around the user’s field of view thanks to its 1000R curvature, filling their peripheral vision. This is further emphasized by Cockpit Mode, which enables the screen to rotate with HAS (Height Adjustable Stand), tilt and pivot functionality for an optimal screen environment that creates a new sense of world-blending immersion.
The Odyssey Ark brings Samsung’s Quantum Matrix Technology to bear, using Quantum Mini LEDs, which enable ultra-fine and precise control of the densely packed LEDs. With newly added 14-bit processing, a sophisticated lighting control technology, gamers see both dark and bright scenes, including 16,384 black levels for ultra-realistic graphics.
A million-to-one static contrast ratio brings out even the most subtle details with perfect clarity. Plus, the Neural Quantum Processor Ultra takes content quality to new heights by using data generated from 20 neural networks to enhance every visual detail, upscaling content to up to 4K resolution.
For supreme cinematic experience, the Odyssey Ark leverages Samsung’s Matte Display and Sound Dome Technology. The Matte Display provides both anti-glare and anti-reflection protection, minimizing distractions and keeps users focused on the content in front of them. The Odyssey Ark introduces magnificent sound with ‘Sound Dome Tech’ featuring AI Sound Booster and Dolby Atmos to enhance the surround sound experience. Four speakers, one at each corner, and two central woofers result in realistic and rich sound thanks to a 60W 2.2.2 channel with the lowest 45Hz notes of any gaming screen or gaming soundbar.
Superior Gaming Performance Optimized for Players
Along with the 165Hz refresh rate, the Odyssey Ark brings together a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) resolution featuring 1ms response time (GtG) with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, maximizing on-screen accuracy and giving gamers a competitive edge in fast-moving environments. The Odyssey Ark also delivers powerful gaming performance and enables gamers to experience the best of gaming in one place with Samsung Gaming Hub.2 Samsung Gaming Hub is an all-in-one game streaming discovery platform, where players can discover and enjoy games they love from partners such as Xbox, NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia, Utomik and Amazon Luna.
Samsung Gaming Hub allows instant access to top streaming services, as well as popular console and PC games. With no downloads or storage space requirements, users can explore every corner of the gaming world without limitations.
Flexible Interface To Find The Perfect Settings for Victory
Gamers increasingly expect personalized and customizable gaming experiences. The Odyssey Ark provides a range of innovative features that let gamers adjust screen size, position and even ratio for an optimal gaming setup. First, the solar-powered Ark Dial — the exclusive controller for the Odyssey Ark — can quickly and simply control a variety of settings, including Flex Move Screen, Multi View, Quick Settings and Game Bar.
Flex Move Screen 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 just one touch of Ark Dial. This freedom is not only horizontal but also vertical position, giving users even more control of the viewing experience. Multi View allows users to use the large screen to its full potential by displaying up to four screens all at once while horizontal, or three while in Cockpit Mode. This eliminates the need for multi-monitor setups, so gamers can enjoy a clutter-free environment.
Game Bar3 is a powerful tool enabling gamers to quickly and easily view their gaming status and control important settings without ever needing to leave the game screen. From checking FPS (Frames Per Second), HDR (High Dynamic Range) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), to adjusting settings such as screen ratio, response time and Game Picture mode, Game Bar puts the player in control and on the road to victory.
As well as being equipped with a solar panel, the Ark Dial can also be charged by a USB Type-C connection, eliminating the need for any disposable batteries.
Preorder for Samsung’s Odyssey Ark will be available from August 15, 2022.4 For more information, please visit: Samsung.com.
Model G97NB Display Screen Size 55” Flat / Curved 1000R Curved Aspect Ratio 16:9 Processor Neural Quantum Processor Ultra Matte Display Yes Back Light Unit Quantum Mini LED(Local Dimming) HDR(High Dynamic Range) Quantum HDR 2000 Contrast Ratio Static 1,000,000 : 1 Resolution 3,840 x 2,160 Response Time 1ms (GTG) Refresh Rate Max 165Hz Gaming Features VRR FreeSync Premium Pro Samsung Gaming Hub Yes Others Ark Dial, Flex Move Screen, Multi View, Game Bar, Game Mode General Features Auto Source Switch + Yes Eye Saver Mode Yes Flicker Free Yes Adaptive Picture Yes Off Timer Plus Yes Sound Sound Output 60W Channel 2.2.2ch (4 speakers and 2 woofers) Frequency Response 45Hz ~ 20KHz Dolby Atmos Yes Interface HDMI HDMI 2.1 (4EA), HDMI-CEC Lan Port RJ45 (1EA) Design Color Black Stand Type Height Adjustable Stand (HAS) Tilt Yes Pivot Yes (Cockpit Mode) Wall Mount Yes (200×200, 300×300, 400×400)
1 Gray to Gray. A unit of measurement of pixel speed. Used to measure the response time of gaming monitors.
2 Samsung Gaming Hub is available in the following countries/regions: US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Korea and Brazil. Service availability for partners may vary by region.
3 Game Bar supports PC & console gaming but does not support the Samsung Gaming Hub.
4 Preorder may vary by region or country
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