Samsung smart TV’s- TV has never been this smart.
As a centrepiece in your home, Samsung Smart TV is dedicated to giving you access to the world of content beyond streaming. It also offers you brilliant colour with incredible contrast through deep blacks and dramatic depth.
Apart from the initial setup of your smart TV to switching through different entertainment apps, Samsung provides seamless connections and several smart features. To make your experience even more seamless, one remote brings all control into your hand that also has Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant.
The Samsung TV host a large collection of apps ranging from entertainment, fashion, sports, infotainment and much more. With the Samsung Smart TVs substantial up-gradation this last year, a world a 4K content awaits with 4K to LED TVs.
Samsung offers you the best of local and international streaming TV apps for a modern, boundless and no hassle home entertainment experience. Some of the Samsung smart TV apps that provide you with this facility are Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, Spotify that are available to download from the Smart Hub Store. The smart hub store in Samsung Smart TV is your gateway into a new world of advanced features that will wow you in a very new way.
The list of 10 most essential must download Samsung Smart TV apps and narrow down that will bring the whole world of entertainment at your fingertips.
Netflix is an American media service provider which offers online streaming of a library of films and television programs, including those produced in-house like stranger things, House of Cards, Daredevil and Sacred Games.
Netflix service plans are presently divided into three price tiers, the lowest offers streaming on a single device, then the high definition streaming on two devices and lastly the “Platinum” tiers allow simultaneous streaming on up to four devices, and 4K streaming on supported devices and internet connections.
Having said that for folks who are series watcher maniacs and like their shows uncensored then Netflix, the largest streaming service around is a place you all can rely on.
2. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is a steal deal when their video service comes bundled with their Prime delivery all in Rs999/ year.
Apart from the good original shows like Breathe, Inside edge and many more, it also provides additional American TV shows show classics like The Office, Two and a Half Men and many more. It seems to be the cherry on the cake when it comes to their catalogue of Bollywood movies. They have newer movies such as Sultan, Kaabil, The Hindi medium and old movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge as well. To top it all Amazon Prime membership now gives you access to prime music as well.
Having said that, it’s kind of a no-brainer to have annual Prime subscription for just Rs999 to enjoy all the above.
3. Hulu ( US only)
Hulu offers a strong library of shows and movies as well as a robust live TV option. It has a deep catalogue of content including full seasons and full series worth of episodes. In the animation genre, there is Animaniacs, Archer and Pinky and the brain. Comedy genre includes Broad City, How I Met Your Mother and Seinfeld. Fans of drama have Bones, The good wife and Grey’s Anatomy.
Hulu with Live TV now provides 51 National cable channels and 593 local TV affiliates all at $39.99 per month. Hulu subscription service is a worthy investment, especially now that it offers a commercial-free premium tier.
4. BBC iPlayer
BBC iPlayer is an internet streaming, television and radio service from the BBC.
It offers a free streaming service for people living in the UK. It contains a slew of TV shows, movies and documentaries available to stream.
It has some of the best TV shows like Atlanta, Fleabag, Better things, One Girl, There She Goes, Killing Eve and Luther.
But the catch is that in the current system, the first episode of a popular series often vanishes from iPlayer before the final programme has been shown. However, BBC will be allowed to keep programmes on its iPlayer service for up to a year after they are the first broadcast.
Note that viewing live television broadcasts, in the UK without a TV licence is a criminal offence.
5. All 4 (UK only)
All 4, a video-on-demand service from the channel 4 television Corporation covers content from channel 4, E4 and more 4. It includes a huge catch-up window, an ever-expanding library of programmes.
Channel 4 has been creating quality programmes like A Very British Coup and Peep Show for over 30 years.
Some other shows include Inbetweeners, black mirror, The IT crowd, humans, Brass Eye, Top Boy and Greenwing etc.
Plex is a client-server media player that allows you to aggregate all your personal media and access it anywhere you go. Plex media server organises audio and visual content from personal media libraries and streams it to their player counterparts, either on the same machine or over the Internet.
By using the Plex web app, users can manage their libraries, server settings and watch content from their browser-based interface. Moreover, it can support the high-resolution 4K videos that give you much detail video quality as it has improved in the last few years making it incredibly versatile as a streaming service.
7. HBO Now
HBO service is a video-on-demand service which is available as a standalone service and does not require a television subscription to use, targeting cord cutters who use competing services such as Netflix and Hulu.
For $15 per month, you can grab a standalone HBO Now subscription and drop cable TV for good. HBO has 75 plus original TV series and its library and the shows are so good that it the alone can justify the cost. Some of these include Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, The Wire, The Sopranos, True Detective, Westworld Rome, Deadwood, Silicon Valley, The Pacific, The leftovers and Veep. And the best part is that you can start streaming shows as soon as they start airing live on TV, meaning you can stay caught up on shows like Game of Thrones and not have to worry about spoilers the next day.
HBO Now is only available to customers in the US and certain US territories.
YouTube is a free video-sharing website that allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users.
YouTube is a platform to get your fill of range if the content of everything from video clips, TV show clips, music videos documentary films to other contents such as video blogging, educational and motivational videos.
YouTube has carried out early experiments with live streaming too.
YouTube Premium offers ad-free access to all content including exclusive content commissioned from notable personalities.
Spotify is a wonderful, albeit, slightly flawed music service that will completely alter the music industry for better.
It is dang exciting because it brings all of the world’s music at your fingertips.
With the Spotify free plan, you can access all playlists, discover new music, share tunes with friends, listen to tunes picked by Spotify’s Radio feature. Spotify makes clever ad placing itself in movies and TV with Elite and Lifestyle theme giving an impression of a status symbol rather than a music service. It is a neat psychological trick that helped in its successful marketing.
10. VUDU ( US only)
VUDU is a video streaming app that is on a pay per view basis. It does not charge any subscription fee and there is no cost in having a VUDU account. With VUDU, you can pay for movies and TV shows individually.
You can also buy or rent new releases in SD, HDX, and 4K UHD.
One additional feature is that if you see a better price for a digital movie on Prime Video, Google Play, or iTunes? Buy it there and you can watch it on VUDU.
Now you might have certain queries about accessing and using Samsung apps on Samsung Smart TV.
Here are some pointers on how to purchase, download and use Samsung apps.
Firstly you need to set up a Samsung account. For doing this, go to the HOME screen settings> general>system manager> Samsung account>select create an account.
For older models go to the HOME screen> settings >System settings> Samsung account and then select create an account.
You can either build your Samsung account by using your email address or log in with Facebook or PayPal account. For 2010 models, create a Samsung apps account on Samsung apps website.
To login your account on the TV: Press the MENU/ 123 button on your remote. Click on MENU placed over the upper left corner of the screen. Select Smart Hub> select Samsung account > select sign in> Enter your email address and password > select sign in again > choose an image and finally select DONE.
Accessing and using apps: 2015 to present
Samsung 2015 line of smart TVs features a brand new smart have a web platform that’s built around the open-source Tizen operating system. Smart Hub has a streamlined interface that allows you to get to your apps faster. It offers a large selection of movie, games, music and other apps and Samsung has more 4K apps due to deals with M-Go, DirecTV and Comcast.
1. Press the HOME of smart hub button on your remote or select the HOME menu displayed across the bottom of the screen.
Smart Hub 2015 delivers exactly all that what are consumer acquires for that is it is faster, simpler, access to hottest media and gaming apps
- Selecting apps takes you to a full-screen display of the preloaded apps in My Apps with other category links that include apps that you can download, install and add in My Apps by clicking the app’s icon.
- Selecting the app takes you to install page for that app giving information about the app. Click INSTALL to get the app. Also, a search feature located on the top right corner of any of the app menu screens lets you find your desired App easily. Note that, not all apps are free and may require a fee. So, if any payment is needed you’ll the prompted to provide that information.
Samsung apps on TV from 2011- 2014
Accessing apps and setting up an account is the same as mentioned above for a 2011 model.
With 2011 models, the Samsung app Home screen has categorised the apps into three options namely video, lifestyle and sports.
Samsung Apps on 2010 TVS
From models prior to 2011, you can access Samsung apps by going to the INTERNET@TV.
You can purchase or download apps on 2010 Samsung TV models by creating your account followed by adding money to your apps account online.
You can also buy App Cash in My Account section of Samsung apps on your smart TV. However, there is a certain limit of downloading apps due to little storage space of the TV, you can delete apps to free up space. This can be done by pressing the button next to the Buy Now button that lets you manage apps and delete them.