Samsung Internet@TV Adds Hulu Plus Support to HDTVs

CNET has just posted a review of Samsung’s latest LED 6500 HDTV, which includes Ethernet connectivity (Wi-Fi adapter available), DLNA/UPnP (aka AllShare), and apps support via its Internet@TV platform. One of the unexpected additions is Hulu Plus — making it the first HDTV to include the premium offering. CNET claims Hulu Plus on the TV works very well (requires a subscription for $9.99/mo). In addition to Hulu Plus, users can also access content from VUDU, Blockbuster, Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube, and other popular music, news, and video services. Models sizes available: 32, 40, 46, 55, 65 inches. First look video available at CNET.

Related: Samsung has launched the “Free the TV Challenge.” A developer contest with $500K in cash and prizes for the best TV apps (ends 11/11/2010).

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5 Reactions to “Samsung Internet@TV Adds Hulu Plus Support to HDTVs”

  1. wimbers says:

    This is so freaking frustrating. none of the services available in the US are available in europe. besides that, there is no alternative!

    really, it's 2010, and because of the fragmented legislation in europe there is no one big business that is able to stream premium HD content to devices like these.

    i would say its time for a decent US proxy and an import of US spec TV's..

    • The problem is that Hollywood studios don’t want to open up their content, in particular with US-based TV shows, through distribution partners outside the US. Movies, on the hand, are more international in nature so they should eventually be making their way to similar video streaming services once a film is available on DVD in those countries — at least that’s the hope.

      Out of curiosity: which movie streaming services, via their PC or networked TV, are people using outside the US? What’s the catalog like?

      • wimbers says:

        Catalogs differ per country, France has some good services, the BBC in UK are in the lead, but all only for local residents. it seems that the first “W” in the www is not really getting trough in the media industry. but hey, they can always complain about illegal distribution like usenet..

  2. olivierm says:

    I’m excited to see all the creative and new concepts that hackers and developers across the US will invent for this challenge. Follow the contest progress at the Free The TV Blog: