Samsung is introduce TV Discovery at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The service guides the viewer to video and live TV content. Complete with personalised recommendations and the ability to search across multiple content providers, TV Discovery can be used from upcoming Samsung mobile devices, smart TVs, or both.
TV Discovery integrates real-time programme information from multiple content sources, including traditional live TV, video on demand or online content services such as YouTube. Over time, it also offers personal recommendations based on your viewing and preference history.
“More and more people are starting to expect the same experience from each and every screen they own; whether it’s their smartphone and tablet, TV or camera. TV Discovery is bringing that demand ever closer to becoming a reality, by giving our customers the opportunity to search for and enjoy their favourite TV shows or the latest films wherever they are, whether that’s on the commute into work or sat in their living room,” said Simon Stanford, VP of IM division, Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland.
The service can be used to find and view content on Samsung Smart TVs and supported mobile devices, or to easily transfer or mirror content between connected devices. TV Discovery also transforms a connected tablet into a universal remote control, meaning you can conduct on-demand and live TV programme searches directly from your mobile device and view selections on your Samsung SMART TV.
TV Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in Europe.
TV Discovery features include a universal remote control connecting to all major media devices including cable, satellite, home stereos, DVD and Blu-Ray players.
There will also be a cross-device experience: allows the viewer to project content from a smartphone or tablet, to a TV, or vice-versa.
And there will be social sharing: people can share what they are watching with their friends and family, plus see what they have watched themselves
The Samsung TV Discovery service will launch in the first quarter of 2013 in Europe on all series of Samsung Smart TVs, and in the second quarter of 2013 on upcoming mobile devices.