At the annual Mobile World Congress, Samsung will introduce Video Discovery, a service that provides consumers with a faster and easier way to find and enjoy live TV and video content. Complete with personalized recommendations and the ability to search across multiple content providers, the service can be used from upcoming Samsung mobile devices, Smart TVs, or both.
Video Discovery vastly simplifies the content search process by integrating and relaying real-time program 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 the user’s viewing and preference history.
The service can be used to find and view content on Samsung SMART TVs and supported mobile devices; or to seamlessly transfer or mirror content between connected devices. Video Discovery also transforms a connected tablet into a universal remote control, allowing users to conduct live TV and on-demand program searches directly from the mobile device and view selections on their Samsung SMART TV.
Video Discovery will initially aggregate content from Netflix and Blockbuster in the US and Acetrax, Wuaki, MovieMax, FilmIn, Chili, Pathé and SF Anytime in the European Countries.
Video Discovery includes 5 different specific features, which are universal remote control, personalized recommendations, one stop search, cross-device experience, and social sharing.
Universal Remote Control
Universal Remote Control connects to all major media devices including cable, satellite, home stereos, DVD and Blu-Ray players, so users no longer need multiple remote controls to manage their content choices.
Personalized Recommendations enables discovery of the most relevant content through personal recommendations.
One stop Search
One stop Search enables users to find films, TV shows and on-demand video from popular sources in a single search.
Cross-Device Experience allows users to project content from a smartphone, tablet to a TV, or vice-versa.
Social Sharing users can share what they’re watching with friends and see what they have watched through Samsung TV Discovery.
The Video Discovery service will launch in the first quarter of 2013 in Korea, the US and 14 European countries including UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain on all series of Samsung 2013 SMART TV and will launch in the second quarter of 2013 in the US, Korea and 14 European countries including UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain on mobile devices.