At an event in Singapore, Samsung has announced that its ‘Smart TV’ Series 8 (D8000) and Series 7 (D7000) LED TVs, set to be released in Australia in 2011, will be able to wirelessly transmit live TV and other video content to Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets and Galaxy S II smartphones.
The wireless streaming feature will allow Samsung’s 2011 range of 'Smart TV' Series 7 and Series 8 LED TVs to transmit live digital TV, DVD or Blu-ray video — whatever the content type, it is compressed and encoded by the TV and decoded by the mobile device — to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet or Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone when both devices are connected to a wireless home network.
A similar feature was offered on the $10000 Samsung Series 9 LED TV of 2010. The Samsung Series 9's remote control, which had a 3in colour touchscreen, could stream compressed video content from the LED TV using a private wireless network. A dual TV tuner in the Series 9 TV allowed the remote control holder to view a different digital TV channel to whatever was being shown on the Series 9’s main screen.
The wireless streaming function will initially only work with newer Samsung Galaxy devices — specifically the newly announced Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and Galaxy S 2 smartphone. Older Samsung Galaxy devices, like the original Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet and Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, may be able to access the feature in the future #8212; according to Samsung Australia’s vice president of telecommunications, Tyler McGee, the company is investigating whether it is possible to allow the service to run on older Galaxy devices via a software upgrade.
Campbell Simpson travelled to Singapore as a guest of Samsung.