Napster Taps Accedo Broadband to Help it Launch Connected-TV App for the Samsung Apps Platform

--LG Electronics to Unveil "Smart TV" at IFA

Online music pioneer, Napster, on Wednesday unveiled an interactive TV application for Samsung's Samsung Apps platform (note: for more on the latter, which is available on a number of Samsung's connected TV's, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray home theater systems, see the article published on itvt.com, September 1st). Napster tapped Accedo Broadband, a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, to help it develop, test and launch the new app.

According to Napster, the app brings its catalog of over 10 million on-demand songs to the living room, and allows users to instantly stream their favorite music, browse new releases and top songs, search for specific artists, albums and tracks, and easily discover new music. Napster members can use the app to quickly pull up their playlists, the company says, discover new artists by tuning into Napster radio stations, and quickly generate a long-playing "Automix" of music from their favorite artist. The app also includes playable Billboard charts dating back to 1955.

The new Napster app is currently available on select 2010 Samsung TV's 40-inches and above, as well as on certain 2010 Samsung Blu-ray players and home theater systems. While a Napster subscription is required in order to use the app, Samsung customers who are new to Napster can sign up for a free 14-day trial that will allow them to experience the service both through the app and through their Web browser.

In other connected-TV news: LG Electronics said Wednesday that it will unveil a "Smart TV" at the IFA trade show in Germany later this week. The new connected TV, which is slated to be commercially available in 2011, is based on the company's NetCast platform. According to the company, it will feature a gesture-based point-and-click remote, called the Magic Motion Remote Control, an app store, and "quick link" access to a range of OTT video services, including YouTube, Maxdome and MLB.tv. Among other things, LG is touting the new TV set's "Home Dashboard" interface, which it bills as "let[ting] viewers use applications and access a range of premium content all on a single screen. Just like an Internet portal," the company states in its press materials, "Home Dashboard helps viewers select their favorite content instantly without having to browse numerous Web sites." The company also says that consumers will be able to easily upload their own content to the new set, and transfer content wirelessly from the set to their smartphone.

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