Samsung to Offer Blockbuster OnDemand on HDTV's, Home Theater Systems, Blu-ray Players

Video rental company, Blockbuster , and Samsung Electronics America announced Tuesday that they are partnering to provide over-the-top access to Blockbuster's broadband VOD service, Blockbuster OnDemand, on select new Samsung HDTV sets, home theater systems and Blu-ray players. The companies also said that, as part of their agreement, Blockbuster OnDemand will have preferred positioning on Samsung's Blu-ray interfaces, and that Blockbuster will sell Samsung Blu-ray players with integrated Blockbuster OnDemand service in "thousands" of its...

Netflix in Over-the-Top-TV Deal with Sony Electronics

--Has Also Recently Signed OTT Deals with Microsoft, LG, Roku, Samsung, TiVo, Vizio
DVD rental service provider, Netflix , last week announced another over-the-top deal for its service with a consumer electronics company: starting in the fall, subscribers to Netflix's unlimited plan (priced from $8.99 per month) will be able to instantly watch more than 12,000 streamed movies and TV episodes on Sony Electronics' Bravia Internet-connected HDTV sets, as well as on previous Bravia models equipped with Sony's Bravia Internet video link module, the company said. The other...

Time Warner Cable, Samsung in Agreement for tru2way Set-Top Development, Purchase and Deployment

The US's second-largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable , and consumer electronics giant, Samsung , announced Monday that they have signed a "letter of commitment" for the continued development, purchase and deployment of Samsung tru2way-enabled set-top boxes, including the MSO's first second-source DVR. "We look to offer our customers advanced set-top boxes with features that are simple and easy to use," Mike Hayashi, Time Warner Cable's EVP of advanced engineering, said in a prepared statement...

Samsung to Offer Twitter Widget on its Internet@TV Platform

Consumer electronics manufacturer, Samsung , says it is set to launch a Twitter widget on Internet@TV , an Internet-based TV widget service which it announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and which is based on the Yahoo! Widget Engine (note: the service, which is available on Samsung's LED 6000, 7000 and 8000-series HDTV sets, as well as on the company's 6- and 7-series LCD screens, offers a range of JavaScript- and XML-based mini-applications,...

Consortium Developing Standard for Radio Frequency-Based Remotes

Consumer electronics giants, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Panasonic,
announced last week that they are collaborating on the development of
a standardized specification for radio frequency-based remote controls
for audio-visual consumer electronics devices. Together with Freescale
Semiconductors, OKI and Texas Instruments, the companies have
formed an RF4CE (stands for "Radio Frequency for Consumer
Electronics") Consortium that will attempt to create a new protocol to enable the development of radio frequency remote controls that offer
richer communication, increased reliability and more flexible use.