A Smart Hub for Smart TVs

Sam­sung’s Smart Hub com­bines ac­cess to stream­ing video, mu­sic, games and more all in one place.

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK - Writ­ten by Jon Bragg

The Smart Hub ap­pears as a rib­bon at the bot­tom of the screen, and is built to be fast and re­spon­sive for easy ac­cess and tran­si­tion be­tween a va­ri­ety of ma­jor video, mu­sic and gam­ing plat­forms.

Subscription video ser­vices like Stan, Net­flix, Foxtel Play and Ama­zon Prime Video, catch-up video from ABC iView and SBS On De­mand, and mu­sic stream­ing through Spo­tify are all sup­ported.

Hover over an app like Net­flix to see what shows you’ve been watch­ing, and even view thumb­nail pre­views of con­tent be­fore com­mit­ting to a show or movie.

Live TV and con­nected de­vices are also dis­played on the Smart Hub, mak­ing it easy to switch be­tween all the dif­fer­ent func­tion­al­i­ties of the QLED TV in one place. High-qual­ity HDR video is avail­able through se­lect Net­flix con­tent us­ing the HDR10 stan­dard and, in a part­ner­ship be­tween Sam­sung and Ama­zon Video, all QLED TVs also take ad­van­tage of the newly de­vel­oped HDR10+ stan­dard, lever­ag­ing dy­namic me­ta­data for en­hanced con­trast and colour while watch­ing sup­ported con­tent.

All QLED TVs also fea­ture built-in sup­port for Steam Link, which al­lows games from the pop­u­lar gam­ing plat­form Steam to be streamed from a com­puter to the TV.

Alerts can also be set up through Smart Hub to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing when a user’s favourite sports team is sched­uled to play.

Smart Hub makes en­ter­tain­ment sim­ple in a sin­gle stream­lined pack­age.

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