SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK - Writ­ten by Fer­gus Hal­l­i­day

One of the key things that sep­a­rates Sam­sung from its ri­vals is their com­mit­ment to not just bring­ing a prod­uct to mar­ket – but build­ing a liv­ing (and con­stantly evolv­ing) ecosys­tem up around it. The more Sam­sung prod­ucts you own, the more util­ity and value you’ll be able to get out of each one. Put more el­e­gantly, it’s this idea that “this goes with that”.


Whether you’re sit­ting down to watch a new 4K Ul­tra HD block­buster movie or binge-watch­ing exclusive shows like Bet­ter Call Saul and orig­i­nal shows like Wolf Creek on Stan, the Q-Se­ries is one of the best TVs you can buy and a per­fect match for the con­tent you want to watch. Stream­ing video is made eas­ier and bet­ter than ever due to Q-Se­ries’ higher level of per­for­mance, stream­lined de­gree of ac­cess and suite of new Smart TV fea­tures.


A per­fect match for the Sam­sung’s Q-Se­ries of TVs, own­ers of the Galaxy S8 (or any re­cent Sam­sung hand­set) are able to in­stall and use the Sam­sung Smart Con­nect app to dou­ble as a re­mote con­trol for their TV. While a lot of time and ef­fort has gone into the Q-Se­ries’ One Re­mote, this al­ter­na­tive con­trol scheme lets you jump right into your favourite con­tent faster than. You al­ready use your smart­phone for ev­ery­thing else, why not con­trol­ling your TV as well?


It’s easy to use your com­pat­i­ble smart­phone to browse con­tent and con­trol your Sam­sung QLED TV with Sam­sung’s Smart View TV app. Us­ing the app, which eas­ily con­nects to a Sam­sung QLED TV on the same Wi-Fi net­work, you can se­lect a movie or TV from a stream­ing ser­vice like Stan and play it di­rectly on the TV.1 TV con­trol func­tions like chan­nel chang­ing and vol­ume ad­just­ment can also be made through app, which also lets users play pho­tos and videos, as well as screen mir­ror­ing, from a smart­phone to the big screen.


While Sam­sung’s Bixby AI as­sis­tant is con­fined to the Galaxy S8 for now, it won’t be long be­fore sup­port for the cut­ting-edge fea­ture gets rolled into the com­pany’s other prod­uct ranges. In fact, it’s all but cer­tain that the com­pany’s flag­ship Q-Se­ries will be­come in­te­grated with the voice as­sis­tant be­fore the year is up. Once it does, the flood­gates will be open to a truly next-gen­er­a­tion smart TV ex­pe­ri­ence. You’ll be able to com­mand and con­trol your TV us­ing your voice and Bixby will be able to learn from your habits and mould it­self into the un­seen and ubiq­ui­tous en­gine that drives the best home the­atre ex­pe­ri­ence Sam­sung have to of­fer.

They’re hardly the first tech com­pany to try this ap­proach – but they’re one of the rare few to do it this well. And when it comes to the com­pli­men­tary, there are plenty of ex­am­ples to choose from:

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