Samsung Adds Amazon Video App to TVs24 Oct, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Samsung Electronics Oct. 24 said it is incorporating apps in Internet-connected televisions, enabling viewers to watch movies and TV shows via Amazon Instant Video and Amazon Prime.
Amazon Instant Video is the ecommerce behemoth’s transactional video-on-demand platform featuring more than 140,000 movies and TV shows. In addition, subscription-based Amazon Prime members can watch more than 30,000 titles on Prime Instant Video.
The new app has a redesigned user interface that supports advance streaming technologies and features, including “Your Watchlist,” closed captions and tailored content recommendations.
“Streaming video content has emerged as the killer app for our Smart-TV platform. In addition to our current line-up of big brands, Amazon Instant Video has been one of the most commonly requested services from our customers,” said Eric Anderson, VP of content and product solutions with Samsung Electronics America. “We are very proud to say that today we deliver on that request — along with a brand-new UI available for the first time on Samsung TVs.”
To access the Amazon Instant Video app, Samsung TV customers can download the app to Samsung Smart TV and register online. Movies and TV episodes that already have been purchased or rented from Amazon.com will appear automatically on their “Your Video Library” on the Amazon Instant Video app for Samsung Smart TV.
“Our goal is to provide consumers with the best video content on a large amount of connected devices, and we are very excited to offer our customers the ability to rent, purchase or subscribe to movies or TV episodes directly through their Samsung TV,” said Anthony Bay, VP of worldwide digital video for Amazon.com. “Amazon Instant Video looks fantastic on Samsung TVs, and this new version of the app makes it a delight to lean back and enjoy videos with ease.”
In addition to Amazon Instant Video, Samsung smart TVs include Hulu Plus, Netflix, Blockbuster On Demand, YouTube, Vudu, AOL On, Vimeo, BBC News and many others.