Samsung’s 3D Smart TV arrives in Ireland


22 Jun 2011

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The Samsung D8000, a 3D LED Smart TV, has arrived in Ireland, offering web connectivity, apps and video-on-demand services.

The 40-inch TV is less than 8mm thick with a brushed titanium bezel. Its touch remote control features a 3-inch LCD screen, letting users continue watching the TV even when they leave the room.

It’s also approved for the free-to-air digital TV service Saorview.

On the TV’s Smart Hub, users can search for content on the television, across the web and on any connected PC, mobile phone or storage device on their home network.

It can access Samsung Apps, the world’s first TV app store. Samsung says its collection of apps is “growing,” and the store currently includes apps for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Betfair, Skype and video-on-demand service Acetrax. Apps can run alongside live TV.

Users can browse the web fully, with the service optimised for the TV. Along with this, they can view RTÉ Player and TV3’s Catch Up services from the web to their TV.

Users can also access Samsung’s “Explore 3D” app, giving them free 3D content.

There is a “Your Video” service which recommends films from web-based, video-on-demand services based on viewing patterns.

The D8000 has Samsung’s 3D Sound Effect for improved sound and 3D HyperReal Engine to enhance visuals.

The TV has Samsung’s Allshare service, which wirelessly connects compatible mobile devices through DNLA technology to share content.

The Samsung D8000 is available now for €1,749, but if you want alternatives, Samsung also mentioned its Smart TV range includes Series 5 to Series 8, with screen sizes from 32 inches to 60 inches. Prices for those models range from €699 to €4,999.

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