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Samsung Unveils Plans to Distribute TV Shows, Movies Through Media Hub

Sep 17, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Samsung has announced the "imminent availability" of its Media Hub media store, where downloads and rentals of video content will be offered for the company’s Galaxy line of phones and tablets, PCMag.com reports.

The content will include programming from MTV Networks, NBC Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros., the story says. Among the devices that will carry it are AT&T’s Samsung Captivate, T-Mobile’s Vibrant, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and upcoming models of the Galaxy Tab.

New NBC shows such as “The Event” will be available the day after their broadcast, according to Michael Schreiber, VP of development for NBC Universal.

The service currently does not support laptops or TVs, according to the story, but indications are that it will be made available for more devices in the future.

The pricing structure appears to be higher than competing services, with TV shows offered for $1.99–about twice what Apple charges for content on the iPhone, the story says.

5 Comments

  1. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  2. Very informative, thanks for clearing up some issues for me! 🙂

  3. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  4. This is getting a bit more subjective, but I much prefer the Zune Marketplace. The interface is colorful, has more flair, and some cool features like ‘Mixview’ that let you quickly see related albums, songs, or other users related to what you’re listening to. Clicking on one of those will center on that item, and another set of “neighbors” will come into view, allowing you to navigate around exploring by similar artists, songs, or users. Speaking of users, the Zune “Social” is also great fun, letting you find others with shared tastes and becoming friends with them. You then can listen to a playlist created based on an amalgamation of what all your friends are listening to, which is also enjoyable. Those concerned with privacy will be relieved to know you can prevent the public from seeing your personal listening habits if you so choose.

  5. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

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