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Samsung UHD TV to Get Amazon Streaming & Video Pack

Samsung has just struck a deal with Amazon and several other partners to expand its ultra high-definition (UHD) content offerings. The partnerships will give Samsung TVs access to new services including live 4K broadcasting, video-on-demand (VoD) and a long-awaited UHD video pack (at least in the UK and Europe).

4K TV, also known as Ultra-High Definition television, provides a whopping 3,840×2160 pixel resolution – four times regular Full HD. But as good as it looks, the vast majority of 4K TVs are more expensive than 1080p HDTVs, and there’s a real scarcity of native content that makes it hard to justify shelling out for one.

That conundrum means it’s in the interests of TV manufacturers to do everything they can to ensure their customers get more Ultra HD content to watch, and that’s exactly why Samsung is embracing Amazon. From October, Samsung’s UHD TVs will be able to stream content (both movies and TV shows) directly from Amazon’s on-demand video streaming service. Samsung says the service will be available “globally”, although we wouldn’t be surprised to see some countries excluded from the deal.

Amazon’s 4K Ultra HD VoD service, called Prime Instant Video, is scheduled to launch this October, and will compete with the likes of Netflix, which already offers 4K streaming, and DirecTV, which plans to stream 4K content on-demand later this year. For now it appears as though Amazon’s service will be exclusive to Samsung – although Amazon probably won’t be able to resist the temptation of selling its service to other brands once it’s up and running.

Besides Amazon, Samsung is also teaming up with content providers including Chili, Maxdome and Wuaki.tv., to provide even more 4K content. The company gave scant details of these partnerships so we can’t say for sure what countries these services will be offered too.

Finally, the Korean firm says it will show off its long-awaited “UHD video pack” at next month’s IFA show in Berlin. The video pack, which has been produced in association with Fox Home Entertainment and consists of no less than forty 4K movies including Life Of Pi and Star Trek: Into Darkness preloaded on a 500GB media player, was first teased at last January’s CES show in Las Vegas and subsequently released in the USA, but was delayed in the United Kingdom and Europe due to licensing issues. We assume that those problems have now been resolved, and that Samsung UHDTV owners on these shores can look forward to more native 4K content.

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Cablesson 5 x 1 HDMI switcher provides a way to switch between multiple HDMI signals to a single output

Cablesson 5 x 1 switcher provides a way to switch between multiple HDMI signals to a single output. It allows the switching of five inputs and maintains all signal components present within the encoded signal HDCP encryption. It allows the user to easily select from different programme sources without moving cables around. The HDMI switcher can be controlled via front panel push buttons or by the infrared remote control unit that is included. HDTV resolutions of 480p, 720p, 1080i and 1080p are supported.

Compact in size, easy to install and simple to use it allows up to five additional source devices to be attached to a single HDMI port – with superfast switching and 3D capability. The 5×1 HDMI Switch routes high definition video (in multiple resolutions up to 1080p) and digital audio from any one of the five sources to one HDTV. Five inputs accommodate the simultaneous connection of up to five HDMI sources and are switched easily by the IR remote within package.

Compatible with any HDMI equipped device, with the IR over HDMI Magic Eye Kit there is no need to install additional cabling, you can use your existing HDMI cable. You can even use the IR over HDMI Magic Eye Kit with other brands of HDMI Matrix, Switches and Splitters.

Specification.

  • Version 1.3b
  • Deep Color Support.
  • Full 6.75 Gbps
  • Works with HDMI or DVI-DHDCP-enabled HDTV
  • Supports high resolution video 480p, 720i/p, 1080i/p
  • Easy to switch 5 HDMI or DVI-D sources to one display.
  • Backward compatible with DVI-D
  • Remote Control (IR) included. Discrete Code allows direct channel control.
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