Samsung SmartThings TV hub

Samsung has big things planned for the home automation space next year it seems. The company has just announced that its entire line-up of 2016 smart TVs will be internet-of-things ready and can connected up to the company’s SmartThings platform.

In case you missed it, SmartThings is an open IoT platform that allows users to control other smart home devices. This includes products such as lights, thermostats, alarms and even security cameras. Samsung’s announcement means that all of its 2016 smart TVs will be able to act as a hub for your entire smart home. However, Samsung states that an Extend USB adaptor is required in order to support the full range of devices.

“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT ready TVs.” – Hyun Suk Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics

Samsung is integrating its smart home control into a TV interface, so customers won’t need to use separate apps for different products. For example, Alerts from motion sensors or video from a camera can be viewed directly on the TV screen. Samsung is also creating some useful new features for your living room, including a Cinema Mood that adjusts your lighting and  surround sound speakers for a more cinematic viewing experience.

Samsung says that activation date of its SmartThings TV features will vary depending on the region. The company will be showcasing its 2016 smart TV line-up during CES 2016 at the beginning of January.

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Samsung Electronics announced that its entire 2016 Smart TV line-up will be Internet of Things (IoT) ready and connected with the SmartThings platform. SmartThings is an open platform that allows users to connect, manage and control smart devices and IoT services.

Among the 2016 Smart TVs, all Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs will apply IoT hub technology, allowing the TV itself to act as the controller for the entire smart home. Samsung developed its own IoT hub technology with SmartThings for 2016 SUHD TVs.

SUHD TVs can connect with and control Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors, as well as more than 200 other SmartThings compatible devices. These include everything from connected lights and locks to thermostats and cameras, from a wide range of high quality third party manufacturers. For the full support of connectivity with SmartThings compatible devices, SmartThings Extend USB adaptor is required.

At CES 2016, Samsung will showcase the future of TV and demonstrate how Samsung’s Smart TVs are at the center of the expanding IoT ecosystem.

“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT ready TVs.” said Hyun Suk Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

“With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households,” said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings. “Applying this technology into current household devices is a major step forwards that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home.”

SmartThings allows consumers to access all of their smart devices directly from their smartphone and SUHD TV, rather than having to control individual devices with a multitude of separate apps. With the SmartThings application, people can easily connect and manage all of their smart home devices and services through a single, simple user interface.

With an outdoor camera connected to their Samsung Smart TV, customers can check when visitors arrive and choose to open their front door, directly from their sofa. Motion sensor alerts can also pop-up directly on the TV screen, if movement outside the home is picked up, providing more security and peace of mind, whether at home or away.

The SmartThings application’s Cinema Mood also makes it easier than ever to create the perfect home theater environment. It enables consumers to automatically adjust everything from ambient lighting to surround sound, so they can instantly provide the optimal movie viewing experience.

While each 2016 SUHD TV will be enabled with this SmartThings technology, the functionality will be activated regionally as SmartThings expands its platform availability.

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