Samsung Makes Their TVs Smarter With Tizen Operating System

Samsung Tizen Smart TV Interface - 2015. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to

Samsung's Smart TV platform is considered one of most comprehensive in use, but things are about to get even more interesting as the Korea-based TV maker is countering competitor's Smart TV interfaces, such as LG's WebOS and Vizio's Internet Apps Plus, with the announcement that all of its 2015 model Smart TVs (as well as its 2016 and model years going forward for the near future) will incorporate the Tizen operating system.

What makes this move important? According to Won Jin Lee, Samsung's Executive VP for Visual Display: "Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated system...Tizen not only enriches the entertainment experience for our customers today, but unlocks great potential for the future in home entertainment." In practical terms, here is what the Tizen platform is enabling Samsung to do.

Smart Hub Redesign: Samsung has updated both the look and navigation system of its well-known Smart Hub onscreen menu system. When accessing the Smart Hub users will see their most recently viewed content, as well as new recommendations based on previous viewing habits. From there, access to all the functions of Smart Hub will be more intuitive and faster.

Improved Synch For Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth: With increased use of portable devices, such as smartphones and tablets, Samsung is provided be integration of those devices with your TV viewing by incorporating a "one-click" feature for streaming or sharing audio and video content via Wi-Fi Direct or Bluetooth.

In fact, if you have a compatible device (Samsung indicates their own branded Smartphones and Tablets - which run on Android) that are in use, the TV will automatically search and lock on it for direct streaming or sharing. In addition, with the TV and mobile device sharing a direct "connection" viewers can watch live TV content on their mobile device anywhere within range of their home network - and as added bonus, the TV doesn't have to remain on

Also, in addition to the incorporation of the Tizen system, Samsung has also announced a new group of content provider partnerships that brings even more flexibility to its Smart TVs. Here is just some of what is offered, planned to be offered via firmware updates as implementation continues:

PlayStation Now: This is a very interesting move by Samsung. PlayStation Now is a Sony game service available in North America that will offer PlayStation gaming (P3 Games) via the Cloud with no PlayStation console required.

Samsung Sports Live (pending): Viewers can watch live games and view player and team stats on the TV screen at the same time.

Just Dance Now: Users will be able to play and dance in front of their TVs using the Samsung Smart Remote and Samsung mobile devices. The game supports multiple players, so even more friends and family can join in the fun.

Bingo HOME - Race to Earth: A progressive bingo game that includes casual, shared gaming on the TV and smart devices already found in the home (from DreamWorks Animation).

Milk Video: Samsung’s Milk Video is a library of popular and interesting online video content from a growing list of content providers (about 50 so far).

The Tizen Operating System and new content partners was first demonstrated at the 2015 CES.

Official Samsung-Tizen Announcement