Samsung’s next smart TV could be powered by Boxee

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Samsung’s smart TV business is about to get a bit more serious for the company. Earlier this week news surfaced that the Korean electronics giant had acquired Boxee, a small company that previously developed the Boxee media centre software, and more recently partnered with D-Link to bring Boxee-powered set-top boxes to the lounge.

Samsung says hopes to use Boxee’s talent to further develop its own internet-enabled devices. Since Boxee’s software (a heavily modified version of XBMC), is a very internet-centric media delivery system, it’s fair to assume that a Boxee-like experience could be coming to Samsung’s future smart TVs.

It’s an interesting development in the race to get control of users’ lounges. Microsoft’s already pushing hard with Windows 8 and the Xbox One, while Apple’s iTunes ecosystem is the perfect partner for its Apple TV – not to mention constant rumours of an actual Apple-powered television. Sony isn’t as focussed on delivering video and streaming entertainment with its PS4, but there’s no doubt that the console will also be used for the growing number of streaming services.

Meanwhile, LG’s current crop of smart TVs also use software based on XBMC. Plex is loaded on LG’s smart tellies, and it’ll plug into any media server that runs the Plex server software.


Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.