Samsung Updates Smart Hub with Emphasis on Sports, Music

Searching for and organizing content is a fact of life with smart TVs. Samsung has updated its Smart Hub to make that experience — on the TV and smartphone — much easier, especially with regard to sports and music. The company demonstrated its new Smart Hub “experience” at CES 2017. The user no longer needs to search for where his or her favorite team can be found on OTA channels and streaming services. Instead, the user tells the Hub what teams he follows, and the Smart TV will give him channels, schedules and scores. For music, Samsung’s Hub now offers Shazam.

SlashGear notes that, with Shazam, “the Music section of the Smart Hub will identify the song currently playing and help you find information about the song, artist, and everything related to it.” Consumers can ask Shazam to identify a song that’s heard during a TV show, for example, and the music recognition software will provide details and add the song to a personal playlist.

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Samsung also unveiled an iOS/Android Smart View app that enables “the same convenient searching of content on your smartphone” as well as “mirrors notifications from TV to smartphone.” The company is bringing Chromecast-like functionality to its new line of smart TVs, and consumers can use their smartphones as a remote to access content from Amazon, Hulu, YouTube and other providers.

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According to Variety, “the new version of its Smart View app … makes it possible to launch playback of shows from a variety of third-party services directly from a mobile device similar to the way Google’s Chromecast works.” It adds that the sports app allows users to “get alerts about ongoing games on the TV screen.”