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SAMSUNG Smart TVS Offer Expanded Entertainment Options With Exciting New APPS; Winners of The Free The TV Challenge Unveiled

LAS VEGAS, January 5, 2011 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced the availability of new apps on Samsung Apps, the world’s first HDTV-based apps store. The apps deliver robust, personalized experiences that speak to people’s passions in areas such as music, movies and sports, and further underscore Samsung’s leadership as the premier TV manufacturer of connected smart TVs.

In addition, Samsung today unveiled the winners of its Free the TV Challenge, which was launched in August. . The Challenge sought to spur development of new connected TV experiences, to bring more of the content and services that people want to the largest screen in the home. Four winners were chosen from 14 finalists and consumers will be able to access and experience the winning applications for themselves via Samsung Apps in the future.

“Samsung has successfully pushed the boundaries of innovation to design outstanding products that give people the best TV experience possible. As the number one TV maker in the world, we also realized people want more choice and control over the type of content they get,” said Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America, “The consumer response to smart TVs has been nothing short of phenomenal and we will continue to work with our content and developer partners to bring even richer, more engaging and immersive content to the largest screen in the home.”

Since its launch in March 2010, Samsung has seen significant growth in its connected devices. There are currently has more than 300 apps available worldwide and more than 1.5 million apps have been downloaded globally from the store. The company expects to aggressively expand its global apps portfolio in 2011.

New Applications Further Ignite Consumer Passions

New applications from ESPN, and NBA make it easy for avid sports fans to keep track of and support their favorite teams from the comfort of their couch:

· ESPN ScoreCenter provides fans with the ability to view scores and stats from a variety of sports and personalizes their ScoreCenter experience by highlighting their favorite teams and leagues.

· NBA Game Time offers live scores, schedules, standings and game highlights. In addition, the premium version offers a selection of VOD programming, live audio, searchable player stats and news, plus access to live games and a full season of archived games for authenticated League Pass Broadband subscribers.

Samsung also continues to work with the leading entertainment brands to bring the most robust library of video and music content to the TV. Available today, music lovers will be able to discover, consume, share and interact with new music via MTV Music Meter, MTV’s interactive countdown of the top 100 trending artists. The easy to navigate interface will feature audio, video, artist news, tweets and bios, as well as a feature that showcases similar artists.

Free The TV Challenge Winners Unlock Potential for Smart TV Apps

The US phase of Samsung’s Free the TV Challenge was launched in August to unlock a new era in connected TV for developers. With a total prize pool of $500,000, it received strong interest from apps developers. Samsung hosted a special Developer Day and offered access to Samsung Developer Test Centers in Los Angeles New York, San Jose, Chicago and Dallas to help create innovative apps for the TV.

Submissions to the US Free the TV Challenge reflected wide interests and represent the potential for smart TVs to bring robust experiences that meet consumers’ passions directly to the living room. Winners were chosen by a panel of VC judges, including Roelof Botha from Sequoia, Mike Maples from Floodgate, Bob Borchers from Opus Capital and Jeremy Levine from Bessemer, Eric Anderson, vice president of content and product solutions, Samsung Electronics America, chaired the panel.

The Free the TV Challenge also attracted strong public interest. Almost 10,500 votes were cast in total for the People’s Choice award.

The winners are:

First Place:’s WeDraw app is the ideal living room game. A player draws a picture on a smartphone while other players guess what the image is based on what appears on the TV. Integrating both the TV and the smartphone, the app leverages the largest screen in the home to create an interactive, social experience.

Second Place: TheGymbox, created by TheGymbox LLC, delivers weekly, full-length workouts on demand in a variety of formats including step aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, pilates, core strength, treadmill, cycle, strength training, and stretch.

Third Place: Armchair Astronaut by Artefact LLC, allows users to explore the solar system in stunning cinematic HD 3D. Through a combination of real and digitally-created 3D content, users can ‘travel’ between celestial bodies and explore the surfaces of other planets.

People’s Choice: Numote presented an innovative way to experience TV by creating an app that encouraged a social TV experience with trending TV listings and badges for checking into shows.

“The future of television is to deliver an engaging, interactive and social experience, where people can access a range of compelling services for people to share, discuss, discover and recommend content that is relevant and speaks to their passions. It is a social discovery platform that creates digital bonding between people,” said Eric Anderson, vice president of content and product solutions at Samsung Electronics America. “We are pleased to play an integral role in this new era of Smart TV and will continue to raise the industry bar for interactive TV experiences.”

The winning apps from the Free the TV Challenge may be previewed at Samsung’s booth (#12006) in the Central Hall at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), January 6-9, 2011.

New Tools for Developers Available Now
Samsung today also unveiled the Software Development Kit (SDK) for Samsung Smart TV, which makes it even easier for developers to build and deploy Smart TV applications. The SDK for Samsung Smart TV offers easy integration and compatibility with 2011 Samsung smart TVs and Blu-ray players. The SDK has a new emulator UI that helps developers create apps efficiently and supports Samsung adaptive streaming and IETF live streaming to facilitate live and on-demand viewing of content in completed apps. In addition, a new Open Convergence Interface feature in the SDK will support integration with HID devices like USB mouses, keyboards or game controllers, and offers developers increased possibilities to create apps that dramatically enhance user experience.

The SDK for Samsung Smart TV also integrates support for Adobe AIR 2.5 technology. With Adobe AIR 2.5, developers will be able to leverage familiar tools to build rich, standalone applications.

To spur further adoption and development, Samsung will make the SDK for Samsung Smart TV available to anyone who wants to develop a TV app. The company has also launched a community feature on its Samsung D Forum developer ecosystem to facilitate continued dialogue and help new apps developers get started.

Built with the developer in mind, Samsung Apps supports common web standards like Javascript, XML and Lua, as well as support for Adobe Flash 10.1. It uses a single SDK for apps that runs across HDTVs, Blu-ray players and Blu-ray Home Theater systems. This eliminates many of the barriers to development by allowing applications to be written once and deployed across several platforms, ultimately enabling more versatile monetization for developers and a consistent, intuitive experience for consumers. For more information the Samsung Apps SDK, please visit

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., markets a broad range of award-winning, digital consumer electronics and home appliance products, including HDTVs, home theater systems, MP3 players, digital imaging products, refrigerators and washing machines. A recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology, Samsung is the HDTV market leader in the U.S. Please visit for more information.

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