Samsung’s Bevy of CES Announcements Includes Tech Proposal to Make Digital TV On-the-Go a Reality
Samsung Electronics made a flurry of announcements in the TV, networking, high-definition DVD and portable audio product categories at the 2007 CES Show that Gee Sung Choi, president of its Digital Media Division, says should help it to reach its 2007 goals of being “number one in LCD, number one in digital TV, and number one in electronics.” It also announced a technology it has developed and proposed before the Advanced Television Systems (ATSC) Committee as an open-standard enhancement to the current digital TV transmission standard that it says will help make digital TV signals stable when viewed on the go.
Some product highlights from the company’s press event on the eve of the opening of the 2007 show included the announcement of a planned introduction of its second-generation Blu-ray player, BD-P1200, in early 2007; the player, the company says, will offer improved networking capabilities. Also slated to debut this year is a wireless plasma TV only requiring a single connection to a power source. The set, to be 802.11n-enabled, will have an auto wall mount feature that will allow free rotation of the screen.
Samsung will also offer AnyNet+ networking connectivity in several of its latest Full HD 1080p TVs, the newest models of which will be available in 40-, 46- and 52-inch screen sizes. This HDMI-based technology permits simplified remote control, using a single control device, of a home entertainment system’s compatible components, according to company spokesman David Steel. Some of the sets will also be endowed with Bluetooth capability, enabling wireless transmission of images from a TV to a printer and wireless sound reception via Bluetooth headphones, he said.