BBC News - CES 2013: Samsung simplifies its smart TV experience
Samsung Electronics has taken steps to simplify the interface of its internet connected televisions in an attempt to make them more user-friendly.
The South Korean firm is the world's best-selling maker of smart TVs, which allow people to surf the web and access other services via their main screen.

But along with other smart TV makers, it has faced criticism that many people rarely use the added functionality.

That has limited its ability to make money from the add-on services.

The company also announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas that it would put a super-sized 110in (279cm) 4k ultra-high resolution LCD TV on display when the trade show started on Tuesday.

Ultra-high definition offers four times as many pixels as today's 1080p HD standard, allowing screens to expand in size without sacrificing picture quality.

Simultaneous viewing

Executives also said they would show off a 55in OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display that could show two different shows full-screen at the same time.

Users must wear special glasses with built-in headphones to view one programme and block the other.

The innovation takes advantage of technology previously used to create a sense of 3D.

However, it is not the first to show off the concept.

Sony demonstrated similar technology in 2011, and despite Samsung's efforts some company watchers had hoped for more from the event.

"There were good announcements about smart TVs, 4k TVs and other connected devices," said Ichiro Ishiguro, an analyst at Hermes who has been coming to CES for 10 years.

"It sounds like they are doing what they have to do and are progressing as expected, but on the other hand there was nothing much surprising or exciting about the announcement today."...
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Also to note: 4K is what we currently get in the Cinema and it is expected that the first broadcasts will start around 2015 (probably in Japan) and 8K TV will start broadcasting in 2020 (again probably Japan first). The 2012 Olympics were recorded in 8K, with some 'demonstration' sites showing off the images during the games.