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Samsung to Reveal Smart TV Upgrade Kits at CES

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Samsung to Reveal Smart TV Upgrade Kits at CES
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One of the problems with trying to re-invent the TV in the same way phones and tablets have been in the past few years is that consumers can’t and won’t buy a new TV every year. As a big-ticket item, many consumers would rather wait for manufacturers to get their experimental new TV features ironed out before laying down thousands of dollars on a TV set.

Samsung is trying to solve this problem, though, and will attempt to let early adopters of its smart TVs know they won’t be left behind any time soon. At the Computer Electronics Show (CES) next week, Samsung will unveil what it is calling an “Evolution Kit.”

The kits will turn Samsung’s 2012 smart TVs into 2013 smart TVs, with new features and hardware. The kits will increase the CPU power and memory of the TVs, as well as “enhancing” their voice and motion controls. Samsung has stated that the kits can simply be attached to the back of its smart TVs.

The idea is that Samsung will sell a yearly update kit to keep smart TV software and hardware up-to-date. While such a system will certainly be good for customers, who don’t have to worry about their TV becoming obsolete within two years, it will also represent a new subscription-like revenue source for Samsung. No pricing information for the update kits has yet been revealed.

Samsung to Reveal Smart TV Upgrade Kits at CES
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  • Uriah

    I bought a Samsung Smart TV a few months ago. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what new features the Evolution Kit will bring to my TV. I bought it because I got a Hopper from DISH, and needed a new TV. My PrimeTime Anytime recordings, which are from all four major networks, look amazing on the 60” display. One of my DISH coworkers is going with me to the CES, and I’m excited to see what new innovations will be there!

    • rob

      The biggest problem I have with my 2012 Samsung 8000 model is the outdated flash player. It doesn’t even play espn3.

  • lakshman

    My samsung es 6100 smart tv keeps cutting out and saying session ended whilst streaming a movie it does this every 10 to 15 mins. Has anyone any ideas on solving this problem it would be greatly appreciated