Samsung Launches New Era of LED HDTVs

A new era of LED HDTV sets has arrived at Samsung Electronics America with the launch of an entirely new lineup of advanced TV sets at CES. Benefits of using LEDs include ultra-high contrast ratios, slim depths that allow more-artful designs, and increased energy savings.

“Samsung has proven LED technology is a viable choice for consumers desiring the best picture possible from an LCD television. Samsung’s latest LED televisions redefine the standards for viewing quality, energy-efficiency, and home-entertainment décor,” says Jonas Tanenbaum, VP of LCD HDTV marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

The new 8000, 7000, and 6000 Series build on the success of Samsung’s first- and second-generation LED HDTV models. These cutting-edge TVs use LEDs as their primary light source, rather than traditional Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps (CCFL).

“Samsung stays committed to developing technology and products that go beyond current expectations of value, quality and innovation,” says Tanenbaum. “And, we are excited to be a part of this exciting point in TV evolution.”

Each of the three Samsung LED HDTV series for 2009 boasts high dynamic contrast ratios, compliments of Samsung’s groundbreaking LED light source. Compared with a traditional CCFL, LEDs produce darker blacks that appear endlessly deep to the eye. Also, whites remain crisp and vivid colors bright.

Samsung’s entire LED HDTV lineup incorporates a number of innovative features to reduce the motion blur and image judder, which traditionally plague LCD HDTVs when displaying fast movement. All three series boast Samsung’s acclaimed Auto Motion Plus frame-interpolation technology. The 8000 Series uses a swift refresh rate of 240 Hz — four times that of other TVs — nearly eliminating the ill effects of displaying quick, action-packed motion. The 7000 and 6000 Series, with an also quick 120-Hz refresh rate helps ensure crisp, easy viewing of sports, videogames, and movies.

Also new in 2009 will be Internet@TV – Content Service. Developed with Yahoo!, the Internet information interface will be available on a number of 2009-model Samsung HDTVs. Using either a wired or wireless Ethernet connection included in the 8000 and 7000 Series, Internet@TV – Content Service lets consumers access content onscreen from Yahoo!, Flickr, YouTube, and other sites with the push of a button. The widgets-based interface and scrollbar run along the bottom of the screen for easy browsing of the latest programs and content.

After purchase, consumers will be able to enjoy a growing library of widgets, as the widget-development kit will be open to content providers willing to create new offerings. The 6000 Series includes access to Samsung’s InfoLink RSS service, which can instantly display updated news, sports, weather, and stock information with a touch of the remote.

Beyond online entertainment, Samsung’s LED HDTVs can also be easily connected to a variety of other devices and content. Included USB ports make it simple to view videos and photos from a camcorder, play music from a media player, or access multimedia files from a portable drive.

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