Samsung Smart TV Gets A High Five

Samsung have has announced that it will team up with UK broadcaster, Channel Five and will be adding the Five on demand catch-up service to its app store on Samsung Smart television sets.

Smart TV gets channel Five app

Now viewers will be able to watch hit Channel Five shows anytime and on-demand with the dedicated TV app for Samaung connected TV’s. Shows such as Neighbours, Home & Away, $#*! My Dad Says and The Hotel Inspector.

Samsung have revealed that there will be more apps coming. The Five On Demand app is the first of many and new apps will be released imminently, including services from “broadcasters, retailers and holiday companies”.

Samsung owners can already access many services from their smart TV’s such as the BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, Blinkbox, YouTube as well as social media apps from Facebook and Twitter.

Speaking for Samsung UK, Andy Griffiths said:- “Our new partnership with Channel 5 is the latest in our commitment to deliver unique new experiences to our consumers.” Pointing to the multi-use of its range, he continued, “Samsung is delivering more entertainment choices so consumers can ‘watch’, ‘chat’, ‘surf’, and ‘share’ with greater possibilities and ease of use.”

Paul Thornton-Jones of Channel 5 said:- “We are building on the success of Demand 5 through a series of strategic partnerships with consumer electronics manufacturers to ensure our content is available as a given to as wide an audience as possible. Our strategy began over 12 months ago with Sony Bravia and this most recent deal with Samsung, to make Demand 5 content available on all its TV’s and Blurays, is yet another in a line which we hope to roll out further in 2011.”

The new app is available to download from the Smart TV App Store. Samsung claimed that two million apps were downloaded within a month of launching smart TV, and the figure is now around three million.

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  1. Barry
    Barry May 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I have a question about the Samsung Smart TV. The sales guys in the shop tell me I can stream movies from my computer directly to the TV. I can find no reference to this in any of the samsung material, websites or other sites that mention the smart TV which I find surprising. Is this functionality present and how come there isn’t more about it since this would be direct competition to the apple TV?

  2. Richard
    Richard June 15, 2011 at 10:19 am

    you can, sort of. You need to download a piece of software called PC Share manager from the Samsung support website. This enables you to designate folders on your network computer to share with the TV.
    But there is a huge problem – the application only works if you connect the TV to your router by wire. Wireless does not work (yeah, I know, I couldn’t believe it either..)
    More info on this absolute farcical situation here:
    The Allshare application is for linking cameras, phones etc. This may work, but for PC? Probably not.
    Come on Samsung, pull your finger out!

  3. Nicholas
    Nicholas August 15, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    If you have windows 7 on your computer as your o/s then you can watch movies directly via dlna is windows7 support. Turn on your computer, now choose source on your tv, you should now see your pc in the list, choose it and now you can browse your folders. No need to download any software. Make sure both tv and pc are connected to the same router, wireless works to.

    Pc share manager works on wireless to but its much easier with windows7 and dlna.

  4. Nicholas
    Nicholas August 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Dont forget to share the folder that contains movies on your pc. Share it to your home network. By doing this you can browse the folders on your smart tv and watch them on your tv.

  5. Steve
    Steve September 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Can confirm wireless with win7 and vista work fantastic, folders can take a little time to load up but video stream is perfect

  6. Gary
    Gary October 27, 2011 at 9:52 am

    My pc is connected by cable to the router, it does not have wireless as my card didnt work with windows 7. Can I still connect via the router with smart tv?

  7. vincent
    vincent April 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    How to link my PC movies files to my smart TV. Is there any apps to do that or only manual method i.e transfer to media device and hook up using USB cable onto the smart TV. Pls help.

  8. June 12, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It is possible to stream to a Samsung. This can be done in a number of ways. I use a dedicated server, a synology ds712+. Pc and laptops. Once any of these devices is connected to your network via a cable or wifi. Incl the tv. Windows based servers and Linux dsm will auto detect in the tv s sources menu. There is a preset set of folders ie video music ect that will be the default media shares from the connecting device. Download your content and put them into the according folders. Ie music to music visuals to video and they will populate on those folders on the tv. Sometimes a tv restart is needed. I’m using a Samsung 46ud smart led.

  9. June 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Gary what network card do you have. It is very odd you can’t get it to work even with basic drivers. Maybe I can help.

  10. Zed
    Zed June 13, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I use AllShare to stream music, videos and photos from samsung galaxy s1 to our samsung d8000. Both devices must be connected on the same Wifi network.

  11. neilio
    neilio November 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    i have a 5 series smart tv and would like to know what i need to do to be able to download music and videos from the internet? can anyone assist?

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