Samsung loads Netflix onto smart TVs
Firmware update required
Samsung has added Netflix to its SmartTV connected telly UI.
From today, a Netflix icon will appear in the SmartTV UI's Recommended section. To accompany the addition, Samsung has also updated its connected TV firmware from version 001018 to 001021, but this may not happen before your see the Netflix icon and are tempted to click.
Reg Hardware writer and IPTV specialist Nigel Whitfield suggests updating the firmware before you do anything else. You can read his recommendations on his Gone Digital blog.
Netflix launched its UK service earlier this week. Beyond a free trial period, the streaming package costs £6 a month.
Other gadgets are adding links to the service: WD's WD TV Live box got a similar Netflix-enabling update this week. ®
I'm waiting too...
This is not impressive Samsung... Announce that 'it is available' and I'm still waiting...
For NW benefit, it's a 6530 40"-er... Just done a manual update via USB to the latest FW available from Samsung for my tv, took it to ....018... brilliant. and it was dated today!
Not impressed Samsung, not impressed...
An update was available for our D7000 on Wednesday.
Haven't tried Blinkbox or Netflix yet - am busy with a Lovefilm trial at the moment. We don't seem to have a broad enough band for HD video on demand though :(
From the instructions with the Blinkbox subscription, you put in the voucher code Samsung supply when you rent/buy and the price will drop to zero....
Anyone managed to get Blinkbox to work?
As per Dave J's post, my D6530 only got 1018 a day or two ago. According to the download page (http://www.samsung.com/uk/support/model/UE46D6530WKXXU-downloads) it was only released on the 10th.
I am, TBH, not that bothered though. I have seen the "quality" of Netflix on a PS3 and I think iPlayer is far far better.
PS It seems that once it appears in the USB downlod page above it is on the 'net for direct update too. Was for me. None of this fiddling with USB and all that lark.
Should change article title to....
SOME Smart TV's... so far.
I've just been onto Samsung, and it turns out that only 7000+8000 models are being updated at the moment.
They 'have plans' to update other models and BR players, but no date.
So that's months away then, if they can be bothered, given the speed other bug fixes have arrived...