Samsung F8000 – the TV which knows what you want to watch
15 Feb 2013|
When you're vegging out in front of the TV, deciding what to watch can seem like a real slog.
The saying goes variety is the spice of life but with hundreds of channels flogging everything from snooker to sitcoms picking one programme can reduce a man to tears.
No one wants to see a grown man cry, but a new TV from Samsung means you can keep your Kleenex in your pocket for it knows exactly what you want to watch - and when.
Impossible, you think? Wrong.
For the F8000 features far-out technology which recommends programmes for you, so you can concentrate on much more important tasks, such as picking M&Ms out of your belly button or avoiding starting that work presentation.
The F8000 LED TV runs the Samsung S-Recommendation engine. We know the name's a bit 'to infinity and beyond' but stick with us - because the technology is here to make your life easier.
Like a friend who notices things you mention then pulls them like a rabbit from a hat months later as a birthday gift, the F8000 notices the little things.
It picks up on the shows you've watched and remembers so when something similar is shown again it can give you a heads-up, while it'll also remind you when your fave programmes are on.
There's nothing like the feeling of well-cut clobber, and the Samsung provides TV that's tailored snugger than a made-to-measure suit.
And when it's serving up shows you may want to watch it's also in perfect harmony with your daily rhythms - so, no Breaking Bad suggestions when you're sat with the kids on a Sunday afternoon, and no Peppa Pig when you've packed them off to bed.
As well as being attentive, the TV is also a great listener. If you want to know what's on just ask and the natty voice recommendation technology will do the rest, making recommendations based on your previous viewing.
The same chatty approach works when you want to change channel, and we say chatty because that's the kind of speech it's designed to recognise - no more barking at the TV as though you're giving a speech in Westminster.
Of course, chatting takes effort too and if you've been floored by a shocker of a day you'll find simply moving your hand also suffices, giving you ultimate control.
Speaking of getting tired, with so much going on inside its slinky casing it's surprising the F8000 doesn't flake out.
How rude. It shudders at the thought of such slovenliness and points to its quad-core processor as the kryptonite keeping everything fast and fluid. Seriously, while we're on a superhero link, there's something about the name 'quad core' which screams strength and power, even if you don't know your processors from your pixels.
And the one running inside the F8000 will ensure you can flit between TV shows, the iPlayer and your apps up to three times faster.
This is all done from the SmartHub. Think of the hub as mission control, the nerve centre of your viewing experience. It's what you'll see when you first turn on your set, with five panels featuring your TV shows, apps and on-demand options. These update with recommendations in real time, as well as all the action from your Facebook and Twitter buddies. When the TV was launched at CES, 'intuitive' was the word on everyone's lips so it's only natural the hub is smoother than Cary Grant.
We've chatted a lot about technologies designed to personalise your TV session, but we shouldn't forget the main part of any television - its picture.
The TV comes in sizes ranging from 40 to 75 inches and offers deeper blacks and greater contrast thanks to Micro Dimming Ultimate tech, but don't let the jargon put you off.
The important thing is Samsung says we can expect "more vibrant and richer colours, higher contrasts and a brighter picture quality than ever before."
Slim, social and oh-so smart - the Samsung F8000, the TV redefined.
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