BFI TV App lets you step back in time with your Samsung Smart TV

A new app available exclusively for Samsung smart TVs will transport us back more than 100 years to Edwardian Britain and more recent decades

With its fancy remotes and built-in apps, internet connections and space-age design, smart TV is all about the future.

But now it is taking us by the hand and leading us into the past.

A new app available exclusively for Samsung smart TVs such as the F8000 or the F6200 will transport us back more than 100 years to Edwardian Britain and more recent decades.

Samsung BFI App

The app features rare Edwardian films from the BFI's (British Film Institute's) collection of archived content, along with shorts, interviews and documentaries from more modern periods.

So from the comfort of our favourite armchairs we can step back in time to a world of sepia, stiff upper lips and shockingly good manners.

An expert from the BFI said the app brings people with Samsung TVs closer to the organisation's "rich and varied world of film".

Its launch comes at a time when our living rooms are increasingly connected. Ofcom recently said the living room had been transformed into a digital media hub, where families sit watching TV while tapping away on tablets and smartphones.

But it may be fun to put the tech aside for one evening and look at the way we used to live via the Samsung Smart TV BFI App.

With it you can enjoy Mitchell and Kenyon film company footage of holidaymakers strolling along Blackpool's Victoria Pier in 1904 or a Punch and Judy show filmed in Halifax in 1901.


If something strikes a particular chord with you, why not use the TV to send a tweet or Facebook status about it?

Of course, there's only so much footage of the olden days you'll want to watch in one sitting. When you've had your fill of days gone by, why not catch-up with New Girl, or EastEnders via the built-in iPlayer or 4oD apps?

F8000 Smart Hub
Guy Kinnell, head of TV and AV at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: "With the largest smart TV install base in the country coupled with award-winning picture quality and industry-leading design, the launch of the BFI App on to Samsung Smart TV brings this celebrated archived film content to life."

Meanwhile, BFI's digital director Edward Humphrey called the new app a "thrilling" step, saying it was a key stage in connecting audiences with "amazing content".  

Humphrey said: "It's thrilling to take the riches of film culture and especially British film into so many homes with Samsung.

"This new app gets Samsung's customers closer to the BFI's rich and varied world of film. It's a key step in realising the BFI's ambitions for a wider suite of on-demand services, connecting audiences with our amazing content, no matter where they live in the UK, which will continue to be brought to life in the coming months."
Smart TV may be all about pushing forward, but in this app that innovation is used to take us a good few steps back.

Treat yourself to a few crackly old films with a nice cup of tea - it'll turn a night in front of the TV into an impromptu history lesson.