What is Tizen?
So, what can Tizen do? Most folks reading this will no doubt be aware of at least some of what a Smart TV can do. Quite naturally, the most popular apps are those for video streaming, whether that be paid-for subscription services like Amazon and Netflix, or free-to-use ones like BBC iPlayer or YouTube; almost all new Smart TVs have at least three of these services available and lots more besides. Music streaming apps are also popular and there’s an increased focus on playing games through them, too, as internet speeds and graphics processing power both increase.
What sets the Tizen TVs apart, however, is the fact that they're one of the new industry favourite terminologies – IoT, or Internet of Things – ready. And what does that mean? You may very well ask. Well, it means they can control and interact with other IoT devices in the household; e.g. you could view a security camera or control your lighting from an app on the TV, or even check your energy consumption and turn down a radiator. While the possibilities, at this time, aren’t exactly endless, the consumer electronics industry is hugely behind the idea of the ‘Smart Home’ so expect the range of IoT devices, and what you can do with them, to rapidly expand over the coming years.
In the here and now, let’s get on with seeing what the 2016 Samsung Smart TVs can do. Please note, all testing was carried out on a 65-inch KS9000 running software version 1111.
EPG & PVR Features
- Lovely interface
- New Smart controller is great
- Plenty of apps including 4K & HDR
- Intuitive to use, mostly
- IoT integration is promising
- Currently missing UK catch-up services
- Web browsing is still a chore
Samsung 2016 Tizen Smart TV System Review
There are Ultra HD and even HDR video streaming services available through the likes of Netflix, Amazon and YouTube and many more video services that you can download through the apps market. The integration with gaming services, including PlayStation NOW and Gamefly allows for the streaming of console quality titles through the TV, with many third party controllers supported. We didn't have the hardware to test out the Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities but the fact they're included holds much promise for the future.
On the minus side, the major UK catch-up services, namely BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4 and My 5, are currently unavailable although they will be added in 2016 and there seems little reason to persist in offering a web browsing experience that relies on a remote control for operation. As it stands, with the UK catch-up services currently under development, we're rating the Tizen platform as an eight but as soon as they're present and correct, the score will be upgraded to a nine and it is still a highly recommended Smart TV platform.
Ease of Use
Media Playback Quality
Applications - Software
Voice and Motion Controls
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