Samsung launches British Film Institute App for Smart TV


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Working in partnership with the BFI (British Film Institute), Samsung is adding BFI film content into UK homes for the very first time with the launch of its latest Smart TV App. The App features footage from the BFI's vast collection of archived content, including rare Edwardian films unseen for over a century.

The new Smart TV App includes seven channels and showcases content from film features and shorts, interviews, documentaries and the BFI London Film Festival.

Archive footage and rare films are also on the new app, including films from the Mitchell and Kenyon collection, giving viewers a snapshot of British Edwardian life from holiday makers strolling along Blackpool's Victoria Pier (1904) to a Punch and Judy show in Halifax (1901).

The BFI Smart TV App's seven channels include Films of the week – featuring Peter Greenaway's, A Zed and Two Noughts and Martin Scorsese's episode of Century of Cinema for August, followed in September by Terence Davies' Trilogy and Treasures from the Archive – the UK's National Collection on film curated by the experts at the BFI National Archive.


There's also a Highlights Channel and Beginnings, showing early short films by now-famous filmmakers including Ridley Scott, Shane Meadows, Derek Jarman and Ken Russell and featuring early performances from actors including Daniel Craig, Samantha Morton and Sean Bean.

And when the London Film Festival returns in October for 12 days of films, film talent, red carpets and glittering parties, the app will have the inside footage.

There's also a dedicated interview channel called In Conversation with interviews and on stage events from the BFI year round programme including Danny Boyle, Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Bernardo Bertolucci, Marion Cotillard, Steve McQueen and more.

Guy Kinnell, Head of TV and AV, Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland said: “Our partnership with the BFI is testament to our commitment to make great film and content even more accessible to the British public. With the largest Smart TV install base in the country coupled with award winning picture quality1 and industry-leading design, the launch of the BFI App onto Samsung Smart TV brings this celebrated archived film content to life.''

BFI's Digital Director Edward Humphrey welcomed the Samsung development: ‘‘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.''


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