The two latest additions to Samsung televisions have a broad appeal, aimed at the casual consumer.
Samsung has officially announced that they’re adding Skype to the 7000 series of “Broadband HDTVs”, which we already knew, and the 8000 series, which we expected. The idea behind the addition is, of course, to add some value to their sets.
Skype is a free to use (for the most part) internet phone service, so unlike video on demand and streaming services, Samsung 7000 owners can use it right out of the box without having to shell out any extra cash. The inclusion of Skype has not been announced for the LED 9000 series.
If you’re not into the whole video phone thing, the inclusion of DTS decoding may be more up your alley. It won’t make any real difference if you’re just using the TV speakers, but those using the TV’s audio outs to send sound to a surround system will benefit.
According to the folks at DTS, their decoding will be present in “virtually all Samsung digital televisions worldwide.”