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August 31, 2010

Samsung to Intro the Media Hub for Galaxy S Phones

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Samsung (News - Alert) plans to introduce its Media Hub service and a new Android-powered device on September 16th. And, according to a PC Mag report, the company has extended an invitation for the event. As a custom move-and-video store, Samsung’s Media Hub is specifically designed to cater to Galaxy S phones, including the AT&T Captivate, T-Mobile (News - Alert) Vibrant, Sprint Epic 4G and the planned Verizon Wireless Fascinate. The store will also offer service for phones from U.S. Cellular and Cellular South.

Phone (News - Alert) owners can take advantage of offers from the store that allows for the rental or purchase of a library of TV shows and movies for prices that range $3 a day for rentals and $12-$20 a day for movie purchases. The only question is whether or not this rental service can survive against Redbox and Netflix in terms of price, especially as they eye the wireless market. Samsung highlighted that the store will include progressive downloads that will allow users to start viewing video before a file is completely downloaded. The company noted that files will be custom-encoded to look great on a range of devices.

In other Samsung news, Boost Mobile announced the launch of the Samsung Seek mobile phone along with a $50 Monthly Unlimited Plan on the Nationwide Sprint (News - Alert) Network. According to company officials, this device is Boost Mobile’s first touchscreen device with a slide-out QWERTY keypad that is designed to deliver access to multiple messaging options and popular social networking sites.

In July, Sprint unveiled the Samsung Epic 4G – Samsung’s first Android (News - Alert) powered mobile. Officials with Sprint noted the company has taken another leap forward by introducing its second 4G-capable smartphone. Officials with Samsung added that the new Samsung Epic 4G is a powerful member of their Galaxy S smartphone portfolio that offers premium screen, speed and content features. Earlier this month, the company announced, along with DivX, Inc., a digital media company, announced that Samsung’s Galaxy S is now DivX certified for High Definition “HD” video playback at 720p resolution.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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