As of last Wednesday, owners of Samsung Series 650 and 7000 flat panel HDTVs can take advantage of Amazon’s Video on Demand service. Amazon offers more than 50,000 commercial-free movies and television episodes — many of which are available in HD — that you can either purchase or rent for download. You can use a personal computer to access this service, but now you can also use these Samsung models as well.
The TVs have a feature that lets you download new services from the Internet, such as this Amazon streaming feature, which makes it easy to upgrade your set as new features become available.
Once again, this demonstratest the flexibility and power of Internet access to video content. Set manufacturers can easily give users access to new services as they become available. It means that consumers will not necessarily be locked into a dead-end collection of online services, and as the ultimate winners emerge in online delivery — whether it’s the pay-as-you-go model of Amazon or the all-you-can-eat of Netflix — presumably we’ll be able to gain access to them on our existing Internet-connected sets. And I think that’s pretty great.
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