Samsung is adding Slingbox-like features to its new smart TVs

Gigaom

This is interesting: Samsung is adding what amounts to a kind of Slingbox to all of its new smart TVs, allowing consumers to watch a show on TV, and then continue to watch it on their mobile device, even if the TV is turned off. The new feature, which will at launch only work with current-generation Samsung handsets, transcodes any signal — be it cable programming, online streams or even broadcast TV received with an antenna — and relays it within the home network to mobile devices.

Current-generation Samsung handsets can mirror content to Samsung's new TVs, as well as grab content from TVs. Current-generation Samsung handsets can mirror content to Samsung’s new TVs, as well as grab content from TVs.

This kind of device-shifting isn’t new — Slingboxes have been offering this for years, and cable boxes increasingly also offer in-home streaming — but it’s interesting to see it added to a TV set, and it speaks to the increasing role mobile devices play when it…

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