I want to first take this opportunity to thank you for reading Samsung SmartTV Application Development. You have made a wise decision, both in the platform you've chosen and the book you are holding. This guide comes straight from the team that built the world's leading smart TV—the Samsung SmartTV—a platform that is new and bursting with potential.
The historical impact of TV is undeniable. Television has been the dominant media force in much of the world for over half a century. The events that we have collectively experienced thanks to TV—triumph and tragedy, news and entertainment, drama and reality—have been the source of the defining images of our time.
But it's not just what we watch, it's how we watch that has also shaped our world. Since its introduction, the TV became the focal point of many households and a natural place for families and friends to gather around. In the broadcast era, popular programs could drive so-called “appointment viewing,” with viewers planning their schedules around their favorite TV programs. Later technologies like VCRs, DVRs, and Video on Demand then provided some degree of flexibility—and marked the beginning of the watch “what you want, when you want it” era.
Now we are well into the Internet era, with a level of freedom, personalization, and convenience that was once only dreamed about. High bandwidth connections allow customers to ...