Samsung announces Wi-Fi plasma TVs
Ridgefield Park (NJ) – Samsung has introduced two new plasma TVs that are equipped with draft-n (802.11n) connectivity to enable consumers to stream video content wirelessly to their TV.
The first Samsung TVs to offer this feature is the 94 series of plasma TVs, which are based on the also new 84 series. According to the manufacturer, the integration of Wi-Fi can reduce the cable clutter that is usually involved when setting up a complex home entertainment system.
Provided other components include Wi-Fi capability as well, the TV can receive audio and video content streams from devices such as Blu-ray or HD DVD players, Samsung said. However, when using wireless data transmission, the TV’s 1080p capability isn’t exploited as the wireless content quality tops out at 1080i.
Our inquiries whether the TV can stream video and audio from a PC and is able to connect to the Internet were left unanswered. However, we will update this article as soon as Samsung provides further information.
The company will be selling 50” and 58” versions of the TV, both of which will offer a 15,000:1 contrast ratio, three HDMI ports and a USB interface. The 50” model is scheduled to be available this month for a suggested retail price of $3600. The 58” will follow in the fourth quarter and sell for about $5300.