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Samsung’s Tizen Smart TVs now do home control, too

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Samsung unveiled a new Tizen Smart TV UX with SmartThings IoT hub connectivity and a universal remote, while Roku announced 4K smart TVs.

We still prefer the flexibility of combining a dumb TV with smart devices rather than buying a smart TV, but the latter are becoming more compelling as they add increasingly sophisticated Linux-based GUIs, connectivity options, and OTA updates. A year ago at the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that all of its 2015 Smart TVs would run Tizen Linux. Prior to this year’s CES show in Las Vegas, the Korean CE giant made a number of Tizen-related smart TV announcements, including plans to bake SmartThings home automation hub capability into all of its 2016 Smart TVs.

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