September 16, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Samsung invited a large group of journalists and bloggers to visit its New York City store and see the unveiling of Media Hub. The house was packed, and in many ways, so is Samsung Media Hub.
Launched tonight for Samsung Galaxy S devices, Media Hub is a content center that houses a variety of video entertainment options. There are television episodes for TV addicts, and a large library of movies available for enhancing the media experience on the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy S phones.
Tonight was the coming out party for the Galaxy Tab in the U.S., and the previously-seen-at-IFA tablet will work well with Media Hub. The 7-inch tablet with phone capabilities is heavily geared towards content consumption, however the Android Market is heavy on apps and light on the entertainment works that a device of this nature can use to its advantage. That’s where Media Hub comes in; here’s what we’ve learned about it so far tonight.
- It’s a cloud-based media streaming option. Users will be able to purchase a television episode or movie and watch it on multiple devices
- New releases and libraries will be available for purchase or rent. You will also be able to get TV episodes the next day after original air date, so wake up and watch 30 Rock on the way to work Friday morning.
- Share purchased content with up to 5 devices with Media Hub. Watch on Galaxy Tab, your Epic 4G, and your kids can watch on their Vibrant, Captivate, or Fascinate.
- AllShare to use DLNA media sharing from tablet to other compatible devices
- NBC, MTV, and Paramount are among the companies named as content partners. Looks like you won’t be able to escape Jersey Shore here either.
The Galaxy Tab does not support phone calls in the U.S. version. Click here to view a hands-on of Media Hub, exclusive to the U.S.