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Samsung adding CBS shows, direct carrier billing to Media Hub. Wi-Fi only Galaxy Tab on the way

January 5, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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Samsung has confirmed that it will be bulking up its Samsung Media Hub by adding content from CBS. The U.S.-only Media Hub is Samsung’s platform for delivering videos that can be purchased or rented for watching on Samsung Galaxy Tab and select Galaxy S devices.

Media Hub previously supported movies and television shows from Paramount, NBC, and MTV, but not from CBS. A new agreement between CBS and Samsung will add some of the nation’s top-rated shows, like CSI and Survivor, to the content library as soon as the day after they are aired. Costs for renting movies range from $2.99 to $3.99 per film, and $9.99 to $17.99 for purchasing entire films or seasons of content. Media Hub customers can purchase a television show for $1.99 per episode.

Users will be able to purchase videos directly on their phone bill this year. Samsung has promised to offer direct carrier billing on T-Mobile USA, but declined to give a date when that will go into effect. Samsung Mobile lead Omar Khan promises only that it will be available in 2011.

Also worth noting, Samsung reiterated its promise to offer a Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab at some part in 2011. No date is set, but it will most likely take place in January, February, or March according to today’s announcement.