Samsung may have had 3D video-on-demand to announce at IFA 2011 this morning, but the company was also demonstrating its smart TV streaming system that can squirt a live video feed from a D7000 or D8000 series HDTV to one of the company's Android-based devices. We grabbed some hands-on time to see whether this is the setup to retire your SlingBox for; check out the video demo and more after the cut.
Video demo after the cut
Samsung had confirmed that the streaming functionality was on its way back in February, shortly after announcing the new Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The system basically is Samsung AllShare - the company's DLNA client - in reverse, with the HDTV transcoding its input and pushing it out over WiFi to a Galaxy Tab or a Galaxy-series Android smartphone.
The app itself is a more advanced version of the remote control software currently available for download in the Samsung App Store, which turns your phone or tablet into a remote for your smart TV. What's new is the "Watch TV" option; there's a couple of seconds delay behind what's on the HDTV and what's on the tablet, but it does mean you can flip between inputs on the remote app and leave the main screen showing something different.
Samsung Smart TV streaming demo:
Samsung says the smart TV streaming app will be released in the Samsung App Store on the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab in anything from 2-5 weeks. The app will be preloaded on the upcoming Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Tab 10.1 models.