Samsung brings iPlayer and Lovefilm to connected TVs

TV manufacturer Samsung has announced that the BBC’s catch-up service iPlayer will be built into a range of its integrated TV sets.

The iPlayer will be one of up to 100 apps the manufacturer aims to deliver via its Internet @TV platform. This follows yesterday’s announcement that a trial of the BBC’s catch-up service on the UK’s free-to-air DTH service Freesat had been extended to all users with Humax set-top boxes. Erik Huggers, BBC director future media and technology, told The Telegraph newspaper: “BBC iPlayer has enjoyed huge success since launch two years ago, and the next challenge for us is taking the service mobile and into the living room; we’ve built a version of BBC iPlayer that can be easily adapted to work on internet-connected TVs.”

Other apps to be launched by Samsung over the coming months will include the music library and LoveFilm’s online DVD rental service.