Samsung Electronics said it is expanding its Ultra HD ecosystem by offering 4K fare from Amazon Video on a global basis in October and is adding several European content partners, including maxdome, Wuaki.tv. and CHILI.
Those additions will factor in more than four months after Netflix introduced a limited library of 4K content on Samsung-made Ultra HD sets, including the second season of House of Cards. In June, Netflix added all episodes of Breaking Bad and 4K versions of movies such as Smurfs 2, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters 2 to its 4K mix.
In January, Samsung announced an initial batch of 4K content partners that included Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, M-GO and Amazon.
Samsung didn’t say what 4K content will be offered from Amazon in the early going, but the online retailer and video streaming company has previously announced that it is working with Samsung, Warner Bros, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Discovery and others to provide a “premium 4K Ultra HD experience.” Amazon Studios has also committed to shoot all 2014 full original series, including comedies and dramas, in 4K format.
Comcast has not launched its Xfinity TV 4K app for Samsung TVs, but told Multichannel News recently that it’s still on track to do so later this year.
DirecTV, meanwhile, expects to be ready to deliver 4K VOD this year and follow with live 4K streaming in 2015 or by early 2016.
Elsewhere on the 4K content front, Samsung has also teamed up with 20th Century Fox and Paramount on the “UHD Video Pack,” a 500 gigabyte drive pre-loaded with 40 titles in the 4K format, including movies such as Star Trek Into Darkness and Life of Pi.
Samsung said it’s expanding its 4K ecosystem by working with partners, including the Secure Content Storage Association (members include SanDisk, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Western Digital) on a UHD content distribution system and storage security standards.