The Samsung Apps System for Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players

Samsung Apps make your TV watching experience a bit smarter

Whether you have an iPhone, Android, or tablet, it's all about apps. Apps are the portals for accessing the web, games, reminders, calendars, streaming media, banking data, shopping, and a host of other tools.

But apps are not just the domain of mobile devices. Smart TVs, streaming devices, video game consoles, and even some Blu-ray Disc players increasingly make use of apps.

One example is Samsung's SmartHub platform. Samsung Apps allows you to access content from sources like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and Spotify, right on your TV. You can also shop, play games, read news, or choose from a wealth of other tasks.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the world of Samsung apps, including what they're used for, how to manage them, and which ones may best suit your needs. Each section includes a link to a more thorough discussion of the topic in question.

Samsung Smart TV Apps Example

What Are Samsung Apps?

The Samsung Smart TV concept is a networked TV that can access online movie content like YouTube and Netflix. Find out what Samsung Apps are and how taking advantage of this feature on smart TVs can expand your home entertainment options.

As of December 1st, 2019, the Netflix app may not work on 2010 and 2011 Samsung Smart TVs. If your TV is affected, you will see a notice displayed on your screen.

How to Use Samsung Apps

Many Samsung TVs and Blu-ray Disc players incorporate apps like those you might find on smartphones and tablets. However, it might not be immediately evident how to find and use Samsung Apps on your new TV or Blu-ray Disc player, and there is no Samsung Apps button on the remote.

Find out how to access Samsung apps, set up an account, download and manage apps that can expand your home entertainment options. Also, since the Samsung Apps platform has changed over the years, we also fill you on how to use older and current versions as well.

Types of Samsung Apps

There are hundreds of Samsung Apps available for users of Samsung Smart TVs and Blu-ray Disc players.

There are apps for shopping, travel, sports, health and fitness, and even games. You can also find lifestyle, education and information apps for music, videos, weather, news and more.

Find out more about the types of available apps and get the scoop on which ones are good and which ones you can skip.

The Best Samsung TV Apps

Samsung's Smart platform (Smart Hub) offers an abundance of apps to choose from on your new Samsung Smart TV or Blu-ray Disc Player. However, just as with TV channels, there are undoubtedly some that you probably are more interested in than others.

Check out some of the popular apps we've find to be the most practical and fun.

Samsung's Tizen Operating System

Samsung's Smart Hub platform makes Smart TVs easy to use, but with stiff competition from other systems, such as LG's WebOS, Vizio's SmartCast, Sony's Android TV, Roku TV, and others, the pressure is on to keep up. Check out how Samsung's partnership with Tizen makes accessing and managing Samsung Apps a bit easier.

From AllShare To SmartView: Simplified Media Streaming

Apps aren't just for accessing streaming content from the internet, Samsung's AllShare and SmartView builds on its Apps platform by allowing users to access still image, video, and audio content that may be stored on PCs, media servers, and other compatible devices that may be connected within your home network. Check out the details.

Samsung's Smart TV Web Browser

In addition to traditional streaming apps, Samsung also provides a built-in web browser on its Smart TVs, but its web browsing experience is limited when compared to the web browsing experience you get on a PC, laptop, or smartphone. However, there are some ways to improve the web browsing experience on your Samsung Smart TV.

Samsung's SmartThings Home Control Features

Samsung apps are great for accessing online streaming content, and Samsung AllShare allows sharing of locally connected content from PC and Media Servers. But Samsung elevates the Smart TV/App experience with the ability to control and manage other devices located in your home, including lighting, locks, thermostats, and select household appliances and items. Check out the details on Samsung's SmartThings platform.

Delete Apps You Don't Want

Samsung provides a lot of app choices. However, you may find after you install an app that you would like to delete it because you don't like it or may not find it very useful. Also, as a result of adding apps, you may find that you are running out of storage space to add more apps that you actually want. Depending on your Samsung TV or Blu-ray Disc player model year, the exact appearance and steps needed to delete apps may vary slightly, but in all cases it's fairly easy.