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Summary:

If you’re not going to buy a Samsung TV, the company wants to at least sell you a Samsung media server. That’s what the new $299 HomeSync is and like other recent Samsung products, works best with Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Samsung HomeSync

Starting October 6, customers can pick up the Samsung HomeSync for $299, a box that turns older televisions into Smart TVs and helps store and share content from mobile devices. The HomeSync runs on Android Jelly Bean and includes 1 terabyte of storage with up to eight separate user accounts.

Photos and videos on smartphones and tablets can be shared through the HomeSync, provided those mobile devices are Samsung Galaxy products. Galaxy smartphones and tablets can also be used as a remote control for the HomeSync.

Samsung says that any content captured by Galaxy devices can be sent back to the HomeSync device over the web; this way, folks at home can view pictures you just took while away from home, for example. The connectivity works in the opposite direction as well: You can view content stored on the HomeSync on a Galaxy device over mobile broadband. The box also adds YouTube, a web browser and support for other applications to your television set.

The price sounded a bit steep to me until I saw the included storage; essentially, this box is a media server for home and away. It’s a bit more reasonable when looked upon in that light. And while I’m not a fan of new Android devices tied specifically to Samsung’s leading Galaxy brand — the company has done the same with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch — it’s really the only Android device maker that can even build such a walled garden and take Apple’s approach.

  1. What can this do that you can’t do with Chromecast and a Dropbox account?

    I own a Samsung dumb TV and a couple of S4’s and I have no interest in this, but then my Samsung TV is purposefully a dumb TV.

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  2. SmartTV – Perhaps the biggest misnomer ever.

    $299 is just outside the comfort realm of consumers today. They expect something more akin to their Blu-ray players at $70 or a Roku Apple TV like device at $99.

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  3. i have a samsung “smarttv” but it’s so dumb & klunky nobody in the family uses the “smart” features.

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  4. I would rather use my Chromecast, Roku, or my WDTV to stream content and all my local content to my “dumb TV” You can get 3 great devices for the price of this single Samsung device. Three devices, means 3 TV’s can benefit, not just one!!

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