Starting from early next year.
Samsung’s latest raft of TVs (such as the PS50A756 50in Plasma already pack a great feature set, great image quality and great price. It’s hard, then, to see how they could be improved other than perhaps building in DivX support. Coincidentally enough, that’s exactly what the company plans to do early next year.
The sets will be able to play the files either directly off a USB drive plugged into the TV, or from DLNA compatible storage devices via en Ethernet connection. The latter is an especially interesting move, as it eliminates one of the major compelling reasons to buy a device such as the D-Link DSM-330.
Whether this feature will stretch across Samsung’s entire range, or if it will be restricted to higher-end (and more expensive) models is unclear. Certainly, the ability to play DivX content could prove a compelling reason for customers to buy a pricier set than they otherwise might. Not that Samsung’s TVs of late could accurately be called overpriced.