DirectTV’s integration with Samsung Smart TVs means one less box in the living room

Samsung has announced its new line of Smart TVs will let DirecTV customers access their TV service without the use of a set-top box. The company announced the feature addition at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

At Samsung’s press conference yesterday, the company showed off its latest set of smart TVs with heavy emphasis on taking TVs to the next level of connectedness. Its updated Smart Hub (pictured above) will add in all sorts of features and apps, including the ability to play mega-popular game Angry Birds and watch free Angry Birds cartoons.

But DirecTV integration takes the Smart TV idea a step further by helping you clean up your living room. All of the typical set-top abilities, including DVR and live pause, will be accessible through the Home Media Center on the Smart TV.

The DirecTV integration is handy in another way: if you have a DirecTV box in one room, a Samsung Smart TV in another room can connect to that box as if it was a DirecTV set-top box. Stephen Goldstein, vice president of Samsung America, explains in a statement:

Many homes today have more than one TV to cater to the different needs of everyone in the family. By working with a leading provider like DirecTV, we’re able to offer consumers enhanced convenience in access so they can enjoy the content they desire from any room in the home, any time they choose.

Samsung’s new Smart TVs will be available in Spring 2012.

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