The 2009 Plasma 8 Series is Samsung's 2009 expansion to their plasma display line-up, introducing this new flagship line that distinguishes itself with its ultra-thin design. Coming in at just over an inch thick (1.1") Samsung claims that these sets are the thinnest plasmas for the first half of 2009 that contain a built-in TV tuner. Outside of cabinet thickness the features and specifications are nearly identical to the lower end and lesser expensive 2009 Series 6 Plasmas: featuring the same expanded Internet@TV connectivity that offers video streaming and Yahoo widgets, alongside a new glass filter that Samsung claims enhances picture quality while reducing glare. For 2009 Samsung has made their new plasmas more energy efficient with both the 6 and 8 Series lines meeting Energy Star 3.0 standards.
- native resolution of 1080p
- Energy Star 3.0 compliant
- Inputs: 4xHDMI, USB, Ethernet
- 1.1" thick
- USB Media format support
- video: 3GPP, MKV, WMV9 and DivX
- audio: MP3
- photo: jpeg
Internet@TV - expanding upon the 2008 InfoLink service Samsung's Internet@TV offers full Internet connectivity with richer Yahoo Internet widgets for sports, news and weather information, alongside Internet video streaming. The list of video streaming partners includes Amazon and YouTube and is expected to change/expand over time.
Digital Media Support - these TVs can stream digital media from the network, or from a USB device attached directly to the set. For 2008 all the TVs can handle audio, video and photos while last year video support was limited to only the flagship lines. Furthermore, the video format support is increased in 2009 to add popular formats such as MKV, and WMV9. This means that most video found on the Internet will work.
The naming convention for the 2009 Samsung 8 Series: Samsung PNxxB850 where the "xx" is replaced by the television's size.
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