Samsung adds The Weather Channel

February 4, 2014 11.19 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

The Weather ChannelThe Weather Channel has become the latest service to join Samsung’s Smart TV store, Samsung Apps.

The new app features live TV streams, detailed local weather forecasts, severe weather reports plus the latest videos and user-generated content, delivering the most up-to-date and reliable weather information to Samsung Smart TV viewers.

Content within the new Smart TV App is displayed in an easy-to-use, intuitive interface with background images themed to the live weather conditions. As the weather app evolves in 2014, it will include voice and motion control, providing viewers with an even greater interactive experience.

Key features of the app include live TV streams directly on the Smart TV App during severe weather events; maps featuring radar and cloud map layers, displaying up to five hours of animation, with zoom in and out functionality for Samsung Smart TV models made from 2012 onwards; severe weather alerts and notifications on-screen; current conditions, as well as hourly, 36-hour and 10-day forecast detail, including a 10-day graph displaying both the forecasted and the average high and low temperatures; latest videos and user-generated weather-themed videos; weather-triggered images, themed on predicted weather type for each day/period; and ability to save up to 10 cities as favourites.

Commenting on the new app, Guy Kinnell, head of TV and AV at Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “From being a conversation starter through to how it will affect our journey into work, as a nation we’re often fascinated by the weather. By adding The Weather Channel App to Samsung Smart TVs, we are providing viewers with the most accurate weather updates on the biggest screen in the home, along with the most interactive and immersive Smart TV viewing experience.”

Nicolo Mascheroni Stianti, MD, EMEA, The Weather Company, added: “We are incredibly excited about our partnership with Samsung and look forward to continuing to enhance our initiatives and building products that take advantage of the progressive features of Samsung’s latest operating systems.

“Today’s announcement further strengthens our position as a multi-platform operator as we continue to deliver our hyper-local, content-rich offering across Europe.”

There are now over 650 apps available to download on the Samsung Smart Hub in the UK.

Services available on Samsung Smart TVs include Spotify, Rightmove, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.