Samsung said to be close to launching a Netflix competitor

Samsung said to be close to launching a Netflix competitor
Samsung is reportedly developing a video service that would be subscriber based. Rumored to be titled Samsung Volt, the service would be a competitor to Netflix. But instead of streaming big name studio films, Volt would be geared toward short form content. The project would be run by new executive VP John Pleasants, who used to toil for Disney's mobile and gaming operations.

Original programming and content is all the rage these days, hot on the heels of Netflix's success with original series like Orange is the New Black. Still, sources familiar with Samsung's intentions, say not to expect a House of Cards. This is a reference to another popular original series for Netflix.  

Samsung has closed down its Media Hub, which sold popular television shows and movies in competition with the Google Play Store. The decision to invest tens of millions of dollars in Volt is a sign that the manufacturer feels that such an offering could lead to more phone and tablet sales.

source:TheInformation via AndroidCentral

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16 Comments

1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this is gonna be good, let the competition begin.lets see how the volt can its thing.

5. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

If it's good/better than Netflix, it won't matter unless the software is optimized to be smooth and clean. No bloat. No ugly UI. Nothing crap. That will turn everyone away.

9. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

By using your own logic of 'turn everyone away', let me tell you that GS5 is the highest selling android phone ever. Thus, meaning the UI is very well optimized.

10. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What are you even talking about? Stop running to the comments to defend, fanboy. Im speaking in general terms. If only you knew how crappy my LG "Smart TV" is. Laggy. Terrible interface. No ease of use. When a consumer buys a product, it needs to work perfectly out of the box as intended.

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Are you plain stupid ? Are you saying you were complaining of a LG product on a Samsung article ? Do you even know the meaning of 'fanboy' is. How am I a fanboy if I am using a reasoning for my argument ? I merely demonstrated how flawed your argument is. Simply calling someone a fanboy just because he disagrees with you is pretty childish. If you can't digest a criticism then that's not my problem.

13. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Shut up lol. You're trying to sound sophisticated and smart. Let me clarify what just went on with you. 1) I said an interface for a TV must be clean, no lag, no crap, etc. 2) You got offended. Brought in the SAMSUNG GS5 ("best selling android phone ever" lol). - NO ONE is talking about how well a PHONE is optimized. As stated above, I mentioned that the APP/SERVICE needs to be great. 3) If -YOU- can't digest criticism, fanboy, don't get mad and try to turn tables. What I said was simple. Let me repeat it. If it's good/better than Netflix, it won't matter unless the software is optimized to be smooth and clean. No bloat. No ugly UI. Nothing crap. That will turn everyone away. Might want to think before you speak, fanboy.

14. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.....beck peddling much ? Clearly you're lying now to save your ass. You never said 'interface for a TV' in your original comment ! Neither bugsbunny nor the article mentions anything about TV ! and since when did TVs started having bloat ?! You are generalizing too much. I actually own a Samsung 46 inch FHD LED TV. What you did was just applied your experience with LG to Samsung. Also, a TVs UI has absolutely nothing to do with a video service Samsung is providing.

16. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What do you watch Netflix on? TV. iPads. etc. The device usage charts they released last year proves this. Use your brain.

15. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Well Tech2, I do admit that Sauce2 isn't bringing any good arguments, but the reason why Samsung sells good is because of name just like apple does. They don't offer anything special, everyphone is just as good for 90% of the buyers, but they want a brand that they can show off. Humans are stupid don't forget that

2. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

netflix old movies nothing new

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Koreanovelas maybe?

4. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Why not 'Samsung Vault'? Makes more sense to me.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I hear it is going to be called "Cookies", so Samsung can offer music + video as "Milk and Cookies" :)

8. AlikMalix unregistered

Hah, that was clever, bro...

7. AlikMalix unregistered

So Samsung is going to release something that's already in the market (and successful). Shocking!!! Sarcasm aside, bring on the competition, I guess.

12. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Seems like Samsung is once again over extending itself. Why not work on fixing your smartphone sales problems first?

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