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One of the great features of the new breed of Internet-connected NeTVs is that they can learn new tricks as if by magic. You can download new applications and widgets to your set, and presto changeo! Your HDTV can now do something new.

Samsung just announced that it has added two new applications to is Samsung Apps store: Facebook and Google Maps. So now your television can be the hub of your social network as well as a world atlas with street-level resolution. (Try fitting that on your living room shelf!) These apps join the 30 others already available for Samsung’s network-connected HDTVs and Blu-ray players, including Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, Twitter, and USA Today.

If you’re in the market for a new HDTV, I strongly urge you to consider getting one with network support. It is probably going to be an increasingly important feature in the coming years.

Posted by Alfred Poor, June 11, 2010 6:00 AM

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About Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.