Peel, a so-called "second screen" app used as a TV guide (and in some cases to control your TV), has been available for download for some time now. The company has even struck a deal with Samsung previously to include it on devices like the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus. Now the two companies are teaming up to expand the usage of Peel internationally and on more devices.
This update will bring localized TV information to 20 new countries in 13 languages, focusing mainly on Europe and Southeast Asia. Samsung is aiming to add complete IR functionality to additional tablet devices in the future so users can control their TVs with the app as well.
Current devices with IR, like some Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note 10.1 models, already have the functionality and can unlock the new features with a free update in the Play Store at the link above.
Samsung Electronics and Peel Technologies Announce International Expansion of Second Screen Remote App
Popular TV Discovery and Control App Now Available in 20+ Countries in Europe and Asia; 50+ Countries by Spring 2013
November 29, 2012, London, UK – Peel and Samsung Electronics today announced the international expansion of the popular Peel Smart Remote app. This launch represents the first phase of a global rollout, beginning with localised TV program information in over 20 countries and 13 languages across Europe and Southeast Asia. International Samsung Galaxy Tab users on devices with integrated IR ports or the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, can now use Peel to find great shows and movies as well as control their TV using the remote control functionality on their Samsung tablet device.
Since announcing their partnership, Peel has been pre-installed on all Samsung mobile devices with integrated IR, beginning with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus launched in the US in 2011. When paired with the Peel Smart Remote app, Samsung mobile devices with built-in IR functionality enable a seamless Second Screen entertainment experience.In summer 2012, Peel expanded to Canada with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 device, marking the first step in Peel’s evolution as the go-to living room entertainment platform across the globe. With this new round of expansion to 20+ countries, international TV program data is now available to Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note 10.1 device owners via the pre-loaded Peel Smart Remote app on those devices. Peel and Samsung will continue this expansion momentum into the New Year, with plans to be available in over 50 countries by the spring of 2013.
“The reception of Peel's service on the Samsung Galaxy Tabs in the US has been very encouraging,” said Hankil Yoon, Senior Vice President of Samsung's Product Strategy Team. “The Peel Smart Remote app paired with our devices is a testament to what happens when a good software solution is integrated on state-of-the-art hardware. The Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note 10.1 devices offer users the best in tablet technology, and I am pleased that our offering has become even better with Peel’s unique TV experience.”
“Peel was the first to combine the TV remote control, TV program listings and online social viewing in a single Second Screen app experience,” said Scott Ellis, Vice President of Marketing for Peel. “Bringing this experience to millions of passionate TV viewers outside of North America is a big priority for us, and we are excited to take this next step with our partner Samsung.”
This expansion is a significant milestone for Peel as it marks the first time the app has been available outside of North America. Additionally, Peel’s expansion into Asia represents the first Second Screen remote app to tackle the television ecosystem in the region. Beginning today, Peel Smart Remote is available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom in Europe; and in Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan in Asia.
The Peel Smart Remote App comes pre-loaded on all Samsung Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note 10.1 devices with integrated infrared (IR) technology today. The new, localised electronic program guide (EPG) functionality for existing Peel Smart Remote users can be enabled via a free app update available from the Google Play store. For all other mobile devices, the international Peel TV discovery app will be available for free download at Google Play and the iTunes App Store in the coming months.
Peel is re-inventing home entertainment with the world’s most popular TV Second Screen experience. The Peel app has recommended over 100 million shows and movies since it was launched as the first personalised TV discovery app in 2010. Today, the Peel platform enhances the TV experience by combining intuitive program discovery, seamless remote control and engaging social sharing. For more information or to download the iOS or Android app, visit Peel.com.
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