It may not be immediately evident how to find Samsung Apps on your new Samsung TV. Alas, there is no Samsung Apps button on the remote. Here are some pointers for how to use, purchase and download Samsung apps.
How to Use Samsung Apps
To get to the Samsung apps, go to "Internet @TV," either by pressing the button on the remote or choosing the icon after pressing the "content" button on the remote. This will bring up a screen of the apps installed on the TV, along with an icon to the Samsung Apps store where you get more apps.
In the 2010 Smart TV models, at the top of the app screen, there are recommended new apps — Hulu Plus, ESPN ScoreCenter, Samsung's Product Video Tutorials called SPSTV, Yahoo and Netflix. They will occasionally be replaced with new apps.
Below the recommended apps is a grid of icons for the apps that you have downloaded. Pressing the blue "D" button on your remote control changes the way the apps are sorted — by Name, by Date, by Most Used or by Favorite. To favorite an app, press the green "B" button on the remote when the app is highlighted.
There is also picture-in-picture so that you can continue watching your TV show while you find the app you want to use. This is helpful for apps like ESPN scorecard that aren’t full screen — they appear over your TV program.
The 2011 line will have a different Samsung App home screen that displays the apps by category -- video, lifestyle, sports.
Purchasing and Downloading Apps to the Samsung TV
To buy apps, you must first create a Samsung apps store account at http://www.samsung.com/apps. You can add additional users to your account so family members can also purchase apps from one main account.
Initially, you must add money to your apps account online. Once you've set up your payment information and activated your Samsung TV, you can add app cash in $5 increments by going to "my account" in the Samsung Apps store on the TV. To get to the Samsung Apps store, click on the large icon displayed in the bottom left corner of the TV.
You can browse through the categories of apps in the Samsung apps store. Clicking on an app brings up a page with a description of the app, the price (many apps are still free) and the size of the app.
There is a limit to the number of apps you can download as the TV has 317 MBs of storage. Most apps are smaller than 5 MB. A few apps that have large databases — the Extreme Hangman game or various exercise apps — can be 11 to 34 MBs.
If you run out of space and want a new app, you can delete a large app from the TV and download the new app. Next to the “Buy Now” button, in an apps description screen, is a button that lets you manage your apps and delete them immediately to make room for the app you want to buy. Later, you can change your mind and reacquire the app that you had deleted. Purchased apps can be re-downloaded for free.
Samsung Apps: Notes for both TVs and Blu-ray Disc Players
It is important to note that Samsung Apps also work on Samsung's line of network-enabled 2010 and 2011 line of Blu-ray Disc Players. However, some of the newer apps don't work on 2010 model Blu-ray disc players, or 2010 Smart TVs for that matter.
The home screen on the TV and Blu-ray disc players will note in green that it is the 2010 Samsung App or Interenet@TV version if it's not a 2011 model.
When you click on some apps, it will show if it has limited compatibility. They also have Samsung apps for their phones in the Samsung app store (in Korea, not in U.S. yet) that may not be applicable to Samsung TVs or Blu-ray disc players.
Stay tuned for more updates in this area as they become available.
For a more in-depth look and explanation of Samsung Apps, check out our Complete Guide to Samsung Apps