Samsung and TeliaSonera drop the set-top box with launch of world’s first IPTV solution for Smart TVs | The Next Web

The new technology allows Samsung’s Smart TVs — including Series 7 and Series 8 sets — to display IPTV services provided by Elion (part of the TeliaSonera group) in Estonia. The solution comes with full support for key linear, recording, catch-up and on-demand features.

From a technical point of view this is stupid. Swearing off set top boxes without a standard way to deliver to an IPTV means vendor lock-in at a time when competition is key.

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