Our take on the Samsung UN78HU9000
Curved screen + 4K picture detail = more cinema-like TV
If you've been to your local multiplex recently, you probably saw a movie in 4K on a curved screen. Now Samsung lets you experience that amazing picture depth and detail right in your living room.
In addition to its super-sharp 3840 x 2160-pixel picture detail, the UN78HU9000's enormous 78" screen is gently curved to provide a slight wraparound effect. The curved surface reduces reflections from ambient lighting on the sides, and also improves image quality for viewers sitting off to the sides.
Together, these features create the ultimate immersive viewing experience, enveloping you in spectacular color, clarity and detail. And unlike last year's curved designs, the UN78HU9000 can be wall-mounted.
Ready for 4K content right now
Samsung made sure that this set's video processing and connections are as state-of-the-art as the screen. The UN78HU9000 is one of the first Ultra HD TVs to include “HEVC” decoding, which means it'll be able to display 4K Netflix® content with no additional gear needed. And this TV will be ready for what's coming further in the future, thanks to Samsung's One Connect Box, which houses the inputs and outputs and most of the TV's processing brains. Simply replacing this box will keep UN78HU9000 owners up to date on Ultra HD format standards as they evolve.
Samsung's UHD Video Pack (sold separately) lets you instantly make the most of your Samsung Ultra HD TV. Only a little bigger than a smartphone, this 1-terabyte hard drive comes pre-loaded with several full-length movies and nature documentaries, all in spectacular full 4K resolution. Simply connect it to the TV using the supplied USB cable and start enjoying the best picture you've ever seen.
True 4K content will continue to be scarce for a while, but that won't keep you from enjoying a remarkable picture. Samsung made 4K upconversion a top priority as they developed the video processing circuitry for the UN78HU9000. Their UHD Upscaling automatically upconverts any signal to match the screen's 4K resolution. All of your current video sources — Blu-ray player, cable or satellite TV box, game console — will look better than ever.
One smart solution for easy hookup and upgradability
The UN78HU9000 includes Samsung's One Connect Box, which has inputs for your video components. A single cable connects the box to the TV, for a clean, uncluttered look. As new 4K standards emerge, the box can be upgraded to maintain compatibility.
Instead of connecting your Blu-ray player, cable box, and other sources to the TV itself, you connect them to Samsung's One Connect switching hub, which comes in the box with the UN78HU9000. It has four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, an Ethernet port, and an antenna jack. A single cable connects this box to the TV, for a clean, uncluttered look.
Samsung has a clever way to keep their most advanced TVs on the cutting edge. It's called Smart Evolution, and it lets you upgrade the TV's "brain" — its main processor, graphics processor, and memory — to support future formats and features as they become available. It's especially important for a 4K TV, because as new 4K standards emerge, this Smart Evolution design will allow you to replace the One Connect box for an easy upgrade.
Smart TV times 4
The Quad Screen feature divides this TV into four screens. Watch a golf tournament on one screen while searching the web for current standings on another. Then watch a video tutorial to master your swing while navigating your Smart TV panel on the fourth screen.
Tablets and smartphones can run circles around many older Smart TVs, but they can't do all the tricks that the UN78HU9000 can. Samsung's super-speedy Quad-Core Plus processor supports a new Multi-Link feature, which lets you place live TV side-by-side with other apps, like YouTube™ or a web browser — you can browse the web without having to interrupt what you're watching. The Quad Screen feature splits the screen into four quadrants so you can view four sources at once.
Besides surfing the web you can do things like multitask or use one app while downloading another. Whether your connection is wired or wireless, you can do a quick web search while you watch movies and TV shows, and enjoy TV while you chat with friends and family online. Along with built-in apps for services like Netflix®, Hulu Plus™, and YouTube™, you can download new ones from Samsung's large selection of apps.
Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets add handheld viewing and control
Samsung's AllShare™ Play lets you wirelessly access and stream content from any compatible device. If you have a Galaxy S3 smartphone or Galaxy tablet, you can share movies, photos, and music via the UN78HU9000. Your Wi-Fi® network lets you do things like "toss" photos from your phone or tablet to the screen with the swipe of a finger. Or push streaming video like Netflix movies from device to screen.
Sending content from your phone to your TV is cool, and going TV-to-phone is even cooler. Just download Samsung's Smart View app and use the TV View feature to mirror whatever's on the UN78HU9000's screen on your Galaxy S3 phone or tablet. You can leave the room anytime without leaving your entertainment behind. Think of it as a whole-house TV system you can hold in your hand.
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- 78" screen (measured diagonally)
- glossy screen, black bezel and cabinet, silver T-Shape stand
- tuner receives over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (antenna required)
- QAM cable TV tuner (subscription required to receive cable channels contact your local service provider for details)
- RVU-compatible (for DIRECTV) DIRECTV subscribers with the Genie Whole-Home HD DVR can watch live broadcast and stored content on this TV without an additional receiver
- Ultra High Definition TV with 4K screen resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels)
- HEVC for compatibility with streamed 4K content from sources like Netflix® (requires Internet connection speed of at least 20Mbps)
- displays 3D images when you wear Samsung's active 3D glasses (4 pairs of glasses are included)
- 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources
- LED edge backlight with Precision Black hardware-based local dimming and UHD Micro Dimming software-based dimming for superb contrast and black levels
- Clear Motion Rate 1440 blur reduction (120Hz refresh rate plus backlight scanning)
- UHD video upscaling seamlessly upconverts SD and HD content
- Internet-ready Smart TV plays Netflix® video and more (subscription required for some services)
- supports up to 5.1-channel audio with streaming movie services like Netflix and Vudu (audio quality depends on your connection speed)
- built-in Wi-Fi® to link to a wireless network
- top-mounted pop-up camera
- Quad-Core Plus processor for seamless web browsing and app multitasking
- Quad Screen splits the TV screen into four quadrants so you can watch live TV, video clips, and the web all at once
- AllShare video and music streaming from a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
- MHL-compatible HDMI input for viewing photos/videos from a compatible smartphone on the TV's screen
- 2-way screen mirroring send content wirelessly from device-to-TV or TV-to-device with compatible smartphones and tablets
- Skype Internet calling (subscription required)
- built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2, plus 10 watts x 2 for woofers)
- two remotes: a touchpad remote with built-in microphone for voice control, plus a standard illuminated button-based IR remote
- free downloadable apps for iOS® and Android let you use a compatible smartphone or tablet as a remote control
- Anynet+ simplifies control of compatible Samsung components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
- detachable stand
- wall-mountable (bracket not included)
- 69-1/8"W x 40-5/16"H x 5-3/4"D (42-1/8"H x 14-5/8"D on stand)
- weight: 115.7 lbs. with stand; 101.2 lbs. without stand
- warranty: 1 year parts & labor in-home service or pick-up for service
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
One Connect Box Features:
- 6 A/V inputs, including:
- 4 HDMI 2.0
- 1 component video (selectable component/composite)
- 1 composite video
- RF input for antenna/cable signals
- optical digital audio output (may only pass 2-channel audio from HDMI-connected sources)
- stereo minijack output for connecting a sound bar or home stereo system
- Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network
- 3 4K-compatible USB inputs for connecting a camera or thumb drive
- includes 10-ft. proprietary cable to connect box to TV
- 14-3/16"W x 1-1/16"H x 5-1/8"D