September 16, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Media Hub debuted today as Samsung’s play for making its devices more suited for consuming multimedia. However, only the U.S. versions of those devices will be able to access it. An information sheet next to a demo unit here at the Samsung Experience event in New York City lists the media hub as a Galaxy exclusive; however the sheet notes that it applies to the U.S. only. I spoke with a Samsung rep to confirm and that is indeed the case (this may have been said during the presentation, so forgive me if you knew that already).
It’s likely that because Media Hub uses television partners with U.S. sources – Nickelodeon, MTV, NBC, Comedy Central, etc. – that licensing deals would have prevented them from being included on international versions. Multiple Samsung reps I asked were unable to answer if international versions would be available but repeated the similar line that they are focused on launching in the United States.
Here is a hands-on video with the media hub feature. View our original announcement article for more information on the Galaxy Tab.