Philips Smart TVs with Android the first to boast Spotify Connect music
TP Vision has today announced that Philips Smart TVs, powered by Android, will be the first to offer Spotify Connect to users. If you are a Spotify subscriber then you might be extra pleased with this musical expansion of capabilities of Smart TVs. TP Vision suggests that the inclusion of Spotify Connect in Philips Smart TVs “strengthens the TV’s position as central entertainment hub at home”.
Most internet savvy folk will know about the Spotify music streaming service. It is a free music streaming service for mobile, tablet and computer users with a library of over 20 million songs. Spotify allows you to listen to your favourite artists or discover new music suggested by the service. Being a paying premium user or subscriber opens up the service to remove playing restrictions, improve streaming bitrates (quality), remove adverts and even play music when offline for a fee of about $10 per month. Also paying subscribers will be able to use this new Smart TV functionality.
From September paying Spotify subscribers will be able to stream music from their compatible Philips Smart TV. Users will make use of their intuitive touch display on their smartphone or tablet to control the music playing on their Smart TV. It doesn’t matter if you then wander out of range with your device as the music will keep playing as intended as it then streams directly to the TV internet connection. In the same way phone calls or using other apps won’t get in the way of your Spotify music playback – it sounds a lot like Google Chromecast in that respect. Listeners can also use their Smart TV remote to control playback.
Spotify also announced some other connected device streaming partnerships. Home speaker system makers including Bose, Panasonic and Gramofon will be building systems that can stream your Spotify playlists. More details will be revealed at IFA next week. Also just yesterday Spotify announced that it had at last produced a free mobile app for Windows Phone users.