LG announced last week that it would allow third-party TV manufacturers to use its Samsung’s Tizen OS is Aproaching Other Brands’ TVs platform, and now its main competitor has followed suit.
For the first time, Samsung will license its Tizen OS TV platform for use in non-Samsung TV models, partnering with Akai, RCA, and a slew of other brands (Bauhn, Linsar, Sunny, Vispera) sold in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
The collaboration grants those companies access to Tizen OS features such as Samsung TV Plus (a free streaming TV and video platform), Universal Guide for discovery and personalized recommendations, and Samsung’s Bixby and other voice assistants.
As we mentioned when LG first announced it would license webOS to other TV makers, these deals give buyers another option on lower-priced smart TVs that might otherwise run Android TV, Roku, or Amazon’s Fire TV.
While you’ve probably never heard of many of the brands mentioned, the fact that Samsung is opening up its Tizen platform means it could eventually make its way to TVs sold in the US.
Instead of Android TV, Samsung’s Smart TV and LG’s webOS are good alternatives because both offer good search and personalization capabilities, a choice of multiple voice assistants (their own plus Alexa and Google), and support for Apple Airplay (though not Chromecast