Announced on Samsung’s Content blog, the electronics giant will be shutting down the Samsung Video and Media Hub. The service was available on all Samsung devices up until now. If you don’t have a Samsung device, the Samsung Video and Media Hub gave users access to a library of content such as movies and music that could be purchased. The press release about the shutdown went out today but Samsung has already gone ahead and closed the service yesterday (July 1st). People who used the service have until August 1st to to download and move anything they have purchased from the Hub.
According to Samsung, “The ability to purchase and rent video from Samsung Video and Media Hub will be disabled on July 1. To retain long-term access to your video library, Samsung recommends you transfer your previously purchased content to Samsung’s new video partner, M-GO (a joint venture of DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor). You will only be able to transfer the content you have purchased (not the content you have rented) to M-GO. All Samsung Video and Media Hub customers who transfer their account to M-GO will receive the benefit of an exclusive Welcome Offer valued at up to $13. By transferring your Samsung Video and Media Hub content to M-GO, you will be able to access your previously purchased videos from M-GO’s library at no additional cost.” So if you were one of the people who used the service, there goes a piece of information that you need to know to save your movies and music that you may have downloaded. You can download the M-GO app here.
So why is Samsung getting rid of their Video and Media hub? Well according to their blog post “Samsung strives to deliver great content experiences on Galaxy mobile devices and Samsung Smart TVs and we’re constantly working to make those experiences unique and enriching for our consumers.” Going off that statement, Samsung may have some new ideas up their sleeve that will engage users to use Samsung services. For more details on the shut down or if you have any concerns, feel free to view their blog post. The post is pretty hefty and includes Frequently Asked Questions that may answer some of your own.