SK Telecom smartphone/STB combo

South Korea’s largest mobile carrier SK Telecom has confirmed it will release a smartphone that can also serve as a set-top box, playing content on personal computers, tablet PCs and TVs. The smartphone named “Galaxy S hopping,” made by Samsung Electronics, will be available in South Korea this week.

Connecting the smartphone to the TV will turn the phone into a set-top box, which allows streaming content saved on the phone to be displayed on larger TV screens, SK Telecom said.

The mobile carrier, which accounts for about half of the country’s wireless market, plans to offer some 3,500 movies, TV shows and music videos initially, later expanding the list to 10,000. One movie will be priced between 1,000 won and 3,500 won ($3.13).

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