"all 2016 Samsung Smart TVs will be compatible with SmartThings, and all SUHD TVs will have IoT Hub technology"
The post then goes on to explain how a free USB adapter called the “SmartThings Extend” will be used to add the SmartThings Hub capability.
There are questions about the practicality of leaving your energy-consuming smart TV on 24 by 7, or how intuitive it would be to use a TV remote to control the 200 compatible devices that the announcements promises, but it would still be nice to have the smart TV integrated into your home automation world. Being able to receive HA notifications while watching TV, or being able to trigger lights or music from your TV remote, would all be nice touches to have, and make a stronger case for an integrated smart home solution.
A lot of technical details are still unknown, eg whether this adapter can co-exist with an existing SmartThings Hub, and what the announcement means when it distinguishes Smart TVs from its SUHD TVs.
Personally, I am more excited with how this marks the first significant step by Samsung to bring its electrical appliances world in line with SmartThings, and how we will be seeing native integrations in an increasing number of appliances. This would beat existing makeshift solutions where we integrate infra-red blasters into our IoT hubs to control our TVs. Announcements from Samsung about smart washing machines and refrigerators will not be far behind.