Samsung Pay is coming to Samsung smart TVs, the company has announced. The service will allow users to make purchases through certain 2014 and 2015 models of the devices.
It’s a somewhat surprising announcement given that the Samsung Pay mPayment service hasn’t yet launched. But on Samsung’s smart TVs, it’s not quite as ambitious a project; Apple TV already lets users buy TV shows, channel subscriptions, and movies through its own Apple TV system, and Samsung Pay on Samsung’s smart TVs will basically extend that functionality to a limited selection of games – to start, at least.
One interesting thing about the service is that it has been developed in collaboration with PayPal, enabling the latter as a payment option in addition to traditional credit and debit cards. PayPal has been working hard to expand its presence in the payments space as it has branched off from parent eBay this summer, and it’s also shaping up to be a competitor in mPayments – as is Samsung, of course. Clearly that doesn’t preclude these companies from collaboration – PayPal was the first global payment company to announce support of Samsung’s fingerprint sensor when the feature was launched on the Galaxy S5 in 2014.