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Samsung Tizen SmartTV (2015 - Present) Beta app Install from USB


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For users with Samsung Tizen SmartTVs (2015 - Present) who want to test the latest version of the Emby client app before it's submitted to Samsung for release in their app store.  These installs should be considered beta until approved by Samsung, however they are the same ones submitted to Samsung monthly for inclusion in the Samsung store.  

Samsung's policy is that the only official way to distribute apps is through the Samsung store and that usb installs should be used for testing purposes only.  Because of this policy Samsung has mandated that usb distributed apps must expire within 30 days of compiling.  To help with testing you will be remined to update to the latest beta release as the app expires to ensure you are using the latest version when reporting issues.

This install will also work for those who don't have access to the official client app in the Samsung app store.  However, the same rules must be followed as indicated above.

Release notes and version number

For the latest release notes and version number click on this post

https://emby.media/community/index.php?/topic/31461-emby-for-samsung-smarttv-release-notes-tizen-orsay/

Installation instructions

  1. Download this zip file: https://github.com/MediaBrowser/Emby.Releases/raw/master/tizen/tizen.zip
  2. Format a USB 2.0 stick using FAT16 (some larger USB 3.0 hard drives have been found to not work)
  3. Copy the tizen.zip file to the root of your USB stick
  4. Extract the contents of the tizen.zip file to the root.  (This should create the folder 'userwidget' in the root of the USB stick and the folder should contain the two files needed)
  5. Turn on the TV
  6. Plug the USB stick into the TV's USB port. 
  7. Installation should start automatically.  (There will be 3 quick messages in the upper right corner of the TV)
  8. Click 'OK' once the installation is complete.
  9. Optional, add the Emby app as a shortcut to Home
  10. Start the app from the Smart Hub or installed apps section of your TV.

Troubleshooting

  • If the installation does not start automatically, then please ensure your TV firmware is up to date and try again. 
  • If you get an installation error, try the process again with the USB stick formatted ass FAT32.

We've received reports from users that installing from USB 3.0 hard-drive devices does not work, so please make sure to use a USB 2.0 thumb-drive device.  Also, make sure the thumb-drive is unlocked/writable before plugging it in.  The TV will need to write to your thumb-drive.

Users with 2015 Samsung SmartTVs may experience an issue where the USB version of the app deletes itself upon restart of their TV.  This is a security measure implemented by Samsung in which we have no control.  If this is the case you may have to leave the thumb-drive in the TV and reinstall upon reboot, or install the latest release version of the client found in the Samsung app center.

Updating from a previous USB install

 

The app will notify you when an update is available. To update a previous USB install just repeat the instructions above. 

 

Notes:

Certain Samsung SmartTVs have an issue where the app won't upgrade from USB drive if there is already a USB version installed.  If this is the case you'll simply delete the old version before inserting the USB and then repeat the same installation process to install the new version.

 

Also, try power cycling your TV after deleting the previous version if you have problems.

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