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My Interest Cards
Smart TVs to take center stage at CES 2013,

LG is on the verge of unveiling a new line of smart TVs at CES 2013. The company is prepared to unveil its CINEMA 3-D Smart TV line at the show. The TV series will offer easier content access and sharing along with an updated Magic Remote and simplified user interface.
Highlights of the new TV series will include an 84” Ultra HD TV and a 55” OLED TV.

One of the key features of the redesigned user interface from LG are My Interest Cards. These are folders were users can place apps and other content they enjoy to help organize their favorite things. LG has also redesigned and fine-tuned the Magic Remote. The remote has a pointer function, navigation wheel supports gestures, and supports voice-recognition. The Voice Mate software used for voice-recognition has been updated and is able to recognize the natural flow of speech.

The TVs will also support new connectivity options including WiDi and Miracast. The TVs will also support Tag On that immediately connects two devices for fast media sharing. That means users with smartphones supporting the technology will be able to hold the device against the NFC sticker on the Smart TV to transfer content.

“LG always strives to provide the most engaging, most convenient user experience to consumers all over the globe,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “We have been singularly uncompromising, both in developing and improving the LG Smart TV platform. As a result, we are confident the UX our 2013 models will shatter all expectations and demonstrate that LG has moved the medium of Smart TV forward.”

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By spread on 12/31/2012 10:51:05 AM , Rating: 1
The new TVs are going to have an awful interface, poor app selection and be very clumsy to use. If you want the remote to use the smart TV features that will be extra money please.

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By Brandon Hill on 12/31/2012 10:55:41 AM , Rating: 4
Do any of you guys here actually use "Smart TV" functionality? I think my TV has Netflix built in, but since I use Amazon Prime, it just goes to waste anyway.

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By GreenEnvt on 12/31/2012 11:22:27 AM , Rating: 2
We just started using one for Skype at work. One of our smaller conference rooms we put a Samsung smarttv and webcam into. It has much more professional video conferencing equipment (lifesize) in it already, but it doesn't work with Skype which is what many of our employees want to use to communicate with field staff.

Seems to work well so far.

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By n0b0dykn0ws on 12/31/2012 11:30:26 AM , Rating: 2
I tried Amazon Instant Video (Prime subscriber) with my Panasonic TC-P50S30, and it was ridiculously slow and clumsy.

The load times were horrible, then once loaded it was hard to search for anything.

With my PS3 and HTPC I haven't touched it again.


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By imaheadcase on 12/31/2012 12:01:17 PM , Rating: 2
Most people I know just stream content they want from another PC. Be in media PC, home server, or just whatever content on a extra drive. Legal? maybe not. Easier to use than most other offerings? double yep.

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By V-Money on 12/31/2012 4:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
I have a Samsung with the smart tv functionality. I used to use it before I got a PS3, but now I just use the PS3 for all my streaming needs. It works, its a little slower than the PS3 but not so much that I would never use it. I just found using the PS3 is easier because for some reason if I use the "smart tv" I can't change the screen ratio, which since I have a plasma I try to use as much of the screen as possible (I don't watch tv or play games on the tv, so all I watch is netflix and amazon prime).

It also helps that the tv links up with the PS3 automatically so I an use the tv remote to control the PS3. In fact it was funny because I had to get a charging cable for the ps3 controller recently since I hadn't used the actual controller in almost a year and it was completely dead (I switched back to PC gaming after the Steam deals from last christmas, since then I still have dozens of games I haven't finished playing yet. Steam is awesome).

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By conejo99 on 12/31/2012 4:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
I have two LG models both about 2 years old. The smart TV functionality is so bad that I bought a couple WD TV Lives to use for Netflix.

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By GulWestfale on 12/31/2012 9:52:21 PM , Rating: 2
my father in germany bought a samsung smart TV a couple of years ago. he has never even hooked it up to the internet, since he has no idea what it does or how it works. he just bought it because they told him it's the best in the store.

i think most people who buy smart TVs are like my father: they know very little about technology, have too much money, and are easily impressed by buzzwords. the rest of us will continue hooking our xbox/PS3/tablet to our TVs and be happy.

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By tential on 1/1/2013 4:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. My TV has some smart TV features as well. They've never been used.

When I bought my TV I was sure to ask around and I was recommended to get the model without the smart TV features to save money. I read reviews about the slow interfaces, etc. In the end, I use my Xbox 360 to hook up to Amazon Prime, HBOGO, and ESPN (if I wanna watch sports on my xbox 360, you can watch 2 sports at the same time too). I also have my PC hooked up to watch movies stored on that. All of this is much more efficient than using the interface on the TV, which I've found from using my TVs at home that they were horrible and rarely worked well.

Smart TV is a "Your tv CAN do this", but the real question is does it actually do it well? They may tell you yes, but we all know the real answer is no, it can't actually do it well. And if you don't have one device that can't do all the functionality of your Smart TV, hooked up to your TV, you probably don't use your TV all that much anyway IMO.

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