LG To Unveil New Refined Smart TV Lineup at CES 2013
December 31, 2012 10:12 AM
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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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12/31/2012 4:10:07 PM
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.
12/31/2012 9:52:21 PM
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.
1/1/2013 4:02:03 AM
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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