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 4:24:18 PM
I disagree with your statement but for very different reasons (mostly because I am taking Apple out of the equation). The problem with smart tv's is one of cost. The reason that they are slower than using a computer or console is because the hardware needed just to power the features at a "reasonably fast speed" would cost more than people would be willing to pay (at the moment, give it a few years). Think of the market, the majority of people buying a TV today already have a console or pc that can stream very easily and very fast. I use my PS3 which works great and has all of the major apps (i.e. netflix, amazon, hulu) so why would I spend that much more for a smart tv that wont be any faster than something I already have.
Then you have people that don't want to buy a console just for streaming (like my brother). They buy a smart tv because it is fast enough for their needs and the added cost was less than that of a console. Even though I usually use my PS3 for streaming, I still like having the smart tv because if anything were to happen to my PS3 (I've had one die before, I've also let someone borrow it before) I can still watch movies or tv shows with little effort because of the built in wireless. It also plays just about any type of video file, I occasionally throw some videos on a usb drive and I have never had it not play a video file (and I've used just about every format I would ever use).
Back to the Apple train though, they won't change the market in this case because all they would bring is a TV that would have an extremely streamlined and fast smart tv experience (trapped of course in the Apple ecosystem), but it would cost 2 grand for a 50 inch tv (or the "retina" version for 5 grand). The market won't support that, no matter how many stupid people love apple. The iPhone is such a success because even though it is expensive, most people can find a way to blow 600 dollars they don't have. I mean, we would have to start taxing the top 2% at 85% of their income to support the initiatives required to allow the poor people to have their basic necessity of an Apple branded tv.
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