There are hundreds of new TV’s on the market and with each new release offering new technology, new gadgets and more functionality. One of the most exciting and perhaps useful bits of tech on new TV’s is the ability to access live services, premium content and apps. The problem is many people can’t afford or see the need to go out and buy a new TV every time a new piece of tech comes out; LG has come up with a few smart ideas that can solve this problem by offering a retro-fit box called Smart TV.
LG is showcasing the platform at CES 2011, it gives users access to a plethora of interactive content and on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer, Picasa, YouTube, Google maps, Facebook Connect, AccedoPlay games and live weather services provided by AccuWeather.
The whole system is controlled via a simplified dashboard which houses four main sections, TV live, Premium Content, TV apps and launch bar meaning users can access what they want in just a few clicks or if they have an enabled TV a swipe of the magic remote.
“LG Smart TV provides viewers with endless options on their television, however, if these entertainment features are difficult to access or select, consumers will not truly enjoy the technology,” said Jay Vandenbree, senior vice president, Home Electronics, LG Electronics USA.
Another nifty feature is Smart Share which allows users to stream media from wireless or networked pc’s or enabled smartphones.
Obviously items like this offer an extension to existing hardware’s lifespan, they can’t however increase things like picture quality or physical properties of a TV, they could be ideal for software and services though. Do you think LG’s offering can compete with Apple TV or even the PS3/Sony TV’s in the UK.
Are retro-fit boxes like this LG Smart TV the way forward for new innovations?