LG adds DIRECTV 4K capability to webOS smart TV platform
LG Electronics USA said it has expanded its roster of content partners for its webOS smart TV platform. Highlighting the news is new access effective September 2 to streaming Full HD and 4K content from DIRECTV "without the need of extra boxes for DIRECTV subscribers" because DIRECTV capability is built into the TV. The platform already offers 4K content from Amazon Instant Video, Netflix and YouTube.
"Select 2014 and 2015 LG Smart TVs will allow subscribers with a Genie HD DVR to enjoy a full HD DVR experience on each select LG Smart TV in their home without the extra clutter of extra set-top boxes," added LG.
LG also announced a free firmware update coming on September 21 to give owners of 2014 webOS 1.0 TVs "virtually all" of the new webOS 2.0 features that debuted on 2015 models, including a more intuitive layout, more convenient shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and faster response when switching between applications. LG claims the free upgrade is the first of its kind in the industry. 2014 Smart TV models that will receive the update are the LB6300, LB6500, LB7100, LB7200, UB8500, UB9200, UB9300, UB9500, UB9800, EC9300, EC9700 and EG9700.
Other new webOS content partners include iHeartRadio and Rdio, said LG.