LG’s 2013 TV Range Its Smartest Yet

The annual “new season” is under way for smart TV buyers, with all the major manufacturers rolling out most of their 2013 models between now and the end of next month.

Among the most technology-packed are those from LG, which is focusing on making hi-tech TVs easier to use with its intuitive Magic Remote and innovations like multi-platform streaming, and voice and hand gesture control of everything from changing channels to searching for content.

More than 70% of LG’s 2013 TV line-up will be smart TVs, with such features as:

  SmartShare, for seamlessly sharing content between devices (for example, from a compatible smartphone or tablet to a TV)

 LG Cloud, which can be accessed by downloading the app from Google Play or the LG Smart World Store

LG says it is compatible with LG Cinema 3D Smart TVs, PCs and Android smartphones 4.0 or higher, and can stream up to 5GB of content for free without the need to download files to a smart storage device.

It also provides cloud storage solutions to record entertainment content that automatically synchronises between PCs, compatible Android smartphones and smart TVs.

 The updated version of Time Machine (Time Machine II) enables viewers to record and save Freeview|HD TV content onto the TV’s inbuilt memory, with the option of using a dedicated USB hard drive — minimum 40GB — for longer recordings (the LA86 series, pictured above, has twin tuners for recording one TV channel while watching a different channel).

 LG says its Magic Remote works with simple gestures — point, draw, speak, scroll — and will recognise natural language voice for easier detection of spoken search terms.

You can also download an app onto your smartphone to use it as a remote control or to watch TV in another room.

And by connecting a Miracast-enabled tablet or smartphone to a 2013 LG Smart TV, you can view the content on the TV.

Watch for more coverage of LG’s line-up, and those of its competitors, on this site but in the meantime, here’s the company’s smart TV press release:

LG ANNOUNCES 2013 LG SMART TV WITH MAGIC REMOTE 

So magically simple, the kids will be showing you how to use it!

The 2013 LG Smart TVs are easier than ever to use, with a new smart and expansive entertainment platform that keeps you connected, offering access to a wide selection of premium content.

“LG are the experts in ‘easy’ and they have it covered when it comes to making technology easier to use,” says Glen Chean, National Marketing Manager for LG in New Zealand.

Using an optional motion camera (built-in on the premium LA86 model), LG Smart TVs can be controlled using hand gestures, allowing you to change your TV channels, inputs or volume with the wave of your hand.

LG Smart TVs also feature their unique and incredibly kid-friendly Magic Remote. Everything works with simple gestures – Point, Draw, Speak and Scroll. Draw the channel number in the air or scroll the wheel to change channels. Kids can even use the Magic Remote to play interactive games.

The powerful Voice Search function on the Magic remote lets users search for content on the internet by speaking through the magic remote, naturally.

“Just push the voice button on the remote, speak naturally and let the TV do the searching for you,” Chean says.

You can also download the LG TV Remote App onto your compatible smartphone to use your phone as a remote control. The Dual Screen function on the LG TV Remote App lets you enjoy TV programming playing on TV on to the smartphone.

Further PC keyboard and mouse devices can be connected to the TV, allowing for easier web surfing.

LG Smart TVs also feature powerful content sharing technologies that provide seamless content sharing with compatible smart phones, PCs and tablets.

LG Time Machine technology with TV built-in memory for instant Freeview TV Recordings

The newly updated version of LG’s popular Time Machine (Time Machine II) feature lets you record your favourite Freeview|HD TV program onto the TV’s in-built memory.

For longer recordings, there’s also the option of using a dedicated USB hard drive (minimum 40GB) enabling you to rewind, pause or watch recorded shows conveniently. LG Time Machine technology with built-in memory is available on all 2013 model LG Smart TVs.

LG Cloud makes content sharing easy

LG Cloud has now been launched globally. Once the LG Cloud app is installed from Google Play or the LG Smart World Store, you can begin streaming directly to your LG Smart TV without the need to download files to a smart storage device.

It also provides cloud storage solutions, so you can store your photos and videos and the content list automatically Sharing between PCs, compatible Android smartphones and LG Smart TVs. Get started with 5GB of free storage.

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5 Responses to “LG’s 2013 TV Range Its Smartest Yet”

  1. “The updated version of Time Machine (Time Machine II) enables viewers to record and save Freeview|HD TV content onto the TV’s inbuilt memory, with the option of using a dedicated USB hard drive — minimum 40GB — for longer recordings (the LA86 series, pictured above, has twin tuners for recording one TV channel while watching a different channel).” Does this allow recording off line when the set is turned off?

  2. Good question. I’ll find out …

  3. Hi Paul. Yes, the TV lets you record even if it’s put on standby. If the TV is recording a programme and you put it on standby, an on screen prompt will appear asking whether you’d like to continue recording if the TV is turned off or to stop the recording. Time Machine II recording to the TV’s in-built memory is available on all 2013 LG Smart TVs, including the base 32-inch LN571 model.

  4. Thanx, Glen, I’m in the market for a new TV for the bedroom, so the 32 inch version may be the one to get.

  5. Brilliant. LG is currently running a bonus accessory consumer promo for their Smart TV range. It ends June 30th. Details can be found on http://www.lgpromo.co.nz.

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