LG is announcing that it will unveil a new TV adapter at CES 2011 that will bring all the “Smart TV” goodness currently offered with LG’s latest wireless HDTVs. While most gadget sites have reported this news as a more of a novelty item for your basic HDTV, the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader could become a formidable darkhorse in the digital media adapter space. Why do I say this? Well, it offers DLNA player support so one can stream media content from your networked PCs and storage devices, it provides LG’s current library of TV optimized apps, and it will, in the future, support HTML5-based web apps and innovative new media center front-end clients like PLEX. For those unfamiliar with what LG is planning on doing in the space, you may want look at the video below from this past September and also check out what LG NetCast is all about.
LG Smart TV Upgrader makes every TV smarter
ST600 Smart TV Upgrader Lets Users Enjoy Web Browser and Premium Content on Their Regular TV Sets
SEOUL, Dec. 30, 2010 — At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the Smart TV Upgrader (ST600) that makes it easy for viewers to transform their regular TVs into Smart TVs at an affordable price. Embracing all the benefits of internet connectivity, the Upgrader gives regular TV owners access to all of LG’s Smart TV functions including premium online content, Smart Share and the full range of LG Apps.
“The market for Smart TVs is set to take off this year, and the ST600 offers a perfect entry point,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the LG Smart TV Upgrader, we’re taking the excitement and convenience of Smart TV and adding in LG’s trademark ease-of-use because we see a significant audience who are interested but not interested enough to buy a whole new TV.”
By connecting the ST600 to a regular TV set, users can access a vast range of premium content from global providers, as well as the best locally sourced shows and movies to cater to different tastes around the world. The ST600 also connects users to the growing range of LG Apps, which are custom designed for use on TVs and offer everything from language classes to games.
LG makes the viewing experience more compelling still with its superb compatibility, which lets users simply and wirelessly transfer content from their Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA)-compatible PCs and other compatible devices for viewing on the big screen.
LG’s Smart TV Upgrader will be unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and rolled-out to TV owners in the second quarter of 2011.
Main CPU: BCM7615
DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash
LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser
AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP)
USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage)
- Finger Touch RCU
Size: 11cm x 11cm (4.3″ x 4.3″)
Tags: DLNA, HDTV, LG NetCast, LG Smart TV Upgrader, Plex
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