Cable Show: LG debuts line of ‘smart’ set-top boxes

Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:28am
Brian Santo

LG Electronics has introduced a line of what it’s calling smart set-top boxes (STBs), a set of IP boxes that can be used to deliver live, linear TV programming as well as over-the-top (OTT) services.

LG’s Google TV-based IPTV STB supports services including live TV, VOD, a Chrome web browser and access to the Google Play store. The LG IPTV STB can run any HD media application developed for the Android platform. The system has the built-in phone to TV and second TV content sharing capabilities, the television can continue to be the center of media in the home, displaying streaming content directly from other devices on the home network.

The box comes with its own graphical user interface (GUI, which includes features such as the smart channel guide and a screen for controlling a home automation, monitoring and control system.

LG’s DLNA compliant NetCast OTT box enables advanced media sharing capabilities; remote management, and the ability to connect to a home video gateway in order to receive terrestrial or Pay TV programming and VOD.

The company has also created an Ultra HD set-top box, in advance of 4K content becoming available, and an IP STB runs OpenTV 5 middleware, supports progressive download and adaptive streaming, and also features Nagra conditional access, and wireless connectivity.

Yet another product in the line is described by LG as a low-cost MPEG 4 cable STB with downloadable conditional access security, 256 QAM, 64 QAM and 8 VSB modulation.

Finally, LG has a new Wi-Fi dongle that allows users with Miracast smartphones to easily mirror the phone’s screen directly onto the big-screen TV, using only a Wi-Fi connection.

LG is at the Cable Show showing premium cable services on LG Smart TVs and smartphones, including a demonstration of a catch-up TV service from Rogers Anyplace TV that includes a user interface optimized for the intuitive LG Magic Remote, “HBO GO” video-on-demand on the TV using a Miracast smartphone, and home monitoring/control that leverages the largest display in the home to check security cameras and adjust lighting.

“Traditional cable and smart TV capabilities are converging faster than ever, driven by consumer demand,” said Kurt Hoppe, director of Smart TV innovation and new business, LG Electronics USA. “Consumers are seeking ways to get all of their subscription-based services, cable feeds and video-on-demand in one place, and they want options that feel natural to them. With LG’s portfolio of set-top boxes and open Smart TV platforms, cable operators have a comprehensive response that will satisfy subscribers’ entertainment needs now and in the future.”




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