LG readies webOS TVs with better performance, 4K content

Users will be able to watch 4K movies and TV series from Netflix and Amazon

LG Electronics' upcoming smart TVs will run an upgraded version of webOS that promises better performance and more customization.

The TVs will be launched at the International CES trade show in Las Vegas next month. The improvements on webOS 2.0 include better boot times and faster access to content. For example, when switching from the home screen to YouTube users will see an improvement in loading time of up to 70 percent, LG said without revealing how many seconds it would take.

New features let users access favorite channels faster than before from the main menu and adjust their TV without interrupting the program they're watching.

WebOS has hopefully found a more stable home at LG, after the company bought the OS from Hewlett-Packard in the beginning of 2013. The OS celebrated its fifth birthday this year, after first being used on Palm's smartphones.

Via LG TVs, it will be possible to watch content from Netflix and Amazon.com in UltraHD, including series such as House of Cards and Marco Polo from Netflix, or movies including After Earth, Elysium, The Amazing Spider Man 2 and The Da Vinci Code from Amazon, LG said.

Products for watching, recording and making UltraHD content, which has a 3840 by 2160 pixel resolution, are expected to be big trends at International CES. However, even more important is progress on the content front. The availability of content is still very limited, with Netflix and Amazon along with DirecTV and streaming service M-Go (which have exclusive deals with Samsung) offering some movies and TV series in the U.S.

Send news tips and comments to mikael_ricknas@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags CESconsumer electronicsLG ElectronicsTVs

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Mikael Ricknäs

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?