LG's Smart TV Upgrader ST600 is apparently only weeks away from launch, with Amazon taking orders for the internet-enabled STB and suggesting a ship-date in two to five weeks time. Priced at $129.99, the ST600 will turn any TV - and it needn't be an LG model - into a smart TV, complete with Netflix, VUDU and CinemaNow streaming, a browser, and LG TV Apps. However, there's also Plex functionality in the pipeline as well.
LG continues its steady pre-CES 2011 drip of announcements with the LT Smart TV Upgrader ST600, an 11cm-square STB that brings all of the functionality you'd normally expect from an LG internet-connected HDTV to your regular set. Hooking up to your network via WiFi or ethernet, the DLNA-compliant box also has a USB port for attaching a mouse or an external drive.
LG already told us about the LG SmartTV Upgrader last week, which took some of the surprise out of the media streaming STB, but we've a few more details now that the company's CES 2011 keynote is underway. The ST600 will turn any TV - including non-LG sets - into a smart TV, with Netflix, VUDU and CinemaNow access, along with a browser and LG TV Apps.
In what might be a surprise move for many not following extremely closely LG's involvement in the Google TV platform, the manufacturer has been tipped this week as coming with Google TV 2.0 to the USA as soon as this weekend. A report coming from Shinhan Investment Corporation in Korea, LG will be bringing their 3D LED TV model to the states in two sizes: 47-inch and 55-inch, with prices set at or around $1600 and $2100 USD respectively in online outlets. This move is said by Shinhan to perhaps be in anticipation of an Apple TV Smart TV set release later this year.
LG has been teasing its CES 2011 smart TV line-up over the past few days, including the ST600 Smart TV Upgrader STB, but it seems that won't be the only home entertainment kit from the Korean company. The new LK530, LV3700, LV5500, LW5600, LW6500, LW7700, LW9500, LW9700, PZ750 and PZ950 - made up of LED, LCD and plasma models - will get a redesigned UI and a Magic Motion remote control, among other things.
What a week! While a few of us on the R3 crew were rolling around in different parts of the world that weren't Vegas, the bulk were rolling hard at CES 2011! The Consumer Electronics Show had blasts of this, slips of that, and a wacky array of stories and happenings that shall forever go down in the history books as a CES to be clicked with! How ever in the world will we organize all of this information? How about one big monster of a list of links, for starters? Who could we call for such a tast, hm? So much exclusive content, so much time time - I know! The Daily Slash! Get one of the biggest heaping helpings you've ever seen, below!
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