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Tanya Schwartz

How do you update web browser on Lg smart tv?

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14 minutes ago, George Hofmeister said:

What do you want to update it to?

When I try to watch an episode on CBS it says I need to update my web browser.  I am using Chrome, so I guess it just needs to be updated to the most current version of Chrome?

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17 hours ago, tlschwartz said:

When I try to watch an episode on CBS it says I need to update my web browser.  I am using Chrome, so I guess it just needs to be updated to the most current version of Chrome?

OK, so I am guessing that CBS either uses Flash on their site or if they do not their site does not recognise the webOS browser ID string.  If it is the former then you are out of luck, LG does not support Flash and will not as it is problematic to programme for, and is going end of life in the near future.  If it is the later then CBS web masters need to up their game and get it sorted.  If CBS is still using Flash again their web master need to update their website to newer technologies.

Chrome is not the browser in webOS so you will not be able to update it to the latest version.

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17 hours ago, tlschwartz said:

Thank you for this information.  What browser should I use then in webOS?

There is a built-in web browser that is the only one you will be able to use.  Again if you are not going to be able to view sites that use Adobe Flash or sites that do not cater for the webOS browser, in both of these cases you need to approach  the site owners to improve their site.

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How can you use chrome in webos lgtv if it only uses the native browser?  And have the same problem with cbs web site not playing back full episodes.

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9 hours ago, slclemens said:

How can you use chrome in webos lgtv if it only uses the native browser?  And have the same problem with cbs web site not playing back full episodes.

You cannot install the Google's Chrome browser in webOS as it does not have a native port.  Currently the only web browser that can be used in webOS is the one it comes with.  Neither is Adobe's Flash supported by webOS.

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On 31/03/2018 at 9:32 PM, slclemens said:

Thanks for the clarification.  Any chance LG is going to fix the web browser so it actually works with major sites like cbs?

It depends what you mean by fix.  If you want Adobe Flash support, then no that is never going to happen.  If you want to view a website that does not recognise the webOS browser or is incompatible for some other reason (excluding Flash) then it is probably going to be down to the owner of the website to fix it.  The webOS browser is HTML5 compatible, yes it could do with some improvement but it is far from terrible.  I do not know what the state of DRM support is in the browser, this would be an issue for instance with Spotify, but this could of course be circumvented by a proper app.

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There are a couple of options.

  • See if there is a CBS app in the LG webstore. I do not believe there is, but I have not checked recently. There is CBS All Access, which is a pay service.  It has some great content, new and old, for just a few bucks per month, and will have a lot more than is available on their website.
  • Get a Chromecast. This would be my number one suggestion. With it, you can use the CBS app on your phone/tablet to cast right to the TV, or from a Chrome browser on your desktop. the Chromecast does all the work, with the mobile device just acting as a remote, so you can continue to use it while casting. There are other devices, like Roku and Amazon Fire, but I am not familiar with their specific app or casting support. I can tell you that, last I checked, Chromecast is the only device that supports screen-mirroring from both iOS and Android devices.

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LG sells us a large screen smart tv with a web browser as a prominent feature, it is implicit that it works with major web sites like cbs so we can use it. And there is no app or add on.  It is LG’s responsibility. 

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Tanya,

The web browser is built in as others have stated. And it sucks. Try projecting from your computer to the tv screen. It is easy to do and will allow you to run what you wish as the tv presentation is just a mirror of your computer screen.

 

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