By Rob Infantino
We have two LG OLED TVs. WebOS appears differently on each. And we are able to download the Paramount+ app on one TV, but not on the other.
OLED65C7P (older) running software version 6.00.25
WebOS TV Version 3.9.0-62709
Does not allow the Paramount+ app to be installed
OLED65C9PUA (newer) running software version 5.10.25
WebOS TV Version 4.9.3-5340808
Allows the Paramount+ app to be installed
How can we get WebOS to appear the same on both TVs?
Apple has been rolling out the Apple TV app to many different platforms, including smart TVs, games consoles, and third-party streaming devices like the Amazon Fire Stick or Roku streaming sticks.
In a slight twist, the company is also launching a ‘Apple TV+’ app for older LG webOS TVs. Update: The TV+ app is also now available on older Samsung smart TV models.
The launch was first spotted by FlatpanelsHD, and later confirmed by an LG support document.
The standard Apple TV app is available on 2018 and newer LG webOS TVs. This special Apple TV+ app is targeted at 2016 and 2017 models.
Although the name and logo is different, the actual app experience appears identical to the TV app — except that you can only watch TV+ content. The Watch Now and other iTunes Store tabs are simply missing.
Somewhat comically, that means this app has just three tabs in the top navigation — Apple TV+, Search and Settings. It also means that the Up Next functionality previously found in the Watch Now tab is now awkwardly located as an inline row at the top of the tv+ page.
It is true that many proponents of Apple TV+ — including me — have wanted less focus on the iTunes Store in the TV app in order to focus on the content available to us with the subscription, but this particular stripped-down incarnation is not quite what we had in mind.
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After updating my LG TV to the latest firmware I saw a new option:
It is "Bluetooth Speaker Volume":
Before this update, I used to connect to my Bluetooth headphones quicker because the option "Connect" was the FIRST OPTION.
Now It is the second option and I have to press down every time to highlight "Connect".
Why replacing "Connect" with this disabled option "Bluetooth Speaker Volume" ?!
This is annoying because my TV fails to detect my headphones automatically so I have to go to this menu every day and select "Connect" manually. ☹️
Making "Bluetooth Speaker Volume" the first option just made this process more annoying because now I have to press more buttons.
My simple request is:
Make "Connect" the first option.
Every time we turn on our "smart" TV, it tries to connect to cable. We don't have cable. That's not very smart.
Because we don't have cable, we have static; it's noisy and annoying until I can push enough buttons on the remote to get to something else.
Is there a way to tell this thing not to boot into "TV" mode? (Best if it would remember what it was doing when I turned it off).