By News Reporter
New Upgrade Offers a Customizable Interface for TV Brand Partners,
More Content and Convenience for Users
SEOUL, Oct. 6, 2022 — LG Electronics (LG) has expanded its smart TV platform business with the recent rolling out of its webOS Hub, an upgraded version of its webOS solution for third-party partners. Delivering more customization options to smart TV makers and more convenience and content to end-users, webOS Hub will be available to an expanded network of 200 partner brands including Seiki, Eko, Stream System, Konka, Aiwa and Hyundai – a ten-fold increase from when LG commenced licensing its webOS ecosystem in early 2021.
More than just a smart platform, webOS Hub comes with support from LG’s technology partners, such as Dolby, Realtek, Gracenote and CEVA, and has been certified by more than 160 broadcasters from around the globe. The new upgrade further demonstrates the company’s commitment to extending the ultimate user experience to more consumers worldwide.
webOS Hub makes it possible for brands to customize the user interface (UI) in a variety of ways, such as fine-tuning the Home screen by selecting the color scheme, applying a visual style consistent with their identity or inserting a logo for visibility. By providing the capability to tailor webOS Hub, LG is enabling smart TV manufacturers to differentiate their offerings while delivering a more expansive and enjoyable user experience.
With enhanced usability and personalization features, webOS Hub provides users with a curated selection of content to check out based on their tastes and preferences. A real time-saver, Next Pick1 recommends up to three live programs, from broadcast stations or a connected set-top box, as well as one VOD title or app. Additionally, the new update supports LG’s Magic Explorer, which displays information relevant to the content being played, such as actor bios and filming locations.
webOS Hub also provides an improved viewing experience with Clear Voice PRO, a feature that makes onscreen dialogue much easier to hear. As with its predecessor, webOS Hub carries major content streaming services such as Netflix, Disney+, Prime Video and LG’s free, premium content service, LG Channels. Joining these are new streaming services such as Fubo TV, with popular cloud gaming service like NVIDIA GeForce NOW to be added as well.
Along with access to a diverse range of high-quality content, LG’s comprehensive solution for smart TVs presents an array of cutting-edge features, such as advanced picture processing, variable refresh rate (VRR) support2 and the Game Optimizer, which offers finetuned picture and audio settings for different game genres. The first webOS Hub-powered OLED TVs from LG’s partner TV brands will be launching soon, providing more users with the outstanding features and value already familiar to LG customers worldwide.
“We are committed to refining and expanding our webOS Hub ecosystem, which continues to introduce more and more consumers to the unparalleled user experience of LG webOS,” said Park Hyoung-sei, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company.
Over 120 million third-party devices in 150 countries are now powered by webOS – a number that is set to grow with the availability of the new and improved webOS Hub.
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1 Functionality varies by country.
2 Supported on OLED TV models.
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By News Reporter
Being an environmentally conscious company means looking deep into all business processes and putting the utmost effort into transforming, both externally and internally, from the supply chain to the organizational culture. In other words, LG aims to be an environmentally sustainable business, calling for specific and tangible actions with the three environmental ESG initiatives outlined in its BETTER LIFE PLAN 2030.
The initiatives mark a paradigm shift towards adopting tangible, specific and measurable actions for a better, cleaner and greener environment. Part two of the Better Life story series, this article looks at the environmental action plans LG has established and the goals it is working hard to achieve.
According to research, the average temperature on
link hidden, please login to view (2.2 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial times. Responding to the urgency of climate change, LG remains steadfastly committed to attaining carbon neutrality, and to converting entirely to renewable energy in the long term. Its dedication to both goals can already be seen in the energy-efficient technologies applied at LG Smart Park in Changwon, South Korea. Exercising immediate change for its carbon initiative, LG is converting to more efficient operational processes and applying energy-efficient technologies across all of its production plants. LG Smart Park, the company’s revolutionary production facility, deploys next-generation manufacturing innovations to simultaneously achieve higher production efficiency and enhanced sustainability. The manufacturing hub has increased productivity by 20 percent and reduced the cost of defective-product returns by 80 percent. Moreover, LG Smart Park has reduced greenhouse gas emissions and boosted energy efficiency per unit by 30 percent compared to the previous factory.
LG is looking to change the status quo of end-of-lifecycle management by using eco-friendly materials, streamlining manufacturing processes and turning discarded materials into ‘new’ resources, with the aim of creating a circular economy.
The reducing, recovering, recycling and reusing of materials are all very important in a circular economy. LG operates a free e-waste retrieval service in 52 countries and aims to collect an accumulated total of over eight million tons of used appliances from 2006 to 2030. As for recycling, LG is improving its existing processes to achieve a higher recycling rate, with the end goal of hitting 95 percent by 2030. As part of this, the company’s Chilseo Recycling Center (CRC) situated in Hamyang, South Korea, plans to replace the compressor and old equipment by the latter half of the year. Furthermore, LG recently invited its employees to come together in the collective journey towards circularity by using fewer disposable paper cups at work.
A global leader in consumer electronics, LG is dedicated to helping consumers realize a more sustainable lifestyle. This is why the company is applying eco-friendly technologies to all newly developed products, contributing to a smaller carbon footprint and resource recirculation.
By 2030, LG plans to have reduced total carbon emissions from the product-usage stage by 20 percent. It also projects that, from 2021 to 2030, it will have used an accumulated total of six hundred thousand tons of recycled plastics in the production of new home appliances. In the future, the company will be able to offer products that are even more energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable than its current crop of models, helping consumers to reduce their monthly energy bills, achieve a more sustainable household and enjoy the best version of the Better Life LG aims to provide.
For more on how LG is embracing inclusivity, sustainability and diversity in all that it does, stay tuned for the third and final Better Life story, coming soon to Beyond News.
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We just purchased a new LG WebOS TV OLED 65" and running the setup through the app or the TV remote says it can't load the user agreement. This is blocking us from getting to streaming apps like Nexflix or any smart functions like Voice assistant.
TV worked fine for a few days but voice assistant stopped working and after much effort LG tech said to Reset to Initial Settings. Now we have mentioned no smart functions. TV is on ethernet and its browser functions on web fine. Tried running off neighbor's wifi with same results.
Tried switching to different country, unplugging/hold power button for 20 seconds/wait one minute, resetting TV multiple times, setting up remote again, ...
Error message: Unable to Load User Agreements A server error has occurred while downloading the User Agreements. You must download and agree to the terms of the User Agreements to use this feature or application. Do you want to try to download them again… Unable to Load User Agreements Sorry, but the User Agreements can't be downloaded at this time…Please check your internet connection and try again later. No change when trying over five days.
Now there is no local company available to service TV. Maybe it's time to send it back and give LG TV a one star rating. I am willing to change motherboards but doubt if LG would go along with that.
Anyone have any ideas.
By News Reporter
Earlier this month, innovators from across the world joined LG at its LG NOVA Innovation Festival. Taking place at the Historic Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, the Innovation Festival gathered over 500 startups, industry experts, investors, mentors and influencers to converse, collaborate and network on challenges and topics that impact our future.
The festival hosted over 70 speakers, 23 sessions, keynotes from Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla and NuvoMedia and Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of Openwater and co-founder and CTO of the One Laptop per Child program, and a fireside chat with 4 time NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors and active investor, Andre Iguodala. For LG, the festival was the culmination of the year-long Mission for the Future Challenge, an initiative led by LG NOVA, the Silicon Valley-based LG North American Innovation Center whose mission is to find innovative, future-impacting startups and entrepreneur communities to build, nurture and help them grow.
“What’s fundamental to changing the world is startups learning how to dance with elephants. These elephants are large corporations who have the resources to assist with this mission.” – Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen
Gaby Novakovic from gener8tor interviews Andre Iguodala, 4x NBA Champion with the Golden State Warriors, General Partner, Mastry Ventures
“Passion is really big. If you don’t love what you do, then it is really hard to succeed.” – Andre Iguodala
Left to right, Lori Schwartz of Storytech, Marco Marinucci of Mind the Bridge, Christine Moon of BlueSpace.Ai, Young Lee of Meta Reality Labs, and Devon Drew of DFD Partners on the Power Panel: All About the Pivot
Insights shared during the panel:
“Now is a great time to be a startup. The world is looking for solutions from early-stage startups. Now, the vast majority of medium to large companies are realizing they need startups.” – Marco Marinucci
“As a leader you have to be constantly thinking ‘are we on track?’. The simple question is, are you offering value to the industry and to your customers?” – Christine Moon
“If you’re not failing from time to time, you’re not innovating enough,” – Young Lee
“Pivoting, for me, means you’re in tune with your customers. You have to be constantly pivoting to leave room to be adaptable to changes. Pivoting is a positive thing.” – Devon Drew
During the festival, LG NOVA announced its selection of
link hidden, please login to view for the Mission for the Future 2021 Program and kick-started this year’s global search – , the New and the Next. Submissions are open now until October 6, 2022. In this second year, LG and the LG NOVA team have expanded the scope of the program to include the Smart Home, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Display Solutions, along with its current tracks in Digital Health, Metaverse and Gaming, ESG/Electric Mobility and Open Innovation, in general. The intent is to get new breakthrough ideas that LG can support with its global infrastructure to help create transformation change sooner versus later.
Left to Right, Dr. Sokwoo Rhee from LG NOVA, Parsoua Shirzad and Andriyko Herchak of Trendi, Keith Loo of Skinopathy, Richard Wang, Diane Guo and Oscar Guo of Metalistings, and David Blaszkowsky of Helios Data, Startup competition winners at the LG NOVA Innovation Festival
One of the biggest highlights of the event was a startup pitch competition, where 12 companies pitched their ideas for changing the world to a panel of veteran entrepreneur judges and investors, including Andre Iguodala. Winners of the Pitch competition were: First place, , a Canadian robotics company helping the farm and food industry rescue and upcycle food waste into valuable products. Second place, , the digitization of the patient circle-of-care and solving many of the problems in dermatology today. Third place, , a multi-chain metaverse aggregator marketplace with maps. And Audience Favorite, , a secure data collaboration platform that eliminates data usage risk in personal data analysis and monetization.
Throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to interact with investors, corporate executives at LG and other companies, subject matter experts and each other as LG looks for ways to bring new innovations to the market that solve some of the biggest challenges in today’s world. That is what the LG Innovation Festival was created for – bring people together to discuss how to create a positive future and improve the quality of life.
“Innovation can happen in many different ways. We believe in the power of uniting startups and big corporations for the ultimate collaboration. Startups have amazing technologies and businesses on their own. We want to lift these startups to another level with LG NOVA. We’re going to see amazing businesses come out of these partnerships,” said Dr. Sokwoo Rhee, SVP of Innovation for LG and Head of LG NOVA.
Contributed by LG NOVA
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