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LG update for webOS adds 4K streaming with DirecTV without extra boxes

LG announced that the company has expanded it’s lineup of content partners for its webOS Smart TV platform, including access to streaming Full HD and 4K content from DIRECTV without the need of extra boxes for DIRECTV subscribers.

This new offering is among a host of other premier content providers, giving LG Smart TV owners more home entertainment options than ever before.

LG also announced at no-cost firmware update for 2014 webOS Smart TVs to give owners virtually all of the new webOS 2.0 features that debuted on this year’s new Smart TV models. Upgraded LG webOS TVs will offer an improved user experience with a more intuitive layout, convenient shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and even faster response when switching between applications.

“As more consumers embrace streaming content as a preferred method for their video consumption, our goal is to ensure LG smart TVs are offering the simplest, fastest ways to access content services,” said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics. “Continuing to add high-value content providers, such as DIRECTV, supports our webOS brand promise of ‘making TV simple again,’ even on previous years’ models as seen with our webOS updates.”

LG’s new 2015 lineup of Smart TVs featuring webOS 2.0 will offer online access to more streaming content than ever before, including DIRECTV Ready and DIRECTV 4K Ready features. With the new service, subscribers won’t need extra boxes in each room because DIRECTV capability is built into the TV.

Select 2014 and 2015 LG Smart TVs will allow subscribers with a Genie HD DVR to enjoy a full HD DVR experience on each select LG Smart TV in their home without the extra clutter of extra set-top boxes. Subscribers with an LG 4K Ultra HD TV can enjoy new releases as well as their favorite classic films in stunning 4K with lifelike clarity, four times the resolution of HD. DIRECTV offers a variety of 4K UHD titles, including new releases, popular films and nature documentaries.

The company stated that the select 2014 and 2015 LG Smart TVs will have the new DIRECTV Ready application by Sept. 2. In addition to DIRECTV, other new content partners for LG webOS TVs launching this month include iHeartRadio and Rdio:

Owners of webOS 1.0 TVs who have the automatic update option enabled will receive the upgrade automatically. If automatic update is not enabled, users will receive a pop-up message on their screen to guide them through the easy upgrade process. LG’s 2014 Smart TV series that will receive the update are: LB6300, LB6500, LB7100, LB7200, UB8500, UB9200, UB9300, UB9500, UB9800, EC9300, EC9700 and EG9700.

LG’s webOS Smart TV platform is designed to make finding and switching between content options – including broadcast TV, streaming services and external devices – intuitive and fast. LG webOS features simple switching to let users quickly shift the content they like, as well as simple discovery to help find new sources of entertainment from 4K partners such as Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, YouTube, now DIRECTV and many more Full HD options.