January 7, 2014
CES 2014: LG’s New Line Of TVs For 2014 Support Netflix
Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
As previously rumored, LG Electronics (LG) will introduce an Ultra High Definition TV set for 2014 that will include streaming capabilities from over-the-top (OTT) video service Netflix. The South Korean consumer electronics giant made it official at its Monday morning press conference in Las Vegas at the 2014 International CES.“LG and Netflix have had a long-standing history of first-to-market introductions including the first network Blu-ray player to offer Netflix streaming back in 2008, which created the new category of Internet-connected consumer electronics devices,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, president and CTO, LG Electronics in a statement. “Netflix 4K content delivered on our amazing Ultra HD screens through our new webOS Smart TV platform will change the way consumers enjoy television.”
On Monday LG announced a total of 15 new TV product lines for 2014, which follows three OLED sets that the company announced a week earlier. Four of the newly announced sets are UHD models – also known as 4K. These will offer four times the resolution of current generation Full HD 1080p sets.
It is also expected that UHD/4K will be the big news this year and LG will bring to market several big sets including the 105-inch curved UC9; as well as the UB9800 in 65-, 79-, 84- and 98-inch screen sizes. In addition the company will deliver the UB9500 line in 55- and 65-inch models, and the UB8500 in 49- and 55-inch sizes. All of these sets will be 3D-capable and support LG’s 2014 webOS smart platform, the connected TV interface that LG acquired from HP last February. Prices of the sets have yet to be announced except for the 105UC9 model, which will be available later this year for $69,999.
On the OLED front, LG unveiled its 77-inch, 4K OLED EC9800 set last week, and while it won’t arrive until later this year its price was announced to be $29,999. Two other OLED models were also revealed in advance of CES, and these include the EC9300 and EA800 – both 55-inch models. The 55EA8000 has been dubbed “Gallery OLED” as it is fitted with a hidden speaker system built into the picture frame-like bezel. This is aimed at those who might desire to disguise their TV as a painting or other work of art.
Despite the push for the two hot new technologies, LG is sticking with the now dominant LCD set, which will remain very much a part of its 2014 lineup with high-end, as well as more budget priced, models. On the high-end, the sets will be webOS compatible and capable of 120 Hz or greater - the flagship LB7100 is a 240 Hz product. This model will be available in 55-, 60-, 65- and 70-inch versions.
The step down LB6500 will be offered in 47-, 50-, 55 and 60-inch models, while the LB6300 will include 42-, 47-, 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-inch versions.
Midrange models – all Full HD 1080p but not 3D-capable or true “smart TVs” – include the high-mid LB600, a 120 Hz panel in sizes that include 47-, 50-, 55- and 60-inches; while the LB5800 is a 60 Hz panel version in 32-, 39-, 42- and 47-inch sizes.
LG introduced two budget level sets with 720p resolution. The LB7400 will be available as a 28-inch model while the LB4500 will be available in 22- and 24-inch screen sizes.
Also notable from Monday’s event is that LG announced that it will introduce four plasma TV sets for 2014, which comes as a surprise as rival TV makers have either exited or announced that they would exit the market, such as the case with Panasonic, which announced it would bow out of the plasma TV market by March 2014.
In addition to the four PDP (plasma display panels) introduced at CES, LG will also continue to support its PN4500 PDP model line that was introduced last year.
The new 60-inch flagship PN6900 will feature a native 1080p resolution and will also be the only 3D-capable plasma from the South Korean company to be introduced this year. The company will also introduce step down 1080p sets with its PB6600 and PB6500 models. The former is available in 50- and 60-inch screen sizes, while the latter is available as a 60-inch model. The company will also continue to support the entry level market with a 50-inch 720p model: the PB560B.