CES 2012: LG Smart Upgrader Challenges Roku Streaming Stick

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Last week I wrote about Roku's new Streaming Stick that aims to transform any TV into a Smart TV. But, there was a hitch, the device only worked on the new MHL-enabled HDMI ports.

Today at CES, LG Electronics unveiled its new LG SmartTV Upgrader, which appears to have no such restriction. According to the LG press release:

"The Upgrader gives any television with an HDMI input the ability to access endless amounts of content including movies, sports, television programming, music and premium applications, all through an easy to navigate user interface...

Building upon the pioneering NetCast Entertainment Access offering, the LG SmartTV platform provides access to endless entertainment options from providers including*:
• VUDU– Allows consumers to buy or rent from an extensive catalog of more than 2,000 high-definition movies and TV titles without monthly fees or additional hardware. It also is the only online service to offer movies in 1080p.

• Netflix – Updated with Netflix 2.0, consumers can now stream thousands of movies without a PC.

• YouTube – Instantly streams millions of Web videos directly from the Internet.

• CinemaNow – Allows consumers to browse from the CinemaNow premium content catalog and instantly stream purchased or rented movies and popular TV shows.

• Hulu Plus – Subscribers have access to back seasons or full runs of some of TV’s greatest shows.

• Amazon Video on Demand – Allows consumers to view more than 75,000 hit movies and television shows instantly.

• Live Streaming Sports (multiple partners) – Pro sports fans can follow their favorite teams, stay up to date with player profiles, and stream games in HD quality.

Mike Tuttle
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