Skype, karaoke and thousands of movies added to LG’s Smart TV
LG expands its popular Internet-enabled TV system to include four new app partnerships
Toronto, ON - September 27th, 2011 – In line with their continued commitment to expand premium content available through their Internet-enabled LG Smart TV, LG Electronics Canada today announced four new partnerships for its Smart TV ecosystem designed to entertain the whole family: Skype™, The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), The KARAOKE Channel and Ameba.
Users with LG Smart TV products will not only have easy, on-demand access to online digital content right on their television through a simple home interface, but in keeping with LG’s strong support of Canadian innovation, three of the applications: NFB, The KARAOKE Channel and Ameba, have been designed by Canadian organizations.
“Continued expansion in LG Smart TV content empowers Canadians to change the way they interact with their TV by connecting it to the Internet,” said Eric Agius, President & CEO, LG Electronics Canada. “With these new partnerships, the continued expansion of available premium and Canadian content through LG’s award-winning Smart TV user interface assures that LG remains a leader in Internet-connected TV in Canada.”
Making Skype available on new LG Smart TVs will help bring families together even when they are provinces or continents apart, connecting from the comfort of their couches through their Internet-enabled TVs. LG’s Smart TV technology and partnerships now makes friends and family into stars in your life, by bringing them right onto your TV screen.
The National Film Board
Unlimited access to the country’s 2,000 best films is now just a remote control click away with the new National Film Board app channel on LG’s Smart TV.
“This new app was created in partnership with LG, who are leaders in connected TV development,” said Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson. “It represents an important step forward for the NFB—our first application beyond mobile and tablet platforms. Over the past three years, the National Film Board of Canada has established itself as a leader in the digital realm, pioneering new ways of delivering its historic collection of ground-breaking documentaries and animation on viewers’ platform of choice, while developing the interactive art and entertainment forms of the 21st century.” This app was created by the NFB and the content is available in both English and French.
The KARAOKE Channel
The KARAOKE Channel highlights how LG’s Smart TV ecosystem changes the traditional television experience by turning your TV into a personal karaoke machine right in your living room. Also Canadian-designed and with a library of 8,000 songs in languages including English, French and Spanish, LG Smart TV and The KARAOKE Channel will provide endless interactive fun for family and friends.
"Stingray is pleased to partner with LG to offer The KARAOKE Channel App for LG Smart TVs", says Eric Boyko, President and CEO of Stingray Digital, owner of The KARAOKE Channel. "LG Smart TV owners will be among the first to experience the best karaoke experience of both Internet and TV worlds: HD karaoke videos displayed on large screen TVs combined with the catalogue, features and convenience that Internet streaming allows."
Ameba , Smart TV for Children
Rounding out the new additions, the Ameba app provides access to the leading digital service focused solely on children’s television programming. With over 2,000 episodes in their video library, Ameba TV app brings on demand access to a wide variety of entertaining, educational and enriching children’s titles. With shows available in English, French, Spanish and Mandarin, it provides excellent value for parents and a vast selection of programming for kids two to twelve years of age.
"Joining forces with LG to offer Ameba on the Smart TV platform makes it easy for parents to access quality children's programming on the devices they already own," said Ameba President Tony Havelka. "With direct access to Ameba now embedded in LG Smart TVs, with a simple click of a button, parents can offer their children instant access to a growing library of great children's programming all presented in a safe viewing environment."
These apps will be available immediately and pre-loaded on new LG Smart TV’s, and for those not yet in the market for a new TV, the NFB, The KARAOKE Channel and Ameba apps will all be available later this year on the LG Smart TV Upgrader and Smart TV Blu-ray devices.
About LG Canada, Inc.
The LG brand was established in 1995. The company is a global leader in electronics, information and communications products, with more than 82,000 employees working in 77 countries around the world, and annual worldwide revenues of more than US $40 billion. LG Canada is comprised of five business units - Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Home Entertainment, Business Solutions and Commercial Air Conditioning. The company has offices in Toronto and Vancouver. LG Canada is focused on delivering award-winning products known for blending style and technology. These innovative products include cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptop computers and home appliances. For more information please visit www.LG.com.