Straight from SEOUL is the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader – sounds like a mouthful but what does it do? Well, nearly all new LG TV’s have something called “Smart TV” which is a sort of gateway to the internet from your TV. You can stream videos from the internet or from another computer in your house, browse the internet in a web browser and even download “TV Apps”. However, some older TV’s are missing out on this technology and LG has came out with a fix. This little set-top-box sort of device simply plugs into your TV and boom – all the features of LG Smart TV are on your older TV set at home. No need to buy a new TV.
This is a pre-release announcement before CES, so there is no indication on pricing. However, it won’t make it to our shelves until Q2 2011. Check out the full media release after the break.
SEOUL, Dec. 30, 2010 — At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the Smart TV Upgrader (ST600) that makes it easy for viewers to transform their regular TVs into Smart TVs at an affordable price. Embracing all the benefits of internet connectivity, the Upgrader gives regular TV owners access to all of LG’s Smart TV functions including premium online content, Smart Share and the full range of LG Apps.
“The market for Smart TVs is set to take off this year, and the ST600 offers a perfect entry point,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the LG Smart TV Upgrader, we’re taking the excitement and convenience of Smart TV and adding in LG’s trademark ease-of-use because we see a significant audience who are interested but not interested enough to buy a whole new TV.”
By connecting the ST600 to a regular TV set, users can access a vast range of premium content from global providers, as well as the best locally sourced shows and movies to cater to different tastes around the world. The ST600 also connects users to the growing range of LG Apps, which are custom designed for use on TVs and offer everything from language classes to games.
LG makes the viewing experience more compelling still with its superb compatibility, which lets users simply and wirelessly transfer content from their Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA)-compatible PCs and other compatible devices for viewing on the big screen.
LG’s Smart TV Upgrader will be unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and rolled-out to TV owners in the second quarter of 2011.
Main CPU: BCM7615
DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash
LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser
AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP)
USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage)
– Finger Touch RCU
Size: 11cm x 11cm