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A quick search landed me on a thread from '13 about requesting a native app for LG smart tvs. 2yrs later and there is still no app... Is this even in the works or is there some exclusive deal with Samsung which wont allow it?
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jdubon3 wrote:

A quick search landed me on a thread from '13 about requesting a native app for LG smart tvs. 2yrs later and there is still no app... Is this even in the works or is there some exclusive deal with Samsung which wont allow it?

As CR dropped support in mid-July for the existing smart TV apps they had (due to low usage), I wouldn't expect that any others are currently in development.

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jdubon3 wrote:

A quick search landed me on a thread from '13 about requesting a native app for LG smart tvs. 2yrs later and there is still no app... Is this even in the works or is there some exclusive deal with Samsung which wont allow it?


Considering that they had, and recently completely dropped, apps for several other smart TVs , I wouldn't hold out a lot of hope for adding a specific LG one. The biggest problem for all of those is that each manufacturer uses a different technology and or programming interface, so keeping up with that is just crazy, especially for a small company, and they are at the mercy of each manufacturer, who can, and do make changes to the basic operating functionality all the time when introducing new models or just revamping what they have.

Currently the only sets that work out of the box are the various Roku TVs. There are 5 different manufacturers so far (TCL, Hisense, Smart, Insignia, Haier) basically using Roku Stick technology built in as their "smart" OS. Since it is basically Roku, the manufacturers all have to conform to the same standard, and CR doesn't have to do anything special to maintain an app individually for them, it is all wrapped in and is the same as for the separate little streaming hockey pucks, but integrated instead of having to have an attached device controlled by switching "input" selections.

The up side of Roku TVs is that by using the Roku menu, all separate inputs like VCRs, Cable TV boxes, games, even OTA antennas are treated like just another Roku channel, you can even move them around or delete them if you don't use them, so there is a cohesive clean menu with a very simple remote that can even send signals back to the devices to control them if they are new enough. If you have a tablet or phone, you can download the remote control app for those, which even lets you use voice search.

The down side is that they use Roku "stick" technology, so: wireless only, no cat-5/ethernet direct connection, voice search not directly in the remote (but can be used with a phone/tablet app), no headphone jack in the remote, less powerful processor, and in my testing, not as smooth of a playback experience. Using a Roku 3 hard-wired, I almost never have any issues, but with the wireless, less powerful processor in the TV I am occasionally seeing some of the other various issues that others have been reporting. Still not as bad of a time as others seem to be having, but enough to be a little irritating.
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