LG Electronics is introducing 12 new Ultra HD television models, and all of them will be able to stream content in Ultra HD 4K format from Netflix later this year — providing four times the resolution of regular HD.
The LG family of Ultra HD TVs include a model with a gigantic, curved 105-inch OLED screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 5120-by-2160 resolution — for what is technically 5K resolution. LG’s UB9800 series of LED-based Ultra HD TVs include 65-, 79-, 84- and 98-inch units.
The South Korean consumer-electronics giant noted that it introduced the first Internet-connected Blu-ray Disc player to offer Netflix streaming in 2008. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, speaking at LG’s press conference Monday at the 2014 International CES, said: “Streaming will be the primary way consumers receive Ultra HD 4K, and we are excited to be working with LG to make this a reality later this year.”
Netflix has said it will offer season 2 of original drama series “House of Cards” in 4K format through device from CE partners. Vizio is among other TV makers supporting Netflix’s 4K content.
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LG’s 2014 Ultra HD TVs include an HEVC codec chip, for decoding video signals in both MPEG-4 H.264 and HEVC H.265 formats, in either 30 or 60 frames per second. The company didn’t announce pricing or availability. Its current 4K TVs range from $5,200 for a 65-inch TV up to $20,000 for the 85-inch model.
Each of the LG TVs run the webOS smart TV platform, which the CE company acquired last February from Hewlett-Packard. The new user experience provides smoother and faster transitions between screens, according to LG. In addition, the webOS’s Live Menu offers an array of information, features and content including TV show recommendations, a search bar and previously viewed programs.
The LG Ultra HD sets include the vendor’s proprietary Cinema 3D system, which uses film patterned retarder (FPR) technology to render 3D images with what it claims is virtually no flicker or cross-talk.