LG 2017, 2018 WebOS Smart TVs To Add Xfinity Cable App
Cable TV giant Comcast revealed Monday that LG Electronics USA is the latest television manufacturer to agree to include its Xfinity TV Partner app in smart TVs.
The cable service’s streaming TV app will appear in LG 2017 and 2018 model 4K Ultra HDTVs using its webOS smart TV platform, starting as a beta trial later this year or early in 2018.
LG joins Samsung and select Roku TVs carrying the Xfinity TV streaming cable service, which is based on a managed IPTV connection. This is different from regular over-the-top streaming video services that are available publicly over the internet.
Read more on the LG webOS TVs getting the Xfinity TV partner app after the jump:
In addition to providing access to cable channels from a regular Xfinity TV service subscription, the Xfinity TV Partner app will feature Comcast’s popular X1 guide. Customers will be able to access their Xfinity cable service tier through their television sets without the need for a cable box.
The app will provide access to both live and video-on-demand (VOD) content, along with access to local broadcast TV stations, public television programming and educational and governmental channel services.
Comcast said it would also offer DVR-recording in the Cloud for subscribers running the app.
The app will begin to appear in the webOS app store library of 2017 and 2018 LG smart TVs, including LG 4K Ultra HD OLED and LG 4K Super UHD LED-LCD TVs beginning in 2018, the companies said.
Comcast said the inclusion of LG TVs into the mix of Xfinity App partners expands “the range of retail devices Xfinity TV customers can use to access the programming that is included with their subscription.”
The app platform leverages open standard HTML5 technology, with a common framework that smart TV, TV-connected, and IP-enabled retail device manufacturers can use to develop a Xfinity TV Partner app for their device.
Adding another TV partner to its streaming mix, Comcast said LG Electronics would install the multi-system operator’s Xfinity TV Partner app on 2017 and 2018 smart TVs that run the webOS platform sometime in 2018.
In addition to Samsung TVs, which was the first to offer the Xfinity TV Partner app, Roku began offering a beta version of the Xfinity TV app on certain streaming player models and integrated Roku TVs last January.
Comcast has made certain 4K VOD content available to TV service subscribers through 4K Samsung TVs via the streaming app.
By Greg Tarr
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