LG's Cinema 3D and Smart TVs go on saleFirst 2011 Which? TV reviews due online in June
08 April 2011
LG's Cinema 3D TVs are now available to buy on the high street, and Which? takes a look at some of the key features as its 2011 TV testing programme begins.
LG Cinema 3D
LG will continue to sell passive 3D TVs, which the company has rebranded 'Cinema 3D'. This type of 3D TV requires 3D glasses similar to those found at cinemas. Passive glasses are lighter and cheaper than active shutter glasses.
Philips and Toshiba are also due to release passive 3D TVs in 2011, while Panasonic, Samsung and Sony are continuing to create active shutter 3D TVs.
LG says that the 2011 plasma TVs it will launch in the autumn will use active shutter 3D technology.
If you're looking to save money on a 3D TV, check out our 3D TV reviews of 2010 models.
Find out more about how 3D TVs work in our 3D TV advice guide
LG Smart TV
Forty per cent of LG's TVs in 2011 will be Smart TVs, which means LG will be able to provide users with access to web-based content through its Smart TV interface.
The content is largely video- and games-based content. BBC iPlayer and YouTube applications are both currently available, and LG says that discussions are ongoing with LOVEFiLM.
LG's Smart TV service is also available through some of its Blu-ray players; and any HDTV can access a slimmed down version of Smart TV when connected with LG's new Smart TV converter box, the LG ST600. This device will be launched in the UK in May.
To keep apace with these new internet-based TV features, LG has launched a TV remote control app for iPhone and Android phones. LG's Magic Pointer remote control, which works like a Nintendo Wii remote control, is also available.
LG's 4-, 5- and 6-series LED TVs are now on sale, with screen sizes ranging between 32 and 55 inches.
Take a look at our video demonstrating how remote controls are going to have to change to keep abreast with internet-enabled TV use.
And if you'd like to see more of what's available from LG's Smart TVs, then check out our LG Smart TV video review.
But most importantly, if you're shopping for a new TV, be sure to read our in-depth, lab-based LED, LCD and plasma TV reviews.
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