HBO Max App Launches on LG Smart TVs in U.S.

LG Electronics USA and WarnerMedia Aug. 3 announced that the HBO Max app is now available on LG Smart TVs in the United States, including its lineup of LG OLED TVs. The arrival of Max comes on the heels of the launch of SVOD/AVOD platform on LG Smart TVs across select territories in Latin America and the Caribbean in June.

LG Smart TV owners can now access Max on the TV’s webOS platform by opening the app using their remote or when available, by saying “HBO Max” into their LG Magic Remote.

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The launch of Max on LG Smart TVs comes as Warner Bros. Pictures is set to release The Suicide Squad in theaters and on Max on Aug. 5 — the latter available on the platform for 31 days in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10 and Dolby Vision.

Additional Max programming rolling out this summer includes the new comedy special Tig Nataro: Drawn; returning series “Back on the Record With Bob Costas”; a new documentary series, “Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump”; and a new season of “Hard Knocks: The Dallas Cowboys” from HBO Sports and NFL Films. Fans can also catch up on the Emmy Award-winning Max original series “The Flight Attendant” and “Hacks” are also set to bow their second season premieres. Additionally, this fall brings the same-day theatrical release of Dune, and the anticipated third season of the critically-acclaimed Emmy Award-winning series “Succession.”

LG OLED TVs feature more than 8 million self-lit pixels that can be individually controlled, resulting in claimed perfect black, over a billion rich colors and infinite contrast, and featuring Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The LG OLED C series is currently the top-selling premium TV series in the U.S., according to LG.

LG Electronics Touts Record 2020 Sales, Profits

LG Electronics Jan. 29 announced record 2020 revenue of KRW 63.26 trillion ($56.45 billion) and record operating profit of KRW 3.20 trillion ($2.85 billion), an increase of 31.1% over 2019, and driven primarily by higher sales of OLED TVs and home appliances, among other products.

Sales in the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31) of KRW 18.78 trillion ($16.76 billion) grew 16.9% from the same period of 2019 and were 11% higher than the previous quarter. Despite the impact of COVID-19, the quarter’s operating profit of KRW 650.20 billion ($580.19 million) increased significantly by 539% compared with the fourth quarter of 2019.

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While COVID-19 and slow economic recovery remain concerns for 2021, LG said it expects the global economy to normalize under the successful implementation of vaccinations.

LG Home Entertainment reported 2020 revenue of KRW 13.18 trillion ($11.76 billion) and operating profit of KRW 969.70 billion ($865.29 million), a 22.9% increase over the previous year. Sales in the quarter of KRW 4.28 trillion ($3.82 billion) were 7.9% higher than the fourth quarter of 2019 and up 16.7% from the previous quarter. Quarterly operating profit of KRW 204.50 billion ($182.48 million) reflected increased sales in North America and Europe.

 

Movies Anywhere App Available on LG Smart TVs

The Movies Anywhere app is now available on LG smart TVs, including LG OLED TVs, LG Electronics USA and Movies Anywhere announced.

Movies Anywhere lets users enjoy their purchased or redeemed digital movies combined in one personal collection. The service includes more than 7,900 titles.

LG is the first TV manufacturer to offer the streaming app.

With the Movies Anywhere app, in addition to streaming movies on LG smart TVs, users can also stream or download on LG smartphones, joining a wide array of other devices.

Additionally, with Screen Pass beta, Movies Anywhere is set to allow users to share their movies with others in a seamless way.

Movies Anywhere offers movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Pictures (including DreamWorks and Illumination Entertainment), The Walt Disney Studios (including Disney, Pixar, Twentieth Century Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm) and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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The app enables consumers to sync digital retail accounts, including Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu/Walmart, Xfinity, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, FandangoNow and Verizon Fios TV.

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LG OLED TVs include support for Dolby Vision IQ high dynamic range, Dolby Atmos, and the UHD Alliance’s Filmmaker Mode. With the webOS smart TV platform, the new LG OLED and LG NanoCell 4K and 8K UHD TVs provide access to apps and services such as Apple TV, Disney+, Netflix and LG Channels in addition to Movies Anywhere.