Cinedigm Bows Nine FAST Channels on LG Smart TVs

Cinedigm Dec. 22 announced that nine of its streaming networks are now available on LG Smart TVs, including LG OLED TVs, as a free, ad-supported service integrated into the television and channel guide.

“Smart TVs have transformed the way viewers consume content with connected TVs becoming the dominant viewing medium for hundreds of millions of viewers,” Jennifer Soltesz, VP of business development and strategy at Cinedigm, said in a statement. “Introducing these streaming channels on LG Smart TVs now expands Cinedigm’s presence across virtually all major television manufacturers in the world.”

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The channels include:

The Bob Ross Channel (United States & Canada): the late painter has been entertaining audiences with his calm artistic style since 1983. The channel contains the entire catalog of Ross’ television series, “The Joy of Painting.”

Dove Channel (United States): featuring family-themed entertainment, including comedy classics like The Little Rascals, young adult series The Saddle Club, dramas Sue Thomas F.B. Eye, and faith favorites like The Ultimate Gift.

Real Madrid TV (United States & Canada): a channel dedicated to one of the most recognized soccer brands in world. The channel provides viewers one-of-a-kind access to matches, showing three matches per week during the season of Real Madrid’s La Liga games, as well as their UEFA Champions League and Cup tournaments. In addition, the channel airs classic matches, exclusive club insight, breaking news, press conferences, training time and more.

El Rey Network (United States & Canada): the Latinx-infused, English-language channel founded by director Robert Rodriguez has broken into the digital space featuring grindhouse, cult classic action and horror/sci-fi films as well as favorites The Director’s Chair, Rebel Without a Crew and The Chuey Martinez Show.

Lonestar (United States & Canada): provides viewers a look back into the golden age of Hollywood, with a network devoted to classic westerns. With hundreds of hours of content, including films Blue Steel, McLintock! and Angel and the Badman, and classic TV shows “Bonanza,” “The Lone Ranger” and “The Roy Rogers Show.”

MyTime Movie Network (United States): a channel dedicated to women, offering access to female-led movies, series and lifestyle content. Featuring original and exclusive films and series, MyTime offers an experience equal to paid alternatives through an array of female-led thrillers, romantic comedies, holiday content, reality series, and more.

The Country Network (United States & Canada): a channel devoted to country music lovers with a mix of music-centric and original programming. The Country Network provides viewers with an intimate look at today’s country superstars and the rising stars, as well as devoted blocks of their favorite music videos.

So … Real (Canada): From the bizarre to the heart-warming, So … Real has all your reality TV cravings covered. Combining the best of British and international content, So … Real showcases premium reality series alongside fascinating documentaries from award-winning producers. From Tattoo Fixers to Air Rescue, Kids and Counting to Helicopter Heroes, our shows offer both familiar favorites and fresh finds, to make sure you’re never bored.

The Only Way Is Essex (United States & Canada): the international series has been a hit on both sides of the pond. Featuring the first 13 seasons of the reality show, viewers won’t have to miss a moment of the characters they love to hate and hate to love.

Tubi Now Streaming on LG Smart Televisions

Fox Entertainment’s ad-supported streaming service Tubi is now available on LG smart-TVs, including OLED models, in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. LG smart-TV users now have direct access to Tubi’s library of 35,000 movies and television series from more than 250 content partners, including every major studio, in addition to free live local and national news channels. With the addition of LG, Tubi is now distributed on 29 different platforms.

LG smart-TV users can access Tubi on the “Launcher Bar” of the TV’s webOS platform, with the Tubi catalog soon fully integrated into LG’s on-device search. Tubi also is accessible by saying “Tubi” into the “LG Magic Remote.”

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Tubi originals include episodes of animated adult humor series “The Freak Brothers,” premiering every Sunday through December. The all-star voice cast includes Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Woody Harrelson, Emmy and Golden Globe winner John Goodman, Emmy and Grammy winner Tiffany Haddish, and Pete Davidson.

Viewers also can view recently launched Tubi originals “Swim,” starring Joey Lawrence, and “Tales of a Fifth Grade Robin Hood,” starring Jon Lovitz. Viewers will soon have access to original documentaries from Fox Alternative Entertainment; animated titles from Fox’s animation studio, Bento Box Entertainment; and independent-minded titles across the Black cinema, thriller, horror, sci-fi, romance and Western genres.

In December, movies streaming include The Social Network and Silence of the Lambs, The Cat in the Hat and Where the Wild Things Are, in addition to unconventional Christmas fare such as Die Hard 2 and Black Christmas.

Tubi, which Fox acquired in 2020 for $440 million, is available on Android and iOS mobile devices, Amazon Echo Show, Google Nest Hub, and on OTT devices such as Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, GoogleTV, Vizio TVs, Sony TVs, Samsung TVs, Hisense TVs, Comcast X1, Cox Contour, PlayStation 4 and 5, and Xbox One and Series X | S.

LG Offering Smart-TV Owners Free Access to Apple TV+ Streaming Service

Beginning Nov. 15, LG Smart-TV owners in more than 80 countries will have free three-month access to the Apple TV+ subscription streaming service. The promotion reverts to a $4.99 monthly subscription thereafter unless canceled.

Apple launched its branded streaming service in November 2019 days before the launch of Disney+. The CE giant has offered free 12-months of streaming service to anyone purchasing an Apple device, including iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and Mac computer.

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The LG promotion applies to all compatible 2016-21 8K and 4K LG Smart-TV models and is available to LG TV owners who sign-up for the promotion by Feb. 13, 2022. The offer is redeemable by following the on-screen instructions in the LG Content Store or by clicking the Apple TV+ advertisement banner on the LG TV home menu.

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Apple TV+ original programming includes award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso,” starring and executive produced by Jason Sudeikis; “The Morning Show,” starring and executive produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon; and the world-building saga “Foundation,” which marks the first-ever on-screen adaptation of the Isaac Asimov novel series.

New titles debuting this week include “Dr. Brain,” the first Korean-language original series based on a popular Korean webtoon, and Finch, starring Tom Hanks marking his follow-up to World War II naval actioner Greyhound.

Discovery+ Now Streaming on LG Smart TVs in the U.S.

Discovery and LG Electronics USA Oct. 13 announced that the Discovery+ subscription streaming service is now available as an app on LG Smart TVs in the United States, including LG OLED TVs and LG QNED Mini-LED TVs.

LG Smart TV owners can now access to the $4.99 monthly ad-supported service ($6.99 without ads) on the TV’s webOS platform. Discovery+ features reality-based programming, including True Crime, Home, Love & Relationships, Food, Paranormal & Unexplained and Adventure, as well as documentaries, such as the premiere of Introducing, Selma Blair.

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“We are thrilled to expand the availability of discovery+ and provide LG customers a direct and easy way to stream our much-loved brands, series and talent,” Gabriel Sauerhoff, SVP of digital distribution and commercial partnerships at Discovery, said in a statement. “The announcement of Discovery+ on LG Smart TVs builds upon our existing relationship with a valued partner, and we look forward to the continued growth of discovery+ and reaching more fans around the world.”

Discovery+ offers 60,000 episodes of current and classic shows from Discovery’s portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Magnolia Network, as well as more than 200 Discovery+ original titles and hundreds of hours of exclusive content. Additionally, the service offers top non-fiction content from A&E, History channel and Lifetime, as well as the definitive offering of nature and environmental programming, headlined by exclusive streaming access to the largest collection of natural history from the BBC.

Discovery is in the process of getting regulatory approval for its $43 billion minority ownership, operational control deal for WarnerMedia. The new company will be called Warner Bros. Discovery.

FuboTV Now Streaming on LG Smart TVs

Sports-themed online subscription television service fuboTV is now available on LG Smart TVs. Beginning June 7, subscribers can stream live sports, news and entertainment through the fuboTV app on LG TV’s 2018-21 models, including the LG OLED TVs.

The app on LG Smart TVs affords up to six users within a subscription to personalize their fuboTV channels. Each individual user can store their own recorded content, personalized recommendations, and a user guide unique to their content preferences.

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Users on the LG Smart TV app will be able to mark their favorite channels and move their top selections to the front of the guide.

The app also offers a “set it and forget it” feature that enables users the ability to record an entire series with one click.

The “Watch Next” feature lets users binge a series. Once an episode ends, they will automatically have the next episode suggested to them.

LG Smart TV owners can begin a free trial of fuboTV by scanning the QR code placed within the app.

In addition to LG Smart TVs, fuboTV is currently available on the Web, Android and iOS mobile and tablet apps, Chromecast, XBox One’s family of devices, and connected and smart TVs such as Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Apple’s TV app, Hisense, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs.

LG Takes Stake in TV Data and Measurement Firm

LG Electronics, through U.S. subsidiary Zenith Electronics, has taken a controlling stake of more than 50% in TV data and measurement firm Alphonso Inc.

The move is designed “to bring together the two TV industry leaders’ technologies and innovations in LG’s smart TV lineup,” the companies announced. 

“LG has made understanding customer tastes and consumer trends one of its highest priorities as part of its digital transformation strategy to deliver better customized services,” according to a press release.

LG plans to utilize Alphonso software and services — including Alphonso’s data analytics, media planning and activation, and Video AI capabilities — with its home entertainment products.

Alphonso’s combined offerings will enrich consumer services including content recommendations and LG’s own streaming service, LG Channels, to create a robust owned and operated first-screen, cross-device advertising platform with integrated analytics for the smart TV marketplace generally and for LG smart TVs specifically, according to the companies. 

Alphonso will continue to operate as an independent business under its current brand and leadership based in Silicon Valley.

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“Our investment in Alphonso is a key component of our digital transformation strategy focusing on AI, big data and cloud to fundamentally change how consumers interact with their devices,” said Park Hyoung-sei, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company, in a statement. “With Alphonso’s TV data analysis capabilities, LG will be able to better fulfill consumers’ needs by providing them even more customized services and content. We are proud to welcome Alphonso to the LG family.” 

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“LG and Alphonso have a shared vision for advancing the smart TV ecosystem through innovative software and services oriented toward modern new consumer experiences on one end, and highly flexible, lucrative advertising, planning, and measurement offerings for brands, agencies, and broadcasters on the other,” Ashish Chordia, founder and CEO of Alphonso, said in a statement.

“Becoming part of LG Electronics gives Alphonso the backing of one of the world’s leaders in home entertainment products, with access to a massive global inventory of connected TV screens,” he added. “We can now maximize our mutual impact on the TV marketplace as we bring our products together and deliver immense value for the ecosystem.”

Sling TV Feature Integrates Over-the-Air Broadcast Channels Into Guide on LG Smart TVs

Sling TV announced a feature that integrates free, local over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels into the Sling TV guide on 2020 LG Smart televisions with webOS 5.0, without the need to switch inputs or applications.

The channel tuning feature, available on all 2020 LG OLED and LG NanoCell TVs, allows consumers to access their local broadcast networks, including ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and PBS, directly within the Sling TV app when connected to an OTA antenna.

“The best value in TV today is Sling TV plus free live locals,” Jon Lin, VP of product at Sling TV, said in a statement. “We’re making it easier than ever to watch free local channels directly within the Sling TV app, making 2020 LG Smart televisions an amazing value for those who appreciate a quality viewing experience, live local programming and OTT content from Sling TV.”

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To begin watching local broadcast networks in the Sling TV experience, owners of compatible LG Smart TVs connect an OTA antenna directly to their television and begin the one-time channel scanning process. To scan for channels, consumers access the TV’s settings tab, select “All Settings,” “Channels,” “Channel Tuning” and finally “Auto Tuning.”

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Once Sling TV receives the tuner’s signal, all available local channels will appear within the interface like any other channel. Consumers can further customize their Sling TV experience by filtering for local channels within the guide or adding local channels to “My Channels.”

For more information on the integration with LG Smart TVs, visit Sling.com/LG or the Sling TV Help Center for a step-by-step setup guide.

The average American household today can receive 44 local OTA channels at no cost, resulting in hundreds of dollars in annual savings, according to Sling TV. Cord cutters interested in learning which live locals are available in their area can now use the Sling TV local channel finder tool. To search, type in a street name and zip code and click “View My Locals” to see a comprehensive list of channel results for any desired location in the United States.