LG: Majority of Connected-TV Users Prefer Free, Ad-Supported Streaming Video

Nearly 70% of connected TV users prefer free, ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) content instead of a paid subscription without ads, and more than half (53%) spend two or more hours per week using FAST applications, according to new data from LG Ad Solutions.

The LG study, which is based on an online survey of 1,100 CTV owners in the United States, found that while 56% of U.S. CTV users prefer watching content via streaming applications, it takes viewers almost 12 minutes on average to decide what to watch, up from 6 minutes the prior year. In addition, 38% cite too many content choices as their top challenge when looking for content to watch — with 37% stating they can’t remember what platform content is on.

Another 63% of respondents said they are likely to sign up for a streaming subscription service to watch specific content and then cancel/pause their subscription after watching.

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Forty-two percent of respondents said they prefer ads that have interactive features, with 71% of viewers liking TV ad creatives that include a QR code. In addition, 62% are open to scanning a QR code, and 38% are likely to make a purchase after scanning a QR code on a TV ad.

“As content continues to proliferate across channels and platforms, making content more discoverable through strategies like leveraging the [CTV] home screen will be vital to capture consumer eyeballs,” Tony Marlow, CMO at LG Ad Solutions, said in a statement.

Marlow added that 40% of CTV users currently rely on the TV home screen for content recommendations.

“Consumers are now overwhelmingly open to ad-supported streaming content, signaling a seismic shift in their CTV habits,” he said. “It is now a place where people engage with the personalized content and where marketers can connect with those audiences through highly relevant messages.”

Crunchyroll Anime Streaming Service Launches on LG Smart TVs

The Crunchyroll anime streaming service app launched Feb. 21 on LG Electronics smart TVs in the United States and across international regions.

The service features more than 18,000 hours, 46,000 episodes and films, and 3,300 Japanese music videos and concert specials.

Viewers will also get expanded access to the simulcast series streaming on Crunchyroll shortly after premiering in Japan, including the dark fantasy “Solo Leveling,” “Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End,” and the comedic “Mashle: Magic and Muscles,The Divine Visionary Candidate Exam Arc,” among other content. Crunchyroll’s catalog is available in subtitled or dubbed formats across more than 12 languages including English, Spanish (Latin America and Spain/Castilian), Portuguese, French, German, Arabic, Italian, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

“Our new partnership with LG makes it even easier to be an anime fan,” Kaliel Roberts, chief product officer at Crunchyroll, said in a statement. “Anime offers a variety of genres and viewing adventures and now viewers have even more options to dive deeper.”

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Crunchyroll has more than 13 million paying subscribers globally, and serves 200 countries and territories with a dedicated anime streaming library, while also offering events and experiential, theatrical, gaming, merchandise, e-commerce and more.

Fragmentation, Content Discovery Key Topics for Speakers at EnTech Fest

Fragmentation in the digital marketplace and strategies to make finding content easier were key topics for speakers at the Feb. 7 EnTech Fest in Los Angeles, presented by DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

During the conference, which DEG president and CEO Amy Jo Smith said drew 750 attendees, panel moderator Mark Finer of Communication Research unveiled a study conducted with Screen Engine that found nearly half of consumers want to access all of their content in one place.

LG Electronics’ Matt Durgin (left) and Communication Research’s Mark Finer on an EnTech Fest panel Feb. 7.

Smart TV home pages are a key entry point to finding content.

“The home page is where we’re impacting changes to the entertainment space, so it’s a big responsibility to manage these home pages,” said Matt Durgin of LG Electronics. That entry point often looks similar among manufacturers, he said.

“Look at everyone’s home page,” he said. “It’s FAST. It’s everyone’s service, and probably an ad.”

Still, manufacturers are trying to group content so that consumers can more easily find what they want to watch, speakers said.

For instance, Roku’s Jason Weber pointed to his company’s “Sports Zone” category, which aggregates all live and upcoming sports.

“We work with our partners to leverage metadata that they provide,” said Google TV’s Tom Gorke. Google TV’s home page surfaces “continue watching” content for the consumer, no matter where that content resides. Google TV also has a “live” tab to show available live content.

“We understand what services a user subscribes to, and we can then provide them with recommendations from those services,” he said, noting that for instance a Max title can appear right next to one from Paramount+.

Evolving personalization is “a core goal of ours,” he said.

Vizio’s Madhu Somasundaram (left) and Roku’s Vicki Liao on an EnTech Fest panel Feb. 7.

Vizio’s Madhu Somasundaram noted his company leverages automatic content recognition (ACR) data, which collects viewing data on Vizio TVs, “to see what consumers want.”

Fandango’s Cameron Douglas noted that the company’s Vudu digital transactional service has 25,000 AVOD titles, mostly independent films — part of a vast library of more the 250,000 titles.

“It’s easy for stuff to get lost,” he said. “The industry needs to get better at personalization. It amazes me how much stuff is found just through search.”

Paramount Streaming’s Will Gurman said the company links brands to boost the overall business and drive consumers to content they might like. For instance, the company used viewings of the Paramount hit show “Yellowstone” as a “hook” to drive audiences to other Westerns on Pluto TV. He said Paramount Streaming uses a mix of human curation and data to match consumers with content.

“We’re trying to lean in to hyperfocus on categories where we think audiences will cluster,” he said.

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In helping consumers find content, “we’re really trying to emulate an experience similar to a rabbit hole” using “robust machine learning,” said Tubi’s Sam Harowitz. The AVOD company — which Harowitz said sees VOD (rather than linear FAST) as the future of streaming — last year mounted a Super Bowl ad in which a comedically aggressive rabbit pushes consumers down a “rabbit hole” of content, exhorting viewers to “find rabbit holes you didn’t know you were looking for.”

As FAST channels have exploded, Roku’s Vicki Liao said, “We have become more focused on selecting channels to fill where there’s an audience or genre need.”

She added, “We’re always looking at things that can be improved with product features or even human curation.”

LG Announces New Lineup of 2024 QNED and QNED Mini LED TVs

LG Electronics has announced the newest lineup of 2024 QNED and QNED Mini LED TVs, which the company says offer a wider selection of screen choices including a 98-inch screen model, with vibrant picture quality, advanced AI-powered processing technologies and extensive personalization features.

U.S. pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

LG 2024 QNED TVs have developed significantly more intelligence with the α8 AI Processor, improving upon its predecessor with an 1.3-fold increase in AI performance, a 2.3-fold enhancement in graphic performance, and a processing speed that is 1.6 times faster, according to LG.

AI Picture Pro offers picture quality based on deep learning, according to the company. The feature distinguishes faces, objects, and backgrounds within a scene, enriching the texture and fine details. Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro splits the picture into blocks and analyzes each in real-time to detect the darkest and brightest areas, elevating the details with precise HDR optimization to deliver three-dimensional image quality, according to LG. With Personalized Picture Wizard, users can customize the image quality by simply selecting a few preferred images from a given selection that are intelligently set up through deep learning.

AI Sound Pro offers virtual 9.1.2 surround sound from the TVs’ built-in speakers. For a unified audio system, WOW Orchestra integrates the LG Sound Bar and the TV’s speakers, resulting in a 3D sound experience, according to LG.

Featuring LG’s Quantum Dot and NanoCell color technologies, the company’s latest QNED TVs deliver “crisp and vivid picture quality for hyper-realistic viewing,” according to the company.

“With enhanced color reproduction, the authentic colors of QNED TVs heighten the visual depth for a more immersive and three-dimensional home entertainment experience,” according to LG.

LG QNED Mini LED TVs utilize Precision Dimming technology to improve gradations and accurate backlight control, and LG QNED TVs feature local dimming technology for “vivid contrast and exceptional brightness,” according to LG.

The LG QNED Mini LED TV QNED90 model features Million Grey Scale that differentiates between shades of gray and represents gradation with a 20-bit accuracy.

With a slim profile of only 29mm, LG 2024 QNED TVs, including the QNED85 and QNED 80 models.

With the webOS Re:New program, LG is offering an upgrade to the latest version of its webOS smart TV platform. The offer extends to LG QNED Mini LED 8K models launched in 2022 (QNED99 and QNED95 series) and will come to additional models in the QNED TV lineup and more regions worldwide soon.

By utilizing the latest LG webOS smart TV platform, users can create individual profiles to tailor the experience to their preferences. The TVs can differentiate between voices based on the user profiles and offer personalized recommendations by interpreting patterns from their comprehensive usage history.

The main home UI screen of the newest version of webOS features Dynamic Q Card for fastaccess to its services, with customized organization into groups, such as Home Office, Home Hub, Sports and Games. LG 2024 QNED TVs also support Apple AirPlay and Chromecast.

Enhancing the user experience for individuals with diverse abilities, LG 2024 QNED TVs supplies an array of accessibility features including dedicated menu settings, sign language avatars, remote control tutorials, and guides for quick problem resolution.

LG’s 2024 QNED TV lineup screen sizes include 98-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 86-inch screens.

“The LG 2024 LG QNED TV lineup takes the viewing experience to a whole new level with an advanced processor that enables outstanding audio-visual experiences across various screen sizes, while also providing a personalized user experience tailored to each individual’s unique lifestyle and preferences,” said Baik Seon-pill, head of the LG Home Entertainment Company’s Product Planning Division, in a statement. “We remain committed to delivering an unparalleled customer experience, drawing upon our decade-long expertise with webOS.”

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LG will be at booth #16008 at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2024 Jan. 9-12.

LG Channels Adds VOD Access to ‘It,’ Other Hit Movies

LG Channels, the consumer electronics giant’s ad-supported streaming platform, Sept. 18 announced it is adding the New Line Cinema theatrical horror release It, among other studio features, to its lineup of on-demand movies on LG Smart TVs.

Other features include Universal Pictures’ Charlie Wilson’s War and Friday Night Lights; Columbia Pictures’ The Monuments Men; Universal’s Role Models, The Wedding Date, and Weird Science; and Lionsgate’s Now You See Me and Now You See Me 2.

Earlier this month LG Channels and Matthew Berry’s Fantasy Life announced the addition of several weekly shows exclusive to smart TVs, including “Fantasy Football Showtime Live!” — a 60-minute live show every Sunday at 11 a.m. EST, featuring the Fantasy Life team as they discuss start/sit decisions, matchup previews, injury updates, weather news and last-second advice.

Launched in 2016, the platform app offers a wide selection of premium live and on-demand programming, including movies, TV shows, news, sports, and children’s programs across more than 300 channels. Users can access programing by launching the LG Channels app on their LG TV’s webOS platform (LG Smart TV models 2016-present). LG Channels is also available on mobile on iOS and Android.

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New LG Channels include:

  • All Reality WE tv (290) (AMC Networks), featuring shows such as “Braxton Family Values,” “Mary Mary” and more;
  • AMC en Español (803) (AMC Networks), featuring critically acclaimed shows in Spanish;
  • Estrella Games (826) (Estrella Media), a 24/7 Spanish-language game show channel featuring thousands of original, classic and competition titles such as “Cien Latinos Dijeron,” “Tengo Talento,” “Mucho Talento” and “El Show de Don Cheto”;
  • GoTraveler (715) (Questar Entertainment), offering a virtual passport to explore new cultures, food and adventures worldwide;
  • Johnny Carson TV (513) (Shout! TV);
  • MST3K (520) (Shout! TV), with classic “MST3K” episodes from your the ‘B’-movie riffers;
  • Portlandia (503) (AMC Networks), with episodes from the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning series, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein;
  • Shout! TV (510) (Shout! TV), featuring cult favorites such as “ALF,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and “Point Break”;
  • Stories by AMC (105) (AMC Networks), featuring shows such as “Orphan Black,” “Into the Badlands” and “The Walking Dead,” among others;
  • The Walking Dead Universe (229) (AMC Networks), with 24-hour programming  including cast interviews and behind-the-scenes moments.

LG at CES: Paramount+ Expanding Internationally on LG Smart TVs; Pluto TV Adding More Than 100 Channels to LG Channels

LAS VEGAS — Paramount+ is expanding on LG smart TVs internationally and Pluto TV is adding more than 100 channels this quarter to LG Channels, said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Paramount Streaming and co-founder and CEO of Pluto TV, at the LG Electronics press conference Jan. 4 on the eve of the CES event in Las Vegas.

LG has “worked closely with global leaders from a wide range of industries, especially the content industry,” said William (Joo Wan) Cho, CEO, LG Electronics, in introducing Ryan.

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“As one of the world’s leading producers of premium content that connects billions of people in nearly every country in the world, we’re leaning into our partnership with LG,” Ryan said. “Paramount Global and LG Electronics have a long-standing partnership. Both companies are respected market leaders, and the combination of Paramount content and LG scale delivers an incredible experience to tens of millions of consumers worldwide. That’s why we’re growing our partnership to accelerate Paramount’s global streaming growth. Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service, is expanding our channel integration for LG channels, adding over 100 channels this quarter globally. Pluto TV is proud to be the largest content provider for LG channels.

“And today I’m excited to announce that Paramount+ is ready to start its global expansion on LG smart TVs, with the first launch to start today in the U.K. and Ireland. Paramount+ will be available in more countries on LG smart TVs soon to follow in the coming days.”

LG Electronics Unveils 2023 TV Lineup, Headlined by OLED TVs

LG Electronics has unveiled its 2023 TV lineups, headlined by advanced OLED TVs.

“With premium self-lit picture quality, powerful image processing technologies, and an enhanced webOS platform offering even more smart features and services, the company’s latest OLED TVs elevate the viewing experience as only LG OLED can,” according to an LG press release.

The company’s OLED TVs have been recognized at the CES Innovation Award for 11 years in a row, the press release noted. 

“LG’s self-lit technology has enabled the company to create unprecedented, visually-stunning TV form factors, including market-firsts such as the rollable LG Signature OLED R, and the bendable LG OLED Flex. A double honoree at the CES 2023 Innovation Award, LG OLED Flex won Best of Innovation in the Gaming category,” according to the press release.

Spearheading LG’s 2023 OLED lineup are the latest Z3, G3 and C3 OLED evo series TVs. The upgraded, new models provide higher brightness and color accuracy as well as clarity and detail thanks to the precision and performance of LG OLED evo technology and the new α9 AI Processor Gen6, according to the LG press release.

The latest Alpha series processor utilizes LG’s AI-assisted Deep Learning tech to ensure outstanding picture and sound quality, according to LG. AI Picture Pro now offers improved upscaling for better clarity, and enhanced dynamic tone mapping, which helps reveal the depth and detail in every frame. AI Picture Pro also integrates a picture processing technology that detects and refines important objects, such as people’s faces, to give them a more lifelike HDR quality. In addition to fine-tuning image reproduction, the α9 AI Processor Gen6 powers LG’s AI Sound Pro, delivering virtual 9.1.2 surround sound from the TVs’ built-in speaker system.

Another upgrade applied to this year’s OLED evo G3 series is LG’s Brightness Booster Max technology, which incorporates new light control architecture and light-boosting algorithms to increase brightness by up to 70%. Brightness is mapped and controlled on a pixel-by-pixel basis, resulting in sharper, more realistic images, according to LG.

LG’s 2023 G3 OLED evo models also boast an aesthetic upgrade via the introduction of the One Wall Design, leaving no visible gap when wall mounted.

Also, 2023 LG OLED TVs are designed to be kinder to the environment, from production all the way through to disposal creating sustainable cycles, according to LG. LG OLED TVs have no backlighting unit, meaning each TV requires fewer materials to produce than a conventional LED TV. They also employ many components made from recycled plastics, and are shipped in eco-packaging made from recyclable materials and featuring single-color printing. Easier on viewers’ eyes, all of LG’s 2023 model OLED TVs have been certified low blue light by TÜV Rheinland, and flicker-free by UL Solutions.

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LG OLED is also introducing a more personalized user experience in 2023. Featuring the latest version of webOS, this year’s models present All New Home, a redesigned user interface (UI) that offers personalization options. The new “Quick Cards” offer users easy access to the content and services they use the most — all grouped into logical categories such as Home Office, Gaming, Music and Sports. LG’s more advanced webOS makes it easy for everyone using the TV to enjoy personalized recommendations tailored to their own preferences which are determined based on viewing history and viewing habits, according to LG. Furthering the personalized user experience on LG OLED TV is AI Concierge, which provides each user with a curated list of content choices based on their past usage and search inquiries, and provides a selection of trending content for them to browse.

LG OLED TVs continue to support the image- and audio-enhancing capabilities of Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. This year’s LG TVs offer seamless integration with the latest LG soundbars, delivering outstanding multi-channel surround sound with Imax enhanced quality powered by DTS:X. LG TV and soundbar also combine to offer the WOW Orchestra3 feature, which takes advantage of both products’ audio channels to produce stronger, more immersive sound.

LG’s 2023 OLED models support a wide range of features compliant to HDMI 2.1a. They are also the first TV sets to be certified by the HDMI organization for the recently announced Quick Media Switching VRR (QMS-VRR), according to LG. QMS-VRR can eliminate the momentary “black screen” that sometimes occurs when switching between content played from different source devices connected via the TV’s HDMI 2.1a compliant ports, according to LG.

LG’s self-lit OLED TVs boast a 0.1 millisecond response time, low-input lag and up to four HDMI2.1a compliant ports. LG OLED TVs are also equipped with the Game Optimizer, allowing users to quickly select and switch between gaming-specific features, such as game-genre display presets. Settings for G-SYNC Compatible, FreeSync Premium and variable refresh rate (VRR) are easily accessible from the Game Optimizer as well, according to LG.

LG’s state-of-the-art 2023 OLED TVs will be on show during CES 2023 from January 5-8 at the company’s booth (#15501, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center).

LG to Unveil New Gaming-Optimized OLED Displays at CES

LG Display will unveil its 45-inch ultra-wide OLED and 27-inch OLED displays optimized for gaming at CES 2023 in January. 

LG Display’s new gaming OLED displays boast the fastest response time of 0.03ms, making them the first-ever OLED displays for monitors to provide a refresh rate of 240Hz per second which permits the clearest picture quality and smoothest movements, even during fast-paced action, according to an LG press release. 

LG Display’s gaming OLED displays also minimize external light reflections by applying a special polarizer designed for gaming, according to the press release.

“This allows the display to achieve perfect black under any environment, adding depth to the image quality and delivering an accurate color depiction,” the press release states. “What’s more, the revolutionary gaming OLED displays bend up to 800R, or a curvature radius of 800mm, allowing gamers to experience the optimal curve for every genre of content.

“In addition, the company’s gaming OLED panels emit the lowest level of blue light in the industry compared to premium LCD displays of the same size and this allows gamers to enjoy, flicker-free gaming experiences with less eye fatigue.”

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LG Display will start mass-production of the 27- and 45-inch gaming OLED displays this month and the products are set to be used in premium monitors for several global tech companies including LG Electronics, Asus and Corsair, according to the press release.

“LG Display’s gaming OLED is the ultimate display solution for gamers in terms of picture quality, response times and eye comfort”  Tai-jong Lee, head of solution customer experience Division 2 at LG Display, said in a statement. “We will continue to expand our gaming OLED panel lineup based on the needs of gamers across multiple genres to take the customer experience we provide to new heights.”

LG Channels in Deal With Majordomo Media for Original Programming

LG Electronics and Majordomo Media have formed a multiyear partnership to produce original programming exclusive to LG Channels, the free streaming-TV service available exclusively on LG’s premium lineup of smart TVs.

The free streaming content will be available on the new Majordomo TV with David Chang channel on LG Channels later this month, featuring multiple original series with new episodes added weekly.

The Majordomo TV with David Chang channel will be available to LG Smart TV owners with its free, ad-supported streaming TV service (FAST) LG Channels. LG will be exclusively responsible for distributing the channel to other third-party FAST services. Majordomo TV with David Chang will initially launch in the United States and Canada, with plans to expand into over 25 international territories next year. 

Co-founded by acclaimed chef and restaurateur David Chang, Majordomo Media has produced numerous unscripted television shows for Netflix and Hulu, including “Ugly Delicious,” “Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner,” “The Next Thing You Eat,” “Chefs vs Wild” and “Best in Dough.” Majordomo TV with David Chang will launch with two flagship original series, as well as full episodes of Majordomo Media’s Spotify podcasts “The Dave Chang Show” and “Recipe Club.” Further series will launch featuring David Chang and other chefs in 2023. Episodes will be produced in Majordomo Media’s new Los Angeles studio at ROW DTLA, outfitted with the latest home appliance innovations from LG.

“We’re incredibly excited by the opportunity presented by the FAST space,” Chang said in a statement. “And we are honored by the trust and creative freedom that LG has given us to explore all kinds of culinary content. Our goal is to present viewers with an honest, entertaining, and useful slate of programming, and we are going to experiment with lots of different formats to get there.”

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“LG Electronics continues to develop unique partnerships that elevate the entertainment experience for LG Smart TV owners,” Matt Durgin, LG’s senior director of the home entertainment content and services team, said in a statement. “This partnership illustrates LG’s strategy to deliver value to consumers through our award-winning LG Channels service. LG’s partnership with Majordomo Media grows our portfolio of exclusive channels and we look forward to sharing Majordomo Media’s approach to culinary and pop culture subjects with our customers around the world.”

The partnership is part of a broader strategy by LG to bring exclusive content and advertising opportunities to LG Channels.

Some highlights of the programming under development for the channel include:

  • “The Dave Chang Cooking Show” is a hybrid between a talk show and a cooking show. In each episode, David Chang welcomes one or two guests. Whether they’re friends, family, notable personalities, fellow chefs, or kids, they sidle up to the kitchen counter where Chang is waiting to cook them a full meal, from start to finish. No cutaways, no television magic, no cheating. Armed only with the ingredients he’s brought in that day and a little bit of information on his guests’ dining preferences — their favorite childhood food memory, their death-row meal, their preferences, and their aversions — he gets to work. Chang interviews his guests, all while peeling, dicing, braising, and sautéeing his way to a finished meal. He cooks multiple courses, as his guests look on, ask questions, chip in, or simply heckle their new personal chef. With much of the cooking being improvisational, Chang will undoubtedly take several wrong turns, then do his best to get himself out of the mess he’s made. Within the span of each episode, viewers get an unobstructed view of the most hard-to-land dining reservation in all of Los Angeles. 
  • In “Recipe Lab with Chris Ying,” Ying wades through the recipe swamp. He cooks the most popular recipes out there — whether from social media, online publications, or cookbooks — and assess them from all angles. Each episode has Ying cooking a recipe from start to finish, showing every mistake, success, moment of confusion and delicious epiphany along the way.
  • “Dave Chang Show TV” features uncut video episodes of the popular Majordomo Media podcast, with guests from around the culinary world and beyond. It’s the best of the DC Show, with footage from the recording studio, broadcast directly to your TV.
  • “Recipe Club TV” features full video episodes of the cooking podcast, hosted by Chang and Ying. In addition to the hijinx and hilarity of the podcast, viewers will see all the home cooking action from hosts and guests as they tackle the week’s theme recipe.

 

Majordomo Media’s downtown Los Angeles studio at ROW DTLA will open in Q1 2023 with two fully outfitted kitchens and a podcast studio in constant production on content for Majordomo TV. Over the next few years, Majordomo TV will roll out a lineup of original programming, featuring everything from humorous, high-energy tactical tutorials on ordering takeout with friends and family; cooking competitions; Korean mukbang-inspired dining bonanzas; and in-depth lessons from culinary masters that are as entertaining and honest as they are useful and eye-opening.

LG Smart TV owners can easily discover their favorite programs by launching the LG Channels application, with more than 300 channels, on their LG TV’s webOS platform.

FilmRise FAST Channels Added to LG Lineup

FilmRise, the New York-based film and television studio and streaming network, has added a collection of FAST channels to the LG Channels service across North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordics. 

The new FAST channels include  “Forensic Files,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” “Heartland,” “21 Jump Street,” “Hell’s Kitchen” and “FilmRise Free Movies.”

Several popular FilmRise FAST channels had been featured on LG Channels in the past, leading to the mutual desire to expand globally with a focus on FAST, according to FilmRise. 

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“Our partnership with LG Electronics has proven to be an incredibly fruitful one and we are thrilled to be adding these FAST Channels for LG consumers to enjoy,” Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “This deal represents our aggressive initiative in expanding our global footprint into new territories through collaborations with connected devices.”

LG Channels is LG’s exclusive free streaming service available on LG smart TVs, offering premium live and on-demand programming, including movies, TV shows, news, sports, children’s programs and more. To access more than 350 channels, LG TV owners can launch the LG Channels application on their LG TV’s webOS platform (LG smart TV models 2016-present).

FilmRise channels added to the LG lineup include:

  • “Forensic Files,” which features the true crime series that presents the science behind crime-solving with dramatic recreations, expert interviews and deep-dives into key evidence;
  • “Unsolved Mysteries,” a series hosted by Robert Stack that uses reenactments and interviews to retell the circumstances of mysteries that remain unsolved;
  • “Heartland,” CBC’s longest-running hour long drama series that takes viewers into a close-knit multi- generational family living on the Heartland ranch in Alberta, Canada;
  • “Hell’s Kitchen,” the cooking competition series hosted by Gordon Ramsay;
  • “21 Jump Street,” the cop series starring Johnny Depp, in which the LAPD sends four young-looking officers to high school to pose as students; 
  • “FilmRise Free Movies US,” which features films starring top talent such as Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Zac Efron and more and has programs specifically curated for the U.S. audience;
  • “FilmRise Free Movies CA,” which features films starring top talent such as Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Zac Efron and more and has programs specifically curated for the Canadian audience; and
  • “FilmRise Free Movies UK,” which features films starring top talent such as Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Zac Efron and more and has programs specifically curated for the U.K. audience.