LG Adds Hulu With Live TV to Its Smart TVs

LG Electronics USA April 10 announced that its smart TVs now include Hulu with Live TV.

The updated user interface is available on all 2018 and 2017 LG Smart TVs with webOS, as well as select 2016 models.

“As interest in streaming live events continues to rise, we are offering LG smart TV owners a seamless solution that enables them to experience today’s pivotal cultural moments as they are happening from the comfort of their own home,” said Matthew Durgin, director of smart TV content partnerships at LG Electronics USA, in a statement.

Hulu with Live TV offers viewers access to live and on-demand programming from more than 50 top channels, in addition to the service’s on-demand streaming library with thousands of movies and shows. Hulu’s live offering gives viewers access to personal-ized sports experiences, as well as the opportunity to record live TV through the Cloud DVR option. Current LG TV customers with Hulu subscriptions may enjoy Hulu with Live TV by updating their subscription plan.

The 2018 LG Smart TVs with webOS are now available with the updated UI and access to Hulu with Live TV at retailers nationwide.

Vizio Unveils 4K HDR Smart TV Collections

Vizio April 10 unveiled its new 2018 P-Series 4K HDR Smart TV collection and value-priced D-Series and E-Series 4K HDR Smart TV collections.

The latest P-Series collection features a bezel-less industrial design, a blend of 4K HDR picture quality enhancements and smart TV and smart home capabilities. The series also includes Dolby Vision HDR and up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness and more than 1 billion colors thanks to Ultra Color Spectrum, according to Vizio. Also, the 2018 SmartCast OS offers streaming options and smart home controls with the integration of voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Offered in 55-, 65- and 75-inchs sizes, the 2018 P-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs are now available on Vizio.com and are coming soon to retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco and Sam’s Club, according to Vizio. The TVs retail at $899.99 for the 55-inch set, $1,299.99 for the 65-inch and $2,499.99 for the 75-inch.

Active Full Array Pro backlight combines a full array backlight with up to 120 local dimming zones, according to Vizio. UltraBright 1000 features up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness, and Clear Action 720 features a 240Hz effective refresh rate achieved with backlight scanning.

“Picture quality technologies like Ultra Color Spectrum, Dolby Vision HDR and UltraBright 1000 enable the P-Series to take 4K HDR performance to the next level,” said Vizio chief technology officer Bill Baxter in a statement. “Incredibly, realistic on-screen imagery is complemented by cutting-edge smart TV features to round out the collection’s entertainment experience. Vizio SmartCast OS not only expands discovery and streaming options so consumers can watch content they love from their favorite apps, but also serves as an ideal centerpiece to any smart home with easy-to-use voice-control support through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.”

Through the 2018 SmartCast OS, apps such as Netflix, Prime Video, Vudu, iHeartRadio, Crackle and Xumo can be instantly accessed on the TV screen using the included remote, according to Vizio. Users can also download the free SmartCast Mobile app to turn their smartphone into a touchscreen remote. The SmartCast OS also features Google Chromecast built-in and offers voice-control support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. By utilizing speaking commands, users can turn their TVs on and off, change channels or adjust volume — and for Google Assistant users, stream content to the TV, according to Vizio.

Offered in sizes 43 inches and above, both the D-Series and E-Series collections also feature the 2018 SmartCast OS experience with Google Chromecast built-in. They support HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats and full array LED backlighting. The E-Series collection also supports Dolby Vision HDR content. Prices for the D-Series range from $349.99 (43-inch) to $999.99 (70-inch). Prices for the E-Series range from $349.99 (43-inch) to $1,549.99 (75-inch).

The 2018 D- and E-Series 4K HDR Smart TVs are now available on VIZIO.com and coming soon to retailers such as Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart.

“VIZIO believes all consumers — including those on a budget — should be able to enjoy the growing library of 4K and HDR movies and shows available to them,” said Baxter in a statement. “Packed with picture quality benefits that are oftentimes reserved for pricey, high-end TVs, our all-new 2018 D-Series and E-Series 4K HDR models were engineered to bring the benefits of 4K HDR to the masses. The entertainment experience is rounded out by our easy-to-use, on-screen smart TV experience that grants access to thousands of popular streaming apps.”

Universal to Release First Season of ‘Will & Grace’ Revival on DVD June 12

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Will & Grace (The Revival): Season One on DVD June 12.

Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen after a 10-year hiatus, and the new season picks back up right where it left off — best friends navigating life together once again. Guest stars include Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver and many more.

The DVD includes all 16 episodes plus bonus features, including deleted scenes; a gag reel; “Back to the Beginning,” in which the cast and crew discuss what made the show so special and the relevance it continues to have; “Reuniting the Team,” detailing how what started as a PSA turned viral and sparked the revival of the show; and “Classic Comedy,” in which series director Jimmy Burrows and the cast discuss creating comedy.

FilmRise’s Ad-Supported Roku Channel Adds Classic Carsey-Werner TV Shows

FilmRise has launched several classic Carsey-Werner TV shows on its ad-supported Roku streaming channel, including the “3rd Rock From the Sun.”

The FilmRise channel ranks at No. 15 among top free channels on the platform, according to a release from the company. The channel generates more than 300 million monthly ad impressions and reaches nearly 20 million users who can watch movies and TV on demand for free, according to the release.

FilmRise will soon launch ad-supported channels on Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Apple TV, and smart TVs such as Vizio, among other platforms, and is currently in development on iOS and Android for mobile viewing via worldwide apps.

Other Carsey-Werner sitcoms available on the Roku channel include “Cybill,” “Grace Under Fire” and “Grounded for Life.”

“FilmRise’s tremendous growth on Roku sheds light on the power of ad-supported free digital streaming,” said Danny Fisher, CEO of FilmRise. “By bringing our vast library of quality content to viewers who don’t wish to pay a transactional or subscription fee, we’ve unlocked the potential to reach new and diverse audiences who want to experience the best in film and TV — including timeless TV series and iconic movies.”