NetCast

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NetCast (later Smart TV) is a proprietary firmware by LG Electronics that was preinstalled on their smart TVs between 2007 and 2014. LG has signed partnerships with various companies to provide services on the TV. It includes YouTube, AccuWeather, Orange Mobile, Maxdome, CinemaNow and Netflix. LG has combined local and global services to provide the most relevant content. In 2011, they added support for widgets, which users were able to download. The widgets made use of Adobe Flash or web technologies.[1] It was succeeded by WebOS.

History[edit]

Netcast was rebranded to Smart TV in 2011, [2] which was shown first at the CES.[3]

In 2011, the company Marmalade Technologies added Netcast support to their Marmalade SDK.[4]

Reception[edit]

TechRadar considered it "just plain disappointing" in a 2010 review.[5] In a 2011 review, they noted that Netcast was first a mere placeholder with only tree services, but noted that more apps had been added via a firmware update. [3]

Hacking[edit]

The OpenLGTV project has added homebrew widgets to the Netcast platform.[6]

Controversy[edit]

The software logged the filenames that were accessed and uploaded them to servers of LG.[7]

Successor[edit]

Netcast and Smart TV were replaced by the WebOS platform in 2014. Starting in 2015, all smart TVs by LG were based on WebOS.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Media Networks: Architectures, Applications, and Standards. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  2. ^ "Internet-Connected TV Apps System Renamed to "Smart TV" by LG". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  3. ^ a b February 2011, Jamie Carter 03. "Best internet TV platforms compared". TechRadar. Archived from the original on 2021-06-09. Retrieved 2021-06-09.
  4. ^ Sawers, Paul (2011-09-08). "Marmalade creates native SDK for LG Smart TV - TNW UK". The Next Web. Retrieved 2021-09-06.
  5. ^ "LG 47LX6900 review". TechRadar. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  6. ^ "Hacking LG's Netcast". Hackaday. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  7. ^ Goodin, Dan (2013-11-19). "Smart TV from LG phones home with user's viewing habits, USB file names". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on 2021-03-08. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  8. ^ "LG's webOS Review". Tweakers. Archived from the original on 2021-06-07. Retrieved 2021-06-07.

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