I love TV. Before the internet, it was my greatest educator. So what if I went to boarding school. I learnt more from The Really Wild Show than I ever did in GCSE Biology. And The Simpsons? Everyone loves The Simpsons!
So when LG invited me along to Soho House for an evening of champagne, itty bitty fish n’ chips and gadgetry, I was there like a shot. We were split into three groups, so we could get some quality time with the new TVs, play around with their features, and get to ask some burning questions (like ‘Hey, wanna give me that TV?’)
LG even brought a long a few friends too, namely YouTube, Netflix and All3Media. At first I thought this was weird; aren’t TV in one camp, and Netflix and YouTube in another, praying for the downfall of the idiot box in wake of the digital revolution? Apparently not. YouTube and LG are actually working together to create a ‘social recommendation engine’, whatever that is. I think it’s pretty cool that the lines between TV and computers are being blurred somewhat, because I haven’t actually owned a TV for about 2 years in favour of internet streaming services.
The 3D TVs were also pretty awesome. Admittedly, this is the first time I’ve actually used a 3D TV but 2 key points are worth taking note of: 1. I actually need to wear glasses, unlike those cool kids that just wear empty frames. It was nice that the 3D glasses fitted snugly over my own nerd-boggles. 2. I didn’t feel THAT sick, even though we were shown a pretty fast-paced bit of action from Avatar.
Something else worth mentioning were the dual play glasses. Remember playing Tekken 2 when you were younger? TVs weren’t anything like the 55″ behemoths of today’s industry, but even still, playing split screen on a large monitor only gives you half the TV. You wouldn’t buy half a TV, would you? LG have come up with a nifty solution.
Without the glasses, all you can see is two versions of the game overlapping each other in a hazy, eyeball ache inducing blur. However, pop on a pair of the dual play glasses and BAM. You get to see your perspective of the game on the whole of the screen, while your opponent saw theirs. No more getting shot in the head because that pesky sniper was too hard to see!
It looks like LG are making headway by integrating popular streaming services into the core of their own software, and it’s nice to see TVs moving away from ‘that thing we watch in the corner of the room’ to an entertainment centre. Now, I’ll ask you one more time LG: Fancy giving me one of your tellies?