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John Lewis launches LG webOS-powered smart TVs

John Lewis has launched its own range of webOS-powered smart TVs.   

The high-end high street brand has developed three Full HD John Lewis Smart TVs (JL9000) in collaboration with LG. 

Available in 49-inch, 55-inch and 60-inch editions, the sets feature LG’s webOS TV software which promises to make navigating the smart TV menus and loading up on-demand services a breeze. 

John Lewis launches webOS-powered smart TVs
Smart TVs on the high street: John Lewis’s webOS TVs come in three sizes: 49, 55 and 60-inches

TV apps available include BBC iPlayer, NetflixNow TV, YouTube and Demand 5. As well as this, you’ll be able to access Skype for living room videocalls Back to the Future Part II style. All of the John Lewis TVs feature 8-megapixel cameras, giving the person on the other end of the call an excellent view of your face and living room. 

The idea behind the John Lewis Smart TV range is to give customers who want a connected TV everything they need out of the box. John Kempner, vision buyer at John Lewis said: “We wanted to create our own range of premium large screen TVs that would have a distinctive look and also offer the benefits of the very latest in on-demand smart TV technology, while being easy to use. LG has helped us achieve this with a sleek and clever design that also includes a built-in soundbar to deliver an immersive sound and visual experience.” 

Customers who opt for the TV to be installed by John Lewis will also receive a 15-minute tutorial on how to use it. 

All sets come with a 50-watt, 2.2 channel soundbar, with an additional subwoofer integrated into the stand and LG’s Triple XD Engine, which promises to give the TV “stunning control of colour contrast and clarity.” 

The Launcher menu pins favourite apps, connected devices (like games consoles and external drives) and recently accessed programmes or services in one convenient place so users can switch between functions with one click. 

An LG Magic remote is included, which uses point, scroll, gesture or voice commands. It also supports 3D passive viewing and includes two pairs of high quality cinema 3D glasses. 

The 49-inch John Lewis Smart TV costs £1,399 while the 55 and 60-inch editions cost £1,699 and £2,199 repsectilvey. 

Image: John Lewis


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