We’ve been following the LG ST600 TV Upgrader since it was announced last year. We’ve just got some updated news as we’ve heard that it’s only a couple of weeks away from these shores and that it’s going to retail at around £99.
What’s still not officially confirmed though is if this will potentially become our favourite streamer of the year by including ‘Media Link’ – LG speak for Plex.
On the positive side visitors to the Plex website over the last few weeks may have noticed this interesting paragraph on their front page – “LG Electronics has integrated the Plex platform technology into its 2011 Netcast™ enabled HDTVs and LG Smart TV Upgrader“.
However we’ve still been unable to get anyone from LG to confirm this. We can’t remember ever hearing so many “it’s in, it’s not in” rumours since LG spoiled our new year with the information from CES in January that the TV Upgrader would NOT include Plex. We talked to the Plex guys who couldn’t reveal anything, but added “we’re enjoying working with LG, they are awesome“.
Now to the good stuff – the latest we’ve heard from a source close to LG is that while Plex (Media Link) will not make it into the initial release of the product, it WILL be enabled in a free firmware update in Q3 or possibly even earlier.
Remember, unlike the Apple TV 2, the ST600 supports most codecs, many more premiums apps plus DLNA for a huge range of devices, not just those supporting AirPlay. The unit is built on the same hardware going into the new range of LG Netcast HD TV’s (also just a few weeks away from stores), which supports 1080p, again trumping the ATV2.
We hope to have our hands on our review sample in the coming weeks, although if what we believe is true we’ll have to wait a while longer to test Plex on it. In the meantime we can be happy with the news that LG have seen the light and that soon people will have an inexpensive plug n play black box to attach to their telly’s to bring the wonderful world of Plex.