LG intros new 8K TV lineup with support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

LG's new 8K TVs support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit
LG’s new 8K TVs support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit

LG Electronics will introduce its expanded 8K TV lineup next week at CES 2020 – eight TVs with new 77- and 65-inch class models joining LG’s existing 88- and 75-inch screen sizes.

LG’s 2020 lineup includes premium 88- and 77-inch class LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K TVs (models 88/77 OLED ZX) and advanced LG NanoCell TVs (models 75/65 Nano99, 75/65 Nano97, 75/65 Nano95), with every model exceeding the industry’s official new 8K Ultra HD definition set by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The new models offer the capability to play native 8K content thanks to support of a wide selection of 8K content sources from HDMI and USB digital inputs, including codecs such as HEVC, VP9 and AV1. LG’s 8K TVs will support 8K content streaming at a rapid 60FPS and are certified to deliver 8K 60P over HDMI.

LG’s latest 8K TVs also feature upgraded performance thanks to the new α (Alpha) 9 Gen 3 AI Processor. By leveraging deep learning technology, the 2020 lineup delivers optimized picture and sound quality for all types of content through AI-based 8K upscaling. Based on an intelligent deep learning network, AI 8K Upscaling delivers vivid and accurate 8K images by analyzing the content and applying Quad Step Noise Reduction and frequency-based Sharpness Enhancer to increase lower resolution content to near 8K perfection.

The α9 Gen 3 processor’s AI Picture Pro is capable of recognizing faces and text on screen, fine-tuning and sharpening each to produce more natural skin tones, well-defined facial features and clearer, more readable characters. In addition, its Auto Genre Selection recognizes the type of content being watched and automatically applies the ideal picture settings, guaranteeing the best image quality among four genres: movie, sports, standard and animation.

LG’s AI Sound Pro analyzes and classifies the audio of content among five categories – music, movies, sports, drama or news – for clearer voices and richer, more textured background sound. Spoken words are isolated and their volume increased, making it distinctively easier for viewers to understand while background noises are identified and the scene up-mixed to virtual 5.1 surround for a heightened level of viewer immersion.

On top of the exceptional viewing experience, LG 8K TVs offer a new level of convenience made possible by AI technology. Users can monitor and control compatible IoT devices directly from the TV’s Home Dashboard, while Hands-Free Voice Control allows viewers to easily control multiple connected devices with just their voice, even from across the room. Available in 144 countries, ThinQ voice recognition is built into every LG 8KTV. And with LG’s smart TV platform, webOS, the new TVs support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit as well as both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, with Amazon Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice compatibility in the future.

Source: LG Electronics USA

MacDailyNews Take: Yum, 8K! It’s definitely good to see AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support being integrated by third-party CE makers.


  1. Bah. So called 8K systems are so last year.

    Several tech reporting outlets are claiming multiple companies will be previewing “16K” systems at CES this year.

    (Actually the so called “8K” most people reference is a variant of UHD, a 16:9 format at 4320 x 7680. The real 8K is a Digital Cinema standard that has been around for over a decade and a half that is 4320 x 8192. Note that 8192 is 8x the 1024 baseline, i.e., “1K”.)

  2. This is so stupid. A 4K TV that is 65 inches, you would need to sit 4 feet away to see the full resolution.
    Now they are pushing 8K 65 inch TVs? You would have to sit 2 feet away to see the full resolution.

    1. Those newfangled automobiles go too fast! Why can’t we all just stick with Model A Fords and call it good enough !?!?!?

      Perhaps you should experience 8K video before poo-pooing it. I remember the same lame arguments when 4K was new. However, nobody I know who replaced their old teles with a newer 4K resolution ones had any complaints about the improved picture whatsoever … and yes, everyone to a person could notice the improvement at any viewing distance. Improvements far beyond merely pixel count by the way. 8K will only be better. Display quality and image processing is still improving by leaps, not by imperceptible pointless increments as you suggest.

      The 2020 Olympics in Japan are going to be streamed there in 8K resolution. Not only is this a godsend for large public venues, but it allows the home user to zoom in and see details that were never before possible. After all, many sports are won or lost by millimeters of tolerance, and the cameraman can’t stick the lens up close whenever he’d like to. For you Americans, I’ve seen way too many of your football games where the half-blind officials would benefit from enhanced video resolution when their call their “pass interference” flags at random. Maybe soon the home viewing audience will begin to appreciate ice hockey now that they can actually see the puck.

      As like so many things — If you don’t care, then don’t participate. Your old tele will still work and if you wish to, you can convince yourself that you’re not missing anything. But don’t whine to us about your personal opinion-driven choices.

      In other news: people who don’t care about visual quality can save 50% or more by wearing monocles instead of traditional 2-lens eyeglasses. Good enough, right?

      1. Put three 8k TVs side by side and have the same video playing. One at 1080, one at 4K and one at 8k. Everything else the same. You will NOT see the difference at 8 feet away. It’s called physics and biology. The human eye does have an upper limit to resolution.
        Multiple researches have written about this.

        So download 1080 movie or 4K or 8k? Depends on how fast your internet is. Why waste bandwidth.

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