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LG Electronics' Advanced Pro:Centric® TV Platform Expands Hospitality Application Ecosystem

    LG Electronics' Advanced Pro:Centric® TV Platform Expands Hospitality
                            Application Ecosystem

Adding HTML5 Capability to LG's Pro:Centric Content Delivery System Increases
U.S. Hoteliers Choices in Advanced In-Room TV Applications, Enhancing Guest
Experience and Operational Efficiency

PR Newswire

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Nov. 12, 2012

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Nov. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The industry leader in
hotel- and guest-centric display and content delivery solutions, LG
Electronics USA announced today the expansion of its Pro:Centric^® development
licensee program with the introduction of HTML5 support, enabling a number of
key development licensees with unique in-room interactive applications to
migrate to the Pro:Centric platform.

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Already a launching pad for some of the most popular Java- and Flash-based
content applications available in the market, the Pro:Centric platform expands
the choice of interactive applications available to U.S. hoteliers thanks to
the HTML5 capability on its new LT770H LED TV series. LG authorized
application providers now offering integrated applications on LG TVs represent
a range of leading U.S. and international hospitality content and service
provider companies, including Acentic, Guest-Tek^™, LodgeNet^® Interactive
Corporation, Nevotek^™, and Swisscom Hospitality Services, Inc.

"Adding HTML5 capability to the Pro:Centric platform has enabled LG's
hospitality customers in the U.S. to access a variety of unique IPTV
applications already mainstream in the European hospitality industry," said
LG's Richard Lewis, senior vice president, research and technology at Zenith,
the U.S. R&D subsidiary of LG Electronics. "Through these new development
relationships, LG is delivering the widest choice of smart applications
designed to provide an enhanced in-room experience for hotel guests, and
increased ROI (return on investment) for property owners and operators."

Smart Applications to Enhance Guest Satisfaction

Many of the new applications developed using HTML5 leverage its ability to
handle multimedia and graphical content without the need for proprietary
plug-ins.

With the Pro:Centric platform's ability to run standards-based applications
and the inherent two-way capabilities of integrated IPTV, LG's latest LT770H
TVs can integrate set-top box functionality, reducing the hardware and support
costs of the overall solution to the hotelier. Systems integrators also have
developed web-based content offerings and can take advantage of built-in Wi-Fi
to connect guests' mobile devices and tablets with targeted applications such
as over-the-top (OTT) video content, games, TV program guides, and local and
hotel amenity information.

Examples of new applications developed for Pro:Centric and capitalizing on the
benefits of HTML5 include:

PanoramaSMART – Panorama SMART from Acentic delivers advanced guest services
and functionalities through an extended HTML5 application portfolio, internet
connectivity, IPTV, radio and TV channels, selected web-based content and
interactive TV on Acentic's Core GUI+, powered by the Acentic Cloud services.
The flexible Panorama SMART solution runs over any IP network and transforms
the television set into an all-in-one communication tool replacing the set-top
box and all cabling with sophisticated software applications while
significantly reducing hotelier costs.

OneView Media – As a certified solution provider, Guest-Tek delivers OneView
Media to the Pro:Centric platform. In addition to high-speed Internet, HD
video-on-demand and HD IPTV services, OneView also supports IP (Internet
Protocol) Telephony and offers a robust menu and communications platform to
hoteliers. OneView runs on a converged IP network over Ethernet and coax and
is capable of supporting a wide range of other revenue generating applications
as well.

Envision – The industry's premier cloud-based interactive HDTV platform from
LodgeNet Interactive Corporation, Envision connects guests to the things that
are important to their travel experience; like Hotel Information, In-Room
Dining and an Interactive Program Guide. When combined with the integrated LG
IPTV Pro:Centric sets, Envision can offer a cost effective, IP solution,
without the requirement of an in-room computer.

Univision – Developed by Nevotek for Pro:Centric, Univision is a
state-of-the-art, IPTV video-on-demand guest services system for the
hospitality market. The integrated application operates from a central
database using a Windows 2008 server, and includes: PMS & IPTV integration,
IPTV wake-up system, guest services, music- and video-on-demand server
integration, TV channels, weather, hotel and city guides, do-no-disturb, bill
balance/view bill, quick checkout, VOD and electronic program guide, in
addition to optional guest loyalty program add-ons.

ConnectedHotel TV – An award-winning application developed by Swisscom
Hospitality Services in conjunction with LG, ConnectedHotel TV is a
ground-breaking in-room entertainment system offering HDTV, VoD, Internet
access and interactive guest services through one single device, on one
network IP infrastructure. The integrated application enables a hybrid channel
setup, combining digital terrestrial, satellite and cable TV broadcasting with
IPTV channels, including web radios as well as external audio equipment.
Moreover, it allows hoteliers to feature web-based guest services on the TV
screen such as in-room controls, weather forecasts, hotel applications such as
room service, news portals, stock exchange data, social networking, video
sharing and other popular sites.

With more than 1 million Pro:Centric TVs deployed worldwide, LG's Pro:Centric
platform represents an industry-leading interactive platform for the lodging
industry. "The widespread availability of Pro:Centric-enabled TVs and now
HTML5 support provide an exciting opportunity for system integrators as well
as our mutual customers, leading hospitality companies," said Lewis.

For more information on Pro:Centric and LG hospitality solutions, please
visit: www.lgsolutions.com.

Designs, features and specifications subject to change without notice.

About LG Electronics USA

The LG Electronics USA Home Electronics Business-to-Business (LG B2B) division
serves customers in the U.S. lodging and hospitality, digital signage, systems
integration, healthcare, education, government and industrial markets. Based
in Lincolnshire, Ill., with its dedicated engineering and customer support
team, LG B2B delivers technology solutions tailored to the particular needs of
business environments. LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs,
N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $49 billion
global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile
communications. LG Electronics is a 2012 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For
more information, please visit www.LGSolutions.com.

LG development licensees running integrated Pro:Centric applications represent
a range of hospitality content and service providers – including Acentic, a
globalprovider of hotel technology solutions that connect, engage and
entertain guests in hotels; Guest-Tek^™, the world's largest provider of HSIA
and IPTV solutions for the hospitality industry; LodgeNet^® Interactive
Corporation, the leading provider of interactive media and connectivity
services to hospitality businesses and the consumers they serve; Nevotek^™, a
leading unified communications and business solutions provider utilizing IP
networks; and Swisscom Hospitality Services, Inc., global leader in IT
consulting and broadband technology provider for more than 2,300 hotels in 37
countries.

SOURCE LG Electronics USA

Website: http://www.lgsolutions.com
Contact: LG Electronics USA, John Taylor, +1-847-941-8181 john.taylor@lge.com;
or LG-One, Heather Robinson +1-312-208-2296 heather.robinson@lg-one.com
 
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