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How can I get ITV player and 4OD on my new LG smart TV?

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Trickytricky Sun 09-Aug-15 09:31:29

Anyone have any ideas how to get ITV player and 4OD on an LG smart TV? It comes with a BBCiplayer app and a 5 on demand app but not the other two. Any ideas how I can download the apps?


VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 09:48:54

I would like to know too, have the same TV, I can't even get the installed apps working!

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 09:54:15

I don't think you can. It might be to do with licensing. Please correct me if I'm wrong though because I would love to get them on my smart TV!

Trickytricky Sun 09-Aug-15 10:03:03

Damn! I knew there was a reason we were going to get a Samsung as they have all the catch up options.

Presumably I can do it if I go in via the ITV player website?

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 10:27:28

Do you mean via the Internet? Nah, tried it. Didn't work.

VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 10:32:59

I had a Samsung before, wish I'd got one this time too. Do you find the guide and channel change very slow? Oh, I got the apps installed working ok now! I've just tried to install ITV player and it says 'not supported by this device'. Maybe you have to have something like Nowtv??

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 10:57:36

We have NOWTV and stream films and some sky channels through it. Still can't get itv player or 4OD though!

VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 11:53:50

Love, is Nowtv a one off payment? I don't want any subscription.

RealHuman Sun 09-Aug-15 12:00:56

Tesco seems a reasonable price for a nowtv box. There's also Chromecast or firetv or appletv, I think they all have the main catchup channels.

RealHuman Sun 09-Aug-15 12:02:12

This article might be useful.

VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 12:11:57

Thank for that RealHuman.

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 15:04:15

NOWTV is monthly payments no upfront fee. The cost depends on what you want e.g films etc. You can cancel anytime.

No need for a 'box' if you have a smart TV.

RealHuman Sun 09-Aug-15 15:14:32

There is a need for a box if OP's smart TV doesn't have the catch-up channels she wants. The now TV box is one of the boxes that would supply that option, I think. Paying a now TV sub won't get her those catch up channels.

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 15:27:56

Ah right. The box has the channels does it? Seems a bit crap that the subscription doesn't.

RealHuman Sun 09-Aug-15 15:33:03

I think that's how it works though happy to be corrected - paying the nowTV subscription I think is like unlocking a premium "channel" (streaming service) in addition to whatever "channels", like All4 or iPlayer, you get for free.

Don't quote me on it, though.

I'm shocked the range of streaming options on LG TVs is so poor. My parents refuse to buy anything Samsung because of a long-running family grudge stemming from a dodgy microwave in the early nineties hmm and are thinking about getting an LG.

RepeatAdNauseum Sun 09-Aug-15 15:35:59

I have an LG TV with ITV player and 5OD. They came installed, though, along with I player etc. The TV must be a good year old, too.

VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 15:50:22

Repeat, my TV isn't a year old and it doesn't have ITV Player.

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 16:12:19

Nor does mine and it's bloody annoying.

Trickytricky Sun 09-Aug-15 17:00:39

It is so annoying! Especially as the freeview reception is a bit rubbish where we are (ironically on ITV and all the channel 4 channels...)

I just nipped into Currys to ask one of their assistants as to what my best option was. The lady I asked took me over to the desk and started googling it... VERY unimpressed as I could do that myself. Annoyed we didn't get a Samsung now...

Lovelise Sun 09-Aug-15 19:31:12

What did Google say Tricky?

TeamBacon Sun 09-Aug-15 19:44:45

You can get a Now TV box for a tenner, then cancel the subscription and you'll have all the catch up channels Inc. 4OD etc. Think it has YouTube as well.

I've been looking at smart tvs and didnt have a clue that some of them didn't have all available channels, how daft!

VulcanWoman Sun 09-Aug-15 20:50:30

Good tip Bacon and yes, very daft!

Trickytricky Sun 09-Aug-15 23:00:10

Bacon - is that a tried and tested method? Anyone actually done that with NowTV?

I'm going to call John Lewis tmrw and talk to the man we discussed it with. My DH and I swore he said we could get all the catch up apps. If not I'm going to exchange it for a Samsung one!

TheOneWiththeNicestSmile Sun 09-Aug-15 23:05:16

Fwiw, DS was going to buy a smart TV (Samsung) & the bloke at Currys told him that as he has an XBox he can get all the same services that way without paying the extra.

Works fine as far as I know.

TheOneWiththeNicestSmile Sun 09-Aug-15 23:09:10

Have any of you got an XBox or equivalent? You can watch app TV on those.

DS1 was going to buy a smart TV from Currys - Samsung - & the bloke told him to save the extra £££ as his XBox would do the job just as well (& it does)

You do have to go in & out with the XBox controller though which can be a PITA

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