CES 2011: An IQ Boost For Dumb TVs

3D TVs, giant TVs, Internet TVs—if you want to replace that high definition flat panel television you bought a year or two ago, the options are endless. But what if you don’t?

That’s a question most TV manufacturers don’t like to even think about. So it was refreshing at the 2011 CES when LG announced its $150 SmartTVUpgrader. It makes dumb TVs smart, giving them access to Netflix and other video services, the web, and an app store. And, if the crowds surrounding the SmartTVUpgrader display in LG’s booth are any indication, it could be the hit of the show.

For more gadget news, check out our complete coverage of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show.


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