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LG SP520 Smart TV Upgrader Built-In WiFi - Black (2012 Model)

by LG
41 customer reviews
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Product Description

New Intelligence for your old TV. The SP520 LG Network Media Player easily connects to your current HDTV to provide instant access to streaming services such as Netflix & YouTube.

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Technical Details
Brand NameLG
Item Weight1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions4.3 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
Item model numberSP520
Batteries:2 AA batteries required.
Color NameBlack
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Best Sellers Rank #38,660 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.8 pounds
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Date First AvailableFebruary 15, 2012
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By bootlooper on September 8, 2012
I bought this product on sale at a local Fry's for 29.99. Even with the wireless router in the same room with the product with no security I could not get a wireless connection. A software "upgrade" that could not be declined nor reverted removed the Amazon video app -- my primary reason for purchasing the device. Were it not for the 40 mile roundtrip and 15% restocking fee I would be returning this device.

I tried to submit a review on the lg website more than one week ago and lg apparently has declined to publish as there are still 0 reviews of the product over there.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2012
Like most people here, I bought this at Fry's for $29.99, cheapest streaming, media player device you could find anywhere. First of all, for those that gave this one star, it's not fair for LG. No device is perfect and so is this one, it can't satisfy all of our needs. I have to agree that one major flaw is that the wifi reception of this device sucks and it doesn't remember my password setting! Quite a few times, when I turned it on, I had to reenter the password. Now are the good parts: the remote control feel nice the your hand, not too small, not too big, ergonomic and has just enough buttons. And so is the content apps, it has Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, CinemaNow, Pandora, YouTube (YES, YouTube is still there), even Google Map! Amazon is on the cover of the box but I don't know why it's not there any more :( The menu, user interface is clean, especially with Netflix, it's just exactly like on Roku (and yes, it does have closed captioning feature, unlike most of the streaming devices out there, for those of you that wonder) The other good part is that it is DLNA certified (well, if the wifi doesn't work, what's the point, right?) and it has USB port that can play pretty much the most popular media format you can throw at: avi, mp4, wmv, mkv.... with subtitles supported. What I was looking for is the device that has the clean Netflix interface AND has USB port so I can hook up and play media from my external hard drive (Roku has tons of content but I only care about Netflix and a few more, the top of the line model has USB but it can only play a very few media formats) If they fix the wifi issue via firmware update, this would be one of the best media streaming device!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. P. on September 18, 2012
I went to my local Fry's intending to buy a Roku XS. I really only wanted a way to stream Netflix since my Blu-Ray and TV aren't networkable. I happened to see this little guy for $29.99. I figured for that price I couldn't really go wrong.

So I took it home and used the automated method to connect to my wireless router. No problem at all. After entering my Netflix login info I was able to browse my (streaming) queue and select a movie. I've watched several movies with no issues and perfectly acceptable video quality. By the way, I have not had any wi-fi issues that others have connects to my network each time I turn it on.

The device can also connect to Vudu and Hulu plus. However, I have not used those features and probably won't. Youtube works great but it's a pain to search with the non-alphanumeric remote. There are some other premium channels available but not a lot. There is no web browser or way to add or delete things from the premium menu (boo).

I haven't used any of the other features like "smart share" or anything, either. I bought it for Netflix, it does that fine, and I'm satisfied, for the price I paid. If you have to pay more than $30, or want other features, I would look elsewhere.

UPDATE: 7/15/2013 I decided to replace this with the new Roku 3 just because it's so darn slow to start up, load the interface, and connect to Netflix. It worked fine but it gets a little old waiting so long for it to load everything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cody B. Langness on October 9, 2012
At least, not yet.

Like most people, I suppose, I picked this up for a lowbie price at Fry's. Unlike many here, I actually have a fantastic wireless access point (SonicPoint Ne on the latest firmware which resolves a lot of issues), and even though I run it at 2.4Ghz instead of 5Ghz for other devices (I don't believe this device can do 5), And even though my neighbors are crowded in, have leaky microwaves and all use 2.4, I experience few hiccoughs, relatively speaking.

Anyway, I got this to replace my Wii for Netflix and HULU streaming. I don't care about Amazon Video, so that loss was no loss. Netflix seems to work great, for the most part. 1080p finally on our new tv. I can't seem to get Pandora working yet, though that could just be Pandora. Loaded YouTube, but that's not important to me.

What IS important is this odd bug it has with Hulu Plus. LG seems to be in denial that it exists, but the Hulu boards claim this to be universal for the device.

When the video first loads it says 'resuming where you left off', even if you haven't watched it yet. Then, EVERY TIME you see a commercial, it of course takes its obligatory buffer pause (which is kind of a pain, but survivable for 1080p video, if only just), But then it RESTARTS YOUR VIDEO. Every commercial break, without question or fail. Sometimes it goes back to the very beginning, sometimes it goes 30 seconds in... But every time, you're watching the same beginning segment over and over, broken with delayed commercials, (even moreso over wireless), unless you forward back to the spot the commercial just passed at.

LG seems to be using the strategy of erasing this issue from its boards and denying they've heard this is happening until they get a fix in place. ...
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