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OpenLGTV: Legal reverse engineering and research of LG TVs firmware

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OpenLGTV: Legal reverse engineering and research of LG TVs firmware


@pabs3 1 hour

Replying to @transpute 🎙

I hope the Software Freedom Conservancy lawsuit against Visio results in an open source distribution for TVs like there is OpenWRT for routers after their last lawsuit. Perhaps the OpenLGTV/SamyGO projects and other folks will join forces on a common distro for smart TVs.

https://sfconservancy.org/copyleft-compliance/vizio.html https://sfconservancy.org/copyleft-compliance/firmware-liber... https://www.samygo.tv/

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@stevesimmons 56 minutes

Replying to @transpute 🎙

I so want this for my Samsung TV... since they did a firmware update that puts ads into the source selection screen.

And for what? A couple of dollars of side revenue. And whole lot of customer hatred.

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@GoToRO 9 minutes

Replying to @transpute 🎙

Finally I can find out why the tv messes up the channel list by moving some channels at random after which any edit of the channel list will corrupt it even further…

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@Retr0id 52 minutes

Replying to @transpute 🎙

See also:

https://github.com/webosbrew/webos-homebrew-channel - A GUI app for easily installing homebrew applications on LG WebOS TVs

https://repo.webosbrew.org/apps/ - A repo of such homebrew applications

https://github.com/RootMyTV/RootMyTV.github.io - A one-click* LG TV rooting tool

*firmware-version dependent, an updated exploit supporting "all" firmwares is in the pipeline.

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@ocdtrekkie 1 hour

Replying to @transpute 🎙

Glad to see some work on this. The most expensive Smart TV in my house is the worst one because LG refuses to support their TVs more than a couple years: All the new streaming apps are only available on newer TVs, even if they're far cheaper and less powerful.

My experience with LG's TV software support may have driven me to Roku forever. Age old Rokus still tend to have fantastic app support and run modern versions of their OS.

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@xahrepap 1 hour

Replying to @transpute 🎙

Here's what I want for custom firmware: nothing. I don't mean "I don't want custom firmware". I want custom firmware THAT DOES NOTHING. Turn the TV into a dumb monitor. Do nothing else. Don't make me wait X seconds long for the TV Software to boot. Because I don't want it. I don't need it. I have external devices that do everything I want.

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@beezischillin 1 hour

Replying to @transpute 🎙

I'd love a feature that would allow alphabetical sorting of channels. It's kind of ridiculous that this isn't possible on a 'smart' TV today.

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@kayson 1 hour

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I hope this eventually leads to the ability to remove ads. It's unbelievable to me that you can pay top dollar for a high end OLED tv and it will still drown you in ads and notifications. I ended up just disconnecting my tv from the internet entirely and using a dedicated Roku Ultra for streaming.

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