If you’re unwrapping a brand-new LG smart TV this season, you have to know how to make the most of it. There’s so much more to do than simply tune into your favorite cable shows — it’s time to grab some apps. Before you start downloading anything and everything, we have some recommendations. Here are the best LG Smart TV apps you can download right now.
Before we get started, it’s important to remember that LG’s Smart TVs run on WebOS. It’s a completely different beast than Android TV, so you won’t find the same list of apps. We’ve tried to cover a little bit of everything on our list to show you how much LG smart TVs can do. Even if you don’t see your favorite streaming service mentioned, there’s a good chance you’ll find it in LG’s Content Store.
The best LG Smart TV apps:
Spotify (and other music services)
Price: Free / Premium service varies
We’ll tackle one of the easiest categories first — music. Plenty of people are turning to apps like Spotify and Pandora to blast their favorite songs, so why not add one to your TV? The LG Smart TV version of each app functions much like your mobile version, just blown up to fit the television. Right now, Spotify is by far the top-rated music service on LG’s Content Store, but Pandora is available as well, and each option packs an extensive library of songs to choose from. Of course, you’ll have to spend a little cash if you want to escape from ads.
There are too many video services to count, and it’s even worse when you have to switch between apps to access your favorite flicks. Movies Anywhere challenges that notion by bringing all of your downloads into one handy app. You’ll have to connect all of your accounts to this LG Smart TV app, but then you’ll be able to watch all of your favorites with ease. Movies Anywhere is similar to Plex, which is also available in LG’s Content Store. Best of all, Movies Anywhere is completely free and it can help you to discover new deals on content from your other services.
Price: $64.99 per month
Maybe you’re looking at your new LG Smart TV as a way to ditch your cable box entirely. If so, there are a few live TV apps to consider. Chief among them is YouTube TV, though Sling TV and Hulu TV are also available. YouTube TV might be the most expensive app on this list of LG Smart TV must-haves, but it offers over 85 channels as well as a few premium bundle options. No matter which live TV app you choose, it should provide a new, cost-effective way to beat back boredom.
Disney Plus (and other video services)
Price: Free / Premium service varies
Your apps should reflect your personal needs, and video services are no exception. Just like with music services, you have the pick of the litter when it comes to LG Smart TVs. Disney Plus is one of the most popular — and top-rated — apps right now thanks to content like Hamilton and The Mandalorian. You can also turn to Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV, but each comes with its own subscription fees so be careful. Unfortunately, HBO Max is not available on LG Smart TVs quite yet, though it should launch eventually.
See also: Disney Plus: Everything you need to know
Price: Free / Prime Gaming with your Prime membership
Gamers, rejoice! Twitch is another popular app on LG smart TVs, though it’s not for everyone. If you’re not interested in streams or the NWSL, you may not find much need for Twitch, but your kids may want to try it out. You can tap into streams from your favorite creators, sort by different featured games, and more as you explore the app. Twitch has also introduced a feature that lets you enjoy content with family and friends even when you can’t be together. There aren’t really any alternatives to Twitch, unlike most of the other apps on this list.
Price: Free / $7.99 per month
Even though Funimation is a video streaming service like the others, its dedication to animation deserves its own mention. Premium Plus costs just $7.99 per month, and it’s an easy way to get rid of those pesky ads. The service offers over 36 pages of top anime shows, and you can control them all right from your LG Smart TV. You can also view ratings for each show before you dive in to make sure that you’re picking the best of the best anime around.
Price: Free trial / $6.99 per month
BritBox is another video service with a unique angle — this time dedicated to the glory of British television. This LG Smart TV app is a joint effort between the BBC and ITV, with a healthy dose of BritBox originals mixed in. It’s one of the easiest ways to enjoy Rowan Atkinson hits like Blackadder or keep up with weekly shows like Mock the Week. You can currently access BritBox in the United States, Canada, the UK, and more.
In a world where just about every streaming service costs $8 or more per month, LG Channels is a breath of fresh air. It’s a completely free TV setup directly from LG, and it packs nearly 200 channels to choose from. There’s a channel for just about any genre — from horror to comedy, and plenty of news channels. You can also tap into niche favorites like a Just For Laughs channel and special content from Funny or Die. LG offers a free version of Channels Plus, which simply includes more content to choose from.