Please notice that installing the IPK will work only on webOS TVs which are marked as “Digital Signage” (professional line, not the commercial-lite line). For other webOS based TVs, we are working to upload this player app to the LG Smart App Store.

Below you can find several procedures for installing and deploying configuration for webOS based LG TV display. LG has a wide series of smart TV displays which run the propitiatory operating system called “webOS”. Our player app which we have developed for webOS is ONLY for webOS 3.x and above (Please notice that webOS 2.x is not supported!). We tested the app on top of a 43″ LG TV, model 43SM5KC-B. The player app is based over our HTML player app (https://app.novisign.com/wplayer) and uses as digital signage player. This is a live document which is based on our beta testers experience, so it will be updated as we go on. Please send us any feedback and recommendations on the below so we can keep improving it.

On your PC:

  1. Take a disk-on-key and create a root folder called “application” (in lower case letters).
  2. Into that folder, copy the IPK file you have (the IPK is the application file and can be downloaded from: http://test.novisign.com/downloads/novisign-rel-latest-1.2.0.ipk) and rename it to “com.lg.app.signage.ipk”.
  3. Connect a USB hub to the single USB port of the LG TV and into that hub connect keyboard, mouse and that disk-on-key.
  4. Turn on the TV.

On the LG TV:

In order to put your display in “kiosk” mode (means it’s alive 24/7), please do the following:

  1. After the TV is up and running, in the TV remote control, press the gear button, in the icons menu in the right, move the cursor to the “All Settings” red round icon (using the arrow buttons) and press the “OK” button to select it.
  2. A menu will appear in the left.
  3. With the arrow buttons and the “OK” button, make sure that the settings “Energy Saving” and “Smart Energy Saving” (under the “Picture” sub-menu) are both set to off, to prevent the display from going to sleep.
  4. Access the “Timers” (under the “General” sub-menu) and make sure all the settings underneath are set to “Off” (in some cases, there is a default of a timer to turn off the display around midnight – this should be disabled).

Now, it’s time to install the webOS app:

  1. In the TV remote control, press a long press (~10 seconds) the gear button (settings).
  2. Once you see the comics talking bubble disappear, press “8” -> “0” -> “8” -> “0” and then “OK”, in the TV remote control. A server menu will appear in the left side of the display.
  3. In the server menu, change the “Application Launch Mode” to “Local” (you can use the “OK” and the arrow buttons in the remote control for that).
  4. The “Application Type” setting should be on “IPK”.
  5. Move the cursor to the “USB” option, right to the “Local Application Upgrade”, plug in the USB disk-on-key to the USB port of the TV and then click “OK”.
  6. In the bottom confirmation window, choose “CONFIRM” and press the “OK” button in the remote control. The app should be installed.
  7. With the remote control, turn off, then after 10 seconds, turn on the TV. The webOS player app will appear.
  8. You can use the up and Enter keys, in a connected USB keyboard to move the focus and to press the button there, or use the Esc key to exit a running playlist. In the “Screen” textbox, type the screen key you’d like the app to play.
  9. Check the “Auto start” checkbox.
  10. Press the “Play” button. The app will download the playlist’s media and then will start playing.
LG server menu

The webOS app limitations:

Can play simple video creative.
Can play simple image creative.
Can play blended creative with the following widgets only:
a) Label widget.
b) Image widget.
c) Video widget.
d) Slideshow widget.
e) Web image widget can be used to show local TV channels (as HDMI1, HDMI2), if you set its “Image URL” property to: http://static.onsignage.com/playerapp/capture/input or http://static.onsignage.com/playerapp/capture/input?source=hdmi:1 (for HDMI1), http://static.onsignage.com/playerapp/capture/input?source=hdmi:2 (for HDMI2) and http://static.onsignage.com/playerapp/capture/input?source=dvi:1 (for DVI).
* Please notice that if you put a video in one slide and then move to another slide with 2 videos, that means 1 video transits to 2 videos, you might see an unexpected display as strange outline on the display or else.

Cloning the LG TV settings to other LG TVs:

You can perform USB cloning, in order to replicate the LG TV settings and save yourself a lot of time. The idea is to fully set one TV and then, download the settings to a TLX file on a disk-on-key, then use that disk-on-key on each other TV to quickly deploy the same settings.
LG installation menu

To create the TLX configuration file, on the original LG TV:

  1. Turn on the TV and wait till it’s up and running.
  2. In the remote control, press “0” -> “0” -> “0” -> “0” -> “OK”.
  3. The Installation menu will appear in the left.
  4. Choose the “USB Cloning” menu option.
  5. Insert a USB disk-on-key to the USB port of the LG TV.
  6. In that menu, choose the “Send to USB” and follow the instructions.

After you have created a TLX file (you can use this YouTube video tutorial), in order to deploy the settings, in each LG TV, do the following:

  1. Put that file on a root folder of a disk-on-key.
  2. In the remote control, press the gear (settings) button and hold it pressed for ~10 seconds, till you see a comics talking bubble in the top right corner of the screen above a black screen.
  3. Press “0” -> “0” -> “0” -> “0” -> “OK”.
  4. The Installation menu will appear in the left.
  5. Choose the “USB Cloning” menu option.
  6. Connect that disk-on-key to the USB port of the LG display TV.
  7. In that menu, choose the “Receive from USB” and follow the instructions.
  8. After the cloning is over, reboot the TV and see if it will start playing my playlist. If it does, let it run for 24 hours.

How to know your LG TV webOS version?

  1. In the remote control, press the home button. A bottom bar will appear.
  2. Click the tab called “Information”. This will open an information window, in which you can see the webOS version, as well as other information.
LG home bottom barLG Information menu

 
* If you like to see the installation manual of the Android player app, click here.
* If you like to see the installation manual of the native Windows player app, click here.
* If you like to see the installation manual of the Chrome OS player app, click here.
* If you like to see the installation manual of the old Air (Windows) player app, click here.