TVs Make Play for Web Games .

Hammered by ever-slimming profit margins, TV makers are turning online to videogames as another way to incorporate Web-delivered entertainment. At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, many television manufacturers touted videogames as an important entertainment category for Internet-connected televisions. Many are forming partnerships to play videogames on the TV without the need for a dedicated game console, and many are courting developers to create apps for the TV. LG Electronics Inc. unveiled a range of smart, or Internet-connected, televisions while showing off a new motion-sensing remote control. The new remote only has six buttons and is similar to Nintendo Co.'s Wii game controller. "Videogames are one of the categories that we hope app developers will take to with the new Motion remote," said Tim Alessi, director of new product development at LG's home electronics division. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's biggest TV maker, held a contest for developers to create the best app for its television. It awarded the top $200,000 prize to a developer who created a game called WeDraw. By keeping the television central to the lives of consumers, manufacturers are hoping to lift the overall value of the TV and keep the industry's relentless price declines at bay.

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