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LG BD370, BD390

LG BD370Like most other companies, LG are updating their Blu-ray player offerings for 2009. Building on their popular BD300 blu-ray player, the first to offer netflix streaming via the Internet, LG have announced two “networked” blu-ray players, the LG BD370, the LG BD390.

Both feature LG’s “NetCast Entertainment Access”, which offers a vast array of content on demand though partners such as CinemaNow, YouTube, Netflix and others, providing a collection of HD streaming titles. With over 14,000 titles currently available and growing, with online content viewable without the need for a PC.

Both the LG BD390 and BD370 feature BD Live, which is also known as Blu-ray profile 2.0, making them bang upto date, allowing real-time content via the Internet for movie scenes extras, games, chat and more. Also included in BonusView for picture in picture access for special features, allowing you to watch the movie, along with the bonus extras.

LG BD370

LG BD370

The LG BD370 networked blu-ray player features advanced audio format decoding of Dolby TrueHD, Digital Plus and DTS-HD for the highest quality sound. 1080p / 24p output, with 1080p upscalling of DVDs. Expect to find the BD370 in the second quarter of 2009.

LG BD390

The LG BD390 has all the same features as the BD370 but adds to the performance and connectivity. Featuring built-in, internal wireless connectivity for easy home networking, allowing BD-Live and streaming HD content without the need to hookup an Ethernet cable to the BD390. The LG BD390 also features 1GB of built in memory for BD-Live content, without the need of a flash drive.

7.1 channel audio outputs are also featured. Find the LG BD390 slightly later, during the third quarter 2009.

LG Network Blu-ray Home Theater Systems (LHB954, LHB977, LHB979)

As well as the two new blu-ray players, LG have announced three new networked blu-ray home theater systems. The stylish designs and high performance speakers enhanced the HD surround sound experience. Available as the LG LHB954, LHB977 and LHB979.  All have the following features.

  • Full HD 1080p Blu-ray playback with BD-Live, BonusView
  • 1000W 5.1 channel spherical speaker system
  • NetCast Entertainment Access / Netflix instant streaming ready
  • Dolby® TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
  • iPod Direct Docking
  • Availability: Second quarter of 2009

The LG LHB977 has the above features as the LHB954, but also features two HDMI inputs for improved connectivity to HD sources, with two tallboy speakers and satellite speakers.

The LG LHB979 adds to the LHB977 with pure GD audio and video experience, with 1000w of power and champagne speakers and two wireless rear satellite speakers designed by audio expert Mr. Mark Levinso.