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CES: LG's New Internet Video Streaming Network Blu-ray Players and HDTVs

By Chris Chiarella

Many cutting-edge features were announced as LG rolled out nine series of LCDs and three plasma series here at CES. Some of the displays will be adding built-in wireless HDMI, receiving an uncompressed 1080p signal from a separate media box via 60GHz technology and a Smart Antenna, with added USB and network connectivity as well, plus support from internet content providers Yahoo!, YouTube, Netflix and CinemaNow.

The 55-inch LHX Slim Wireless LED Backlight HDTV with Local Dimming specifically achieves a jaw-dropping 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio (although that is beyond the scope of any measuring device) and further benefits from 24p "Real Cinema," 5:5 pull-down. LG's "Core Technologies" will also be available on every display 32 inches and above, namely the Mark Levinson-tuned Invisible Speaker system, AV Mode II with three presets including Cinema Mode calibrated to ISF standards, Clear Voice II enhancement and Picture Wizard calibration tools.

Hordes of new LG HDTVs took the stsge at the Consumer Electroncis Show.

LG's much-buzzed-about BD300 Network Blu-ray disc player with integrated Netflix movie streaming will be updated to offer Netflix HD, while the new BD370 (wired for broadband) and BD390 (wireless, with a gigabyte of memory for BD-Live use) go further, to support DivX HD media and DLNA standards. In addition, the 1,000-watt LG Network Blu-ray Home Theater System LHB954 arrives Netflix-ready with efficient spherical speakers and iPod Direct Docking.

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