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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.

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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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