New LG Broadband TVs, Blu-ray Decks All Get Netflix HD Streaming and MoreS

LG is picking up where they left off with the Netflix-juiced BD300 in their Broadband HDTVs and plasmas, as well as the brand new BD370 and BD390 Blu-ray decks and a slew of HTIBs.

The supported TVs with Netcast are the 47 and 42-inch LH50 LCDs and 60 and 50-inch PS80 plasmas. Netcast also adds Cinemanow and YouTube, as we had suspected

LG ELECTRONICS DEBUTS FULL LINE OF NETWORK BLU-RAY DISC PLAYERS AND HOME THEATER SYSTEMS
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New Devices Deliver Superior Image Quality, Enhanced Entertainment Options through New Content Alliances

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2009 – Building on the success of its BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player – the world’s first Blu-ray player to instantly stream Netflix – LG Electronics introduced two new Network Blu-ray Disc Players (BD370, BD390) and three Network Blu-ray Disc Home Theater Systems (LHB954, LHB977, LHB979) with expanded content options and wireless connectivity. The company’s full line of digital audio-video products is on display this week at the 2009 International CES® – Booth #8214, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

Unparalleled Access to Streaming Entertainment
The 2009 Network Blu-ray Disc Players with LG’s “NetCast™ Entertainment Access” offer consumers a virtually endless array of content-on-demand options through new alliances with CinemaNow and YouTube, as well as access to the growing library of HD streaming titles from Netflix. Through its alliance with CinemaNow, the first Web site to offer Pay-Per-View movies from major studios and the first broadband distributor of high definition (HD) content, LG offers consumers access to more than 14,000 titles from the major movie studios, broadcast and cable television shows, more than 250 independent film titles and music videos from all major labels*.

Offering unlimited access to online content, LG’s alliance with YouTube will allow consumers to instantly stream millions of Web videos directly from the Internet to an LG Network Blu-ray Player for viewing on their television (without a personal computer)*. Easy searching, thumbnail previews and multiple screen size viewing options will allow consumers to enjoy endless video content from current events to viral videos at the touch of a button. (For more information on content alliances, see separate release.)

“With LG, consumers do not have to compromise flexible entertainment options for exceptional sound and picture quality,” said Peter Reiner, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, LG Electronics USA, Inc. “Whether it’s through new content or a wireless connection, our new network Blu-ray disc players and home theater systems allow consumers to personalize their entertainment experience.”

Advanced Video-Audio Entertainment Experience
All of LG’s 2009 Network Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems incorporate advanced technologies and entertainment options that allow consumers to enjoy content on-demand instantly with exceptional sound and video quality. LG’s Network Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems are BD Live capable, giving consumers access to a wide variety of real-time content via a network connection, such as movie scene extras, new previews, games, chats and more. The line also includes BonusView technology for picture-in-picture access to special features, allowing users to simultaneously watch their favorite movie scenes and added bonus features on compatible discs. Highlights include:

LG BD370 Network Blu-ray Disc Player – The BD370 offers consumers broadband connectivity and advanced audio capabilities with audio format decoding such as Dolby TrueHD/Digital Plus and DTS-HD for a crisper, clearer auditory experience. Other features include:

* Full HD 1080p Blu-ray disc playback with BD-Live and BonusView
* NetCast™ Entertainment Access
o Netflix instant streaming ready
o Instant access to the latest movie titles from CinemaNow
o A world of entertainment options with YouTube access

* 1080p Upscaling for standard DVD
* Dolby® TrueHD
* DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
* USB Media Host
* Availability: Second quarter of 2009

LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player – The BD390 boasts all the same core functionalities of the BD370 model but takes performance and connectivity a step further featuring integrated wireless home networking for easy connection to the home network, and 1GB of built-in memory, offering consumers an easier option for enjoying BD-Live content from their favorite Blu-ray movies without the need for a flash drive and discrete 7.1 channel audio outputs for exceptional connectivity and performance. Availability slated for third quarter of 2009.

LG Network Blu-ray Home Theater System (LHB954) – The perfect complement to any movie enthusiast’s home entertainment system, the LHB954 is LG’s first home theater system to incorporate a new spherical speaker design that increases sound clarity and volume throughout the listening space. The high-style and high-performance speakers enhance the pure HD surround-sound experience available from the latest advanced audio formats available on Blu-ray discs. Other features include:

* Full HD 1080p Blu-ray disc playback with BD-Live and BonusView
* 1000W 5.1 channel spherical speaker system
* NetCast™ Entertainment Access
o Netflix instant streaming ready

* Dolby® TrueHD
* DTS-HD Master Audio Essential
* iPod Direct Docking
* Availability: Second quarter of 2009

LG ELECTRONICS LAUNCHES BROADBAND HDTVs WITH ‘NETCAST™ ENTERTAINMENT ACCESS’
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New Content Providers Yahoo!®, Netflix, YouTube Give Consumers Freedom to Access Streaming Movies, News, Weather, Photos and More Directly to the TV

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2009 – LG Electronics today announced two new HDTV series with NetCast™ Entertainment Access that offer instant streaming of movies, TV shows, video, and a Widget-based user experience via Ethernet connectivity directly to the television. Through new alliances with Yahoo!, Netflix, and YouTube™, consumers can instantly stream an almost endless catalogue of entertainment from viral videos and movies to photo sharing Web sites without the need of a separate PC*.

“LG’s new NetCast Entertainment Access capability broadens the user experience to include not only entertainment content, but also up-to-the minute news, stock information, weather updates, photo management and more by simply using the TV’s remote control,” said Peter Reiner, senior vice president, marketing and strategy, LG Electronics USA. “With these and future content relationships, LG continues to break the mold with innovative technologies designed to enhance consumers’ viewing experience.”

LG’s HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access (47- and 42-inch class* LH50 LCD models and 60- and 50-inch class* PS80 plasma models) and its full line of LCD and plasma products are on display this week at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – Booth #8214, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center. (See separate release for more information.)

Yahoo! Widget Engine: Content When You Want It, Where You Want It
The Yahoo! Widget Engine enables the discovery and enjoyment of a new class of interactive applications called TV Widgets. TV Widgets enable viewers to interact with popular Internet services and online media through applications specifically tailored to the needs of the television watcher such as up-to-the minute Yahoo! News, Weather and Finance.

Through Flickr®, Yahoo!’s online photo management and sharing application, consumers can enjoy their latest family and friend photos on the big screen. Accessible through a Yahoo! TV Widget, consumers can access this unique photo sharing site to run slideshows and view individual photos.

YouTube: Access to Millions of User-Generated Videos
As a leading online video community for people to discover, watch, and share originally created videos, YouTube allows consumers unlimited access to web based videos. Through LG’s alliance with this prolific online video community, consumers can instantly stream millions of Web videos directly from the Internet for viewing on their television. Key benefits include:

• Unlimited access to millions of videos on topics such as current events, instructional videos for hobbies and interests, comedic and viral videos
• Easy Searching, thumbnail previews and multiple screen size viewing options

Netflix: Instant Streaming Directly Through the TV
LG’s HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access will join the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player as an industry first, providing the ability to stream movies instantly from Netflix, offering consumers a variety of ways to enjoy more than 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes. Netflix members owning one of these devices pay as little as $8.99 for a monthly subscription for unlimited streaming and DVD rentals.

Instant streaming content from Netflix to the HDTV will rely on a broadband connection and Queue-based user interface. Netflix members will use the Netflix Web site to add movies and TV episodes to their individual instant Queues. Those choices will automatically be displayed on members’ TVs and available to watch instantly through the HDTV. Once selected, movies will begin playing in as little as 30 seconds.
With the accompanying remote control, Netflix members will be able to browse and make selections right on the TV screen and also have the ability to read synopses and rate movies. In addition, they will have the option of fast-forwarding and rewinding the video stream.