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LG Launching 3D TVs in May

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Jan 7th 2010 11:02AM
Bringing the third dimension to your living room is fast becoming a reality.

According to Engadget, LG announced yesterday that its 3D-enabled flat screen TVs will go on sale in May. The sets will cost about $200-$300 more than what's currently available, says the Hollywood Reporter.

LG has also announced that it will start selling televisions that integrate its popular web phone.

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LG to sell televisions that directly stream Netflix movies

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 5th 2009 12:11PM
LGIf I were a cable company, I'd have mixed feelings about this. LG is working with Netflix to sell televisions that directly stream movies to the set via an Internet connection.

This is yet another step in guaranteeing that nobody will use the cable companies to watch movies anymore. No wonder HBO, etc. have long since gotten into the business of original content.

I'm not sure how successful this formula will be, considering there is still a monthly service fee involved with the use of Netflix. Perhaps they could change their pricing model for the purchase of one of these LG televisions. I'd have issue with paying for cable, Internet and monthly movie rentals particularly when so many televisions can now be directly hooked up to a computer.

I'd like to think that this is the beginning of the all-in-one television, which along with being flat and pretty light will have built-in wi-fi, a PVR including Blu-Ray (or whatever the future generation recording technology is) and an ice cream maker.

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Netflix: Coming soon to a TV set top box near you

by Brad Linder, posted Jan 3rd 2008 10:53AM
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There've been rumors for a while that Netflix was planning to build its own set top box for delivering movies directly to your TV. Now it looks like the DVD rental service is building a platform that will work on many different set top boxes. The first partnership is with LG, but Netflix is looking for other companies to work with.

According to HackingNetflix the goal isn't just to provide one set top box, but to make the Netflix software embedded in boxes ranging from DVD players to video game consoles. And of course, cable boxes.

The box will be internet connected, and users will have access to the same 6,000 movies current Netflix users can currently get by clicking Watch Instantly from the Netflix website. No word on how much the box will cost, but once you buy the hardware, you'll need a Netflix monthly subscription to view the content.


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Hitachi launches HDTV/PVR combo with removable hard drive

by Brad Linder, posted Mar 21st 2007 9:12AM
Hitachi iDVRHitachi is the latest company to jump on the "lets build a PVR into our HDTV products" bandwagon.

But Hitachi Japan's new iVDR (Information Versatile Disk for Removable Usage) series is a little different from similar offerings from Sharp and LG. As the name suggests, Hitachi's iVDR models feature removable storage.

Cartridges will store 40GB, 80GB, or 160GB of memory and will be compatible with other products including PCs and car audio systems. So record some programs on your big screen TV, and take them with you. I wonder if you'd be able to take that cartridge with you to a friends house, pop it in his TV and watch the big game you recorded last weekend.

As for the TV side of things, the iVDR comes in 37-inch and 50-inch plasma varieties with 3 HDMI ports, an assortment of A/V ins and outs, and an SD card reader.

[via CrunchGear]


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LG announces 5 new Time Machine TVs

by Brad Linder, posted Feb 5th 2007 12:34PM
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Apparently, LG doesn't find the terms "personal video recorder" or "digital video recorder" to be descriptive or catchy enough. Never mind the fact that these are pretty much the industry standard terms. No, that's not good enough for LG. Instead, they've branded their line of HDTVs with PVR functions as "Time Machine" television. Great, because that's much more self explanatory.

Anyway, LG already announced a couple of sets in this line, including a 55-incher, and a TV/PC combo. Now they're adding 5 new TV sets, each with dual HD tuners, a 160GB hard drive, and USB 2.0 for attaching an external hard drive. The new models come in 50-inch and 60-inch plasma, or 37-inc, 42-inc, and 47-inch LCD varieties.

The new Time Machine TVs are set for a Korean launch first, with American versions to follow. Prices range from 2,500,000KRW ($2,650) to 8,900,000KRW ($9,435).

[via Engadget]

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