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LG Electronics Unveils 'Broadband HDTVs' – NetFlix direct to TV

Who needs a DVD or BluRay player at this point.  If you’ve got a web connection you only need a TV.  Let us hope the picture quality is good and it isn’t too expensive, and inputs for your XBox.  Otherwise this feature is just another gimmick.


LG Electronics First to Unveil ‘Broadband HDTVs’ That Instantly Stream Movies From Netflix
Netflix Members Can Instantly Watch Movies Directly On New LG Plasma and LCD HDTVs

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. and LOS GATOS, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics today extended its groundbreaking partnership with Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), as the two companies announced the first broadband-enabled HDTVs with Netflix streaming software embedded directly in the TV, requiring no external device. LG’s new LCD and plasma “Broadband HDTVs” will display the growing library of movies, TV episodes and high-definition (HD) content that Netflix members can watch instantly directly on the TV with Ethernet connectivity.

Available this spring, the new LCD and plasma HDTVs will join the LG BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, the first Blu-ray disc player to stream movies instantly from Netflix. These products – and five new models of Blu-ray Disc players and home theater systems planned for 2009 – will offer consumers a variety of ways to enjoy more than 12,000 choices of movies and TV episodes instantly from Netflix. Netflix members owning one or more of the devices pay as little as $8.99 per month for unlimited instant streaming and unlimited DVDs from a catalog of more than 100,000 DVD titles in more than 200 genres.

LG Electronics and Netflix will demonstrate these broadband HDTVs this week at the 2009 CES(R), Booth #8214, Central Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Embedding the Netflix streaming software in the television is a natural progression of our partnership with Netflix and our innovative product line,” said LG Electronics USA President Teddy Hwang. “This is an LG industry-first, which provides another flexible option for consumers seeking to access exciting content directly through their HDTV.”


source: Reuters

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  • HDTVReviews says:

    The new models from LG, including both LCD and plasma, have an Ethernet connection, do not require an external device, and allow Netflix members to watch streaming movies.The LG HDTV will not allow users to surf the Internet through their TV set but it does away with the need for a set-top box, video-game console or other device to access shows online from Netflix.The new LG HDTVs will use a broadband connection and Queue-based user interface to stream content.Viewers can use the TV remote control to make their selections and can fast-forward and rewind the video.

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