LG LRM-519 Running Microsoft’s New DVR Platform Unveiled at CES


lg lrm 519One of the biggest surprises at CES during Microsoft’s keynote was the unveiling of the LG LRM-519, a DVR/DVD recorder featuring Microsoft’s new thin-client Media Center inspired DVR platform that can be networked with any Windows XP or Media Center Edition PC to stream photos, music, and video. But the coolest feature of the device is that it can take the content it has recorded to its hard drive and stream it to a compatible Windows PC for syncing and optimization via WMP 10 to connected playsforsure devices.

LG Electronics Announces First DVD Recorder with Microsoft DVR Software Technology

Powerful Combination of Technologies from Microsoft and LG Raises Bar for Digital Recorder Market

LAS VEGAS—Jan. 5, 2005– LG Electronics, Inc. today announced the world’s first DVD recorder with digital video recorder (DVR) functionality using new software technology from Microsoft Corp. LG model LRM-519 will be available to consumers by fall 2005.

Unveiled by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates during his keynote address on the eve of the International CES 2005, the LG model LRM-519 raises the bar in the exploding DVD recorder market as the first combination DVD recorder and 160-gigabyte hard-disc-drive (HDD) convergence product with an electronic program guide (EPG) and PC connectivity using technology from Microsoft.

“As the ‘digital convergence’ concept becomes more commonplace, the powerful combination of Microsoft and LG technology will redefine recordable media for home entertainment,” said Hee-Gook Lee, chief technology officer, LG Electronics. “With support for wired or wireless in-home networking and innovative PC connectivity, the LG LRM-519 is a true digital convergence product.”

The result of a strategic relationship between Microsoft and LG Electronics, a top-tier technology leader in DTV, telecommunications and digital convergence products, this new product reflects LG’s commitment to achieving global consumer electronics leadership, Dr. Lee explained. The LRM-519, offers an array of options for digital entertainment on the DVR DVD recorder by enabling powerful multimedia experiences and seamless connectivity with Windows XP-based PCs and PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

“Consumers want flexibility and choice in digital entertainment, and our partnership with LG is a successful example of just that,” said Rick Thompson, corporate vice president of the Windows Client Extended Platforms Division at Microsoft Corp. “With this new DVD recorder, consumers will benefit from the combination of LG’s expertise and Microsoft technology that together deliver innovative DVD and DVR solutions with access to digital photos, music and more on Windows XP-based PC and PCs running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.”

This DVR DVD recorder also enables playback of music, pictures, and video with computers running Windows XP and Windows XP Media Center Edition over a home network. The LG LRM-519 can play and display files including MPEG, Windows Media Audio and Video (WMA/WMV), MP3 and JPEG images on TV. Supported network connections include Ethernet or Wi-fi (802.11a/g). This wireless connection is four-to-five times faster than that of 802.11b, enabling seamless data reception.

The LG LRM-519 includes an integrated EPG service provided by Microsoft. This programming guide combines channel guides from multiple sources such as cable, satellite, and terrestrial TV. As such, the guide allows consumers to easily discover, record and enjoy their favorite television programs. The LG LRM-519 also comes with a built-in Ethernet adapter, allowing high-speed reception of the EPG guide data.

At 160GB, the internal HDD offers up to 160 hours of conventional analog TV programming storage. The DVR allows program burning from HDD to DVD (DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R Double Layer), further strengthening the flexibility of the device for users to record their favorite programs. Also with a 90-minute buffer time for Live TV, it offers three times more flexibility in watching other media compared to other manufacturers.

The LG LRM-519 also offers true networking versatility as users can watch programmed TV recorded from the DVR on their Windows XP-based PC running Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 and then take it on the go with them on Portable Media Center devices.

The product will also support the PlaysForSure logo program, which is designed to help consumers with Windows XP-based PCs find devices and online music or video stores that work together. Seeing the logo will allow consumers to know that music or movie content from download or subscription services will work.

The LG LRM-519 stands out in key areas when compared to the competition. The CPU is much like that of a personal computer, enabling four-to-five times more powerful processing speeds found in comparable DVR products. The product also boasts a 3D comb filter that provides far superior video quality than other DVRs. Another outstanding feature is the USB device input support such as portable HDD, USB memory and card readers which expands the versatility of the product. The significance of this USB input support is that the option of the connecting a portable hard drive offers limitless storage space for users’ multimedia files.

LG plans to introduce the LG LRM-519 in the United States by fall 2005.

ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS U.S.A.

Based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., LG Electronics USA, Inc., (LGEUS) is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc. LGEUS’ key product areas – consumer electronics, home appliances, information technology products and mobile phones – are designed to deliver on the promise of its “LG: Life’s Good” 2005 marketing theme. For more information, please visit www.lgusa.com.

ABOUT LG ELECTRONICS, INC.

LG Electronics, Inc. (Korea Stock Exchange:06657.KS), headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, was established in 1958 and has grown into a global force in electronics, information and communications products with annual total revenues of US $29.9 billion (consolidated). With more than 64,000 employees working in 73 overseas subsidiaries and marketing units around the world, LG Electronics is comprised of four main business companies including Digital Display, Digital Media, Digital Appliance, and Mobile Communications.

LG Electronics’ goal worldwide is to create and enable the intelligent networking of digital products that will make consumers’ lives better than ever. For more information please visit www.lge.com.





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  • LtLeary

    Doing some research on this product as I was drawn to its support for 802.11a. Found out that this is NOT supported yet (there are only 3 adapters supported and all are 802.11G only)

    Makes me really wonder what else is being hyped that isn’t there yet.

    Anyone have any real-world experience with this device?

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    That’s why we like printing the full press release to see things jive in the end.

  • LtLeary

    Such a shame that some companies can’t get their collective acts together. Too much promise and not enough delivery. What is the consumer to do?

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Out of curiosity… why are you leaning towards this device (MSRP $600 — I think) when you can buy a Media Center Extender or Xbox 360 and have it work with your MCE box? Unless you don’t have a PC running MCE, then that would change things a bit.

  • LtLeary

    The idea was to make things more accessable and “user friendly.” I have 6 PCs in the house and tried the PVR / media center route. A few things caused me girief…
    1. Burning to DVD took more time than I liked. PC really couldn’t be used for anything while that was going and even trying to control it via PCAnywhere, required my laptop turned on in the Living Room (quicker to use the VCR and Remote!)
    2, Couldn’t find a good “RF” remote to control the PC from another room (didn’t want the fan/hd noise in the living room.
    3. While my bride is not a “Luddite” she doesn’t like unncessary complications I use the universal remote, she uses discrete components. (The Sony commander couldn’t be used without the lights on and reading glasses found and worn.)
    4.) As stated earlier, PC is in other room, Cable box in Living Room…RF control?
    5.) Ease of TV Programming…While the SnapStream/PVR approach worked for me, it really wasn’t that intuitive for my bride.
    6.) I havent’ seen or heard from actual users of MCEs. Especially wireless. Just reviews but no “real users!” (You would think SOMEONE is buying these as I see them everywhere!)
    7.) No worrying about what format to stream (Mpeg1,2, AVI Divx) for the MCE at hand.
    8.) My Sony DVD Player broke!

    It is not that I want to spend 600 for the device and another 250 forf subscription (I was thinking more of the Pioneer 533/633 but can’t find one at a bick and mortar store yet to see how it works.) If BrightHouse’s DVR had DVD Burners and Network Connectiviy, I would just as soon buy/rent that.

    Based on Past History, whatever I end up getting will probably go the way of my BetaMax, CED, LD, 3BX and 1MP camera all too soon!!

    3.

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Good stuff. I think the reason you don’t hear more about the LG LRM-519 is because it’s in very limited distribution. I checked both PriceGrabber and Shopping.com and only one listing came up. Hopefully it will be available in a wider release soon, or you just spend a little extra now and buy a full-blown MCE set-top PC for your living room. I know it’s not ideal, but hey.

  • LtLeary

    Know of any quiet ones?

  • http://www.alexandergrundner.com Alexander Grundner

    Top picks if you’re on a budget:
    HP’s z500 Digital Entertainment Center
    WinBook PowerSpec MCE 410
    Shuttle XPC Media Center

    * CNET has just posted a write-up on a couple of these

    Feel free to check prices through our price comparison store