CinemaNow Offering Same-Day Instant Access to New Release Movies and TV Shows

LG BD390Best Buy, the new owner of CinemaNow, is announcing today that CinemaNow (like Blockbuster) will provide users with movies via 'net-connected devices the same day their corresponding DVDs are released. What's more, CinemaNow will be available on all new LG Blu-ray players and HDTVs with LG's NetCast Entertainment Access starting this month and will soon be [...]

Skype-Enabled TV Ecosystem Keeps On Growing

Samsung Skype-Enabled HDTVIt was just last month at CES when Skype announced its partnerships with LG Electronics and Panasonic to deliever Skype-enabled TVs to the market. Today Samsung is announcing that all Samsung LED 7000 and 8000 series HDTVs will be Skype-enabled as well. While TVs may be "Skype-enabled", all current models require the purchase of a [...]

LG Intros the N2R1 NAS with Built-In Wi-Fi and DVD Re-Writer

LG N2R1 with Cover OpenIt's about time a CE manufacture thought: "Hey, wouldn't it be nice if our NAS had Wi-Fi and a DVD burner built-in?" Congrats, LG, I wholeheartedly agree. LG's new N2R1 NAS in 1TB ($299) and 2TB ($399) configurations is an attention grabber. The N2R1 can be configured in RAID 0/1, transfer files over 802.11g (sorry [...]

VUDU Expands Service to LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Player

LG BD390Off the heels of its recent availability announcement on network-enabled LG and Mitsubishi HDTVs, VUDU today says that owners of LG's BD390 Network Blu-ray Player [Amazon] will be able to tap into their on-demand HD (1080p, Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound) movie service via the device's menu UI by month's end. The VUDU service [...]

LG Demonstrates a 3D Version of Their LH50 LCD HDTV

LG LH50 3D HDTVWe reported earlier this week that LG's LH50 (LCD) and PS80 (Plasma) HDTV models were now capable of streaming Netflix movies without the need of a PC or set-top box. Today LG in Korea previewed their new 3D HDTV experience on the LH50. Unfortunately, it's unclear by the Babel Fish translation of the Korean press [...]

LG Delivers the First Broadband HDTVs to Natively Stream Netflix Movies

LG Broadband HDTV with Netflix StreamingThere's been lots of talk of Netflix streaming being delivered through game consoles, dedicated set-top boxes, and networked Blu-ray movie players of late, but now we finally have the first HDTVs available to consumers today from LG that are capable of doing this as well. According to the LG's press release, the 42/47-inch LCD LH50 [...]

LG BD390 Network Blu-ray Disc Player Featuring 802.11n and DivX HD Playback Now Available

LG BD390If you've been holding out on buying a Blu-ray disc player or just waiting for one that included both network connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi, then wait no longer. LG's new BD390 is now the hands-down hottest device of its type on the market (MSRP $450). What makes it so great? Well, for starters, it's the [...]

Intel and Yahoo! Bring Their TV Widget Technology to Life in a Big Way At CES 2009

Yahoo! TV Widgets Partners ScreenshotSure we've started seeing a crop of "Connected HDTVs" making the news this month, but the real winner here is the Yahoo! Widget Engine and Intel's system-on-a-chip (Media Processor CE 3100) which provides the TV's processing power to handle all the various interactive media application services. In other words, all future HDTVs supporting TV Widgets [...]