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500GB Blu ray HD DPVR To Be Launched By LG

By David Richards | Wednesday | 02/09/2009

EXCLUSIVE: LG is set to enter the digital HD media centre market with a 500GB and 250GB Wi Fi enabled HD Blu ray, digital video recorder. The DLNA enabled player will be launched later today with unlimited fast forward.

The 500GB duel tuner media centre will retail for around $995 while the 250GB version is expected to retail for $849.

The devices will not contain Freeview technology similar to the European models said Warren Kim TV product marketing manager at LG Australia. This will allow users to fast forward content while easily skipping through advertising.

The two models will have digital audio output, high definition video HDMI, an Ethernet jack and Wi-Fi.

Consumers will be able to record two programs simultaneously

The LG MS400 can handle audio files MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, OGG, Photo JPEG, BMP and video MPEG2 / 4 (H.264), MOV, DivX, Xvid and high definition video formats.


It appears that the SATA drives which are FAT32 and NTFS can be easily upgraded to 1 terabyte drives.

According to research group iSuppli the PVR market grew 50% during the past 12 months and is set to grow even further during the next 12 months.  It is also tipped that both Samsung and Telstra are set to enter the DPVR market in 2010.

iSuppli forecast that the market for "Premium boxes — like DVR-enabled set-top boxes and HD products similar to what LG is launching — will grow at a substantially higher rate than the 4.2% level for the overall set-top market in 2009, said Jordan Selburn, principal analyst for semiconductor design and STBs at iSuppli.

Sony is currently talking to local EPG suppliers about content and the use of the new Slimline PS3 as a set top box for delivery of content to Sony Bravia LCD TV's and devices hooked up to the PS3.

In Australia demand for IP enabled set top boxes are growing with iSuppli claiming that global shipments of premium boxes in 2009 will almost doubled to 22.4 million systems. A 28% rise is anticipated in 2010.

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