LG officially introduced its second-generation LG Super Blu Player
Sporting both formats' logos, LG's new high-def player is capable of
Blu-ray disc and HD DVD playback with BD-Java and HDi interactivity.
LG's Super Blu Player will be available to U.S. consumers and custom
installers in mid-October at a suggested retail price of $999.
Seven months ago, LG was the first to launch a dual-format high-def
disc player, the BH100.
"LG introduced the world's first high-definition dual-format player
to focus on consumer needs and to end the confusion caused by the
current format war," said Allan Jason, vice president of consumer
electronics marketing at LG Electronics USA, Inc.
The Super Blu Player offers increased HDTV entertainment choices,
because it can play 50 to 60 percent more high-def movie titles than
either single-format player. With full networked interactivity
available from selected HD DVDs, and the capability to handle
networked "BD-Live" interactivity in forthcoming Blu-ray discs, it
is the latest available technology that plays both disc formats.
Viewers can enjoy advanced options such as "Picture-in-Picture"
available from many Blu-ray discs as well as HDi web-connected
interactivity available from many HD DVDs. Access to these features
enables viewing of storyboards, production videos and director's
commentary as the movie is playing, as well as accessing up-to-date
information. The Super Blu Player also accepts additional
entertainment content via a network connection.
In addition to supporting the latest high-def disc technologies, the
Super Blu Player supports audio CDs and the ability to up-scale
standard DVDs to 1080p resolution.
The LG Super Blu Player, which can output up to 1080p video
resolution at 24-, 30- and 60-frames-per-second, supports various
A/V formats, including MPEG-2, VC-1, H.264 video, MPEG1/2 audio,
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital+, DTS and DTS-HD audio. The unit also
includes multiple inputs/outputs such as HDMI 1.3 out,
component/composite video outputs, digital optical and analog audio
outputs as well as a LAN Ethernet port for network interactivity.
The player also accomodates an DMI 1.3 Deep Color video output and
features QDEO video processing for superior up-scaling accuracy up
The new Super Blu Player incorporates LG's SimpLink connectivity
solution, enabling easier control of other LG SimpLink compatible
equipment. The units are connected with an HDMI cable and use the
HDMI-CEC communication standard. This allows the user to control
other components on-screen or directly from each component. The
BH200 also is equipped with a USB Media Host for easy access to
digital music and photo libraries.