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CEDIA Bright Spots: Blu-ray and Internet Connectivity

DENVER - The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) held their fall show at the Denver Convention Center September 3-7. Among the highlights of the show were new Blu-ray players and a focus on Internet connected boxes for video content.

This reporter was there to see what was happening as the home theater installers and vendors are preparing for the holiday season and more movement to high definition television -- all amidst the looming DTV transition in February.

iPO will report on the event in more detail in separate articles, but it appeared to this reporter that not a lot has changed on the HDTV side. There were some 11 inch OLED TVs in the Sony booth, for about US$2,500, and LED backlit LCD TV’s continue to move into product lines. However, one of the exciting mew items at the show was the LG Blu-ray player with built-in Ethernet and an easy connection to Netflix.

LG BD300 Blu-ray Player + Netflix

The LG BD300 will go on sale in October for US$399, and will allow customers to manage a separate Netflix queue of up to 500 movies. While the queue is actually managed from a PC or a Mac, it can be viewed and movies selected on HDTV screen. From the Netflix library of about 90,000 titles, there are about 12,000 that can be streamed to the LG Blu-ray player.

The LG Blu-ray player is a compelling unit and an interesting addition to other Internet access systems such as the Apple TV, Sony Bravia Internet Video Link, TiVo, and Vudu -- all of which are making slow but steady strides improving their products and video offerings. [Apple did not have a booth at CEDIA.]

Manufacturers who make Blu-ray players were asked about this kind of competition from LG, especially as a way to boost interest in Blu-ray in general, but none offered any plans or secrets. However, it’s a good bet that they’re watching LG’s BD300 carefully to see if the Netflix connectivity gives LG a real edge in player sales.

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