LG Unveils Streaming Blu-ray Player
LG Electronics Thursday unveiled the BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc player, billed as the world’s first with the ability to stream movies directly to a TV.
The player is slated to ship in the fall at what LG vice president of sales and marketing for Digital Media and New Products Allan Jason says will be “somewhere under $500.” It is Netflix Instant Streaming-ready, meaning it can access and play 12,000 near-DVD-quality movie titles by virtue of a partnership between Netflix and LG. The player will come with a free two-week trial subscription to Netflix, and buyers can continue the subscription by choosing from eight pricing plans that begin at $8.99 monthly for the base plan. The Netflix system also permits the storage of up to 500 streamable titles in a “personal queue” to be accessed at will by the movie viewer.
Jason described the Full 1080p BD300 as a “premium deck” that can upscale standard DVDs and also carries the BD-Live and Bonus View features of the latest Blu-ray technology incarnation.