LG Expands Streaming for Blu-ray Player30 Dec, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
LG Electronics inked new streaming deals with CinemaNow and YouTube, expanding its entertainment content beyond Netflix’s library of 12,000 standard and high-definition titles.
The new networked BD players will be unveiled at the 2009 International CES confab Jan. 8 to 11 in Las Vegas.
The Korean manufacturer earlier this year was the first to incorporate Netflix streaming via a Blu-ray player. Samsung Electronics included Netflix in its BD-2500 and BD-2550 units later this year.
CinemaNow — recently acquired by Sonic Solutions — claims to offer more than 14,000 titles from major studios, broadcast and cable TV shows, in addition to 250 independent film titles and music videos from all major labels.
The players also feature enhanced searching, thumbnail previews and multiple screen size viewing options, key to navigating YouTube’s mammoth library of user-generated and professional content.
“LG is bridging the gap between packaged media and video-on-demand services to provide entertainment solutions for consumers' demand for content," said Tim Alessi, director of product development, LG Electronics USA. "With these new alliances, LG continues its innovation leadership by allowing consumers easy access to multiple entertainment options in one device.”