Netflix has been busy, busy, busy. We already knew that Netflix will be available for Macs by the end of the year and on Xbox Live for Gold members next month, and now they have announced that they are adding TiVo as a partner that already includes LG, Microsoft and Samsung. You will be able to receive movies on your TiVo Series3, TiVo HD or TiVo HD XL. Testing has already begun and the service should be available to all by December.
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LG has unveiled their Scarlet LG80 LCD TV with 3.1 channel virtual surround sound. The speakers slide out of the side automatically when you turn it on. There is also a center channel speaker dedicated to the human vocal range and a woofer on the back. The TV features 1080p HD, a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, and 50W output. There are USB 2.0 and 2 HDMI 1.3 ports. The LG80 will be available this month in Asia and next year in other locations.
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LG’s BD-300 Blu-ray Player is almost here. As we told you back in August, the player up-converts standard DVD to 1080p and allows Netflix subscribers access to over 12,000 titles. You can now pre-order the player from Circuit City for $349.99 and it will begin shipping soon. Amazon offers the BD-300 in price ranges of $379.00 up to $399.95 and says that they are in stock. This is certainly one instance that Amazon is not the bargain site for ordering.
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Canada’s Telus has released the LG KEYBO that comes with a QWERTY for rapid text messages, a 2.0 megapixel cam for images and video, the company’s mobile music with a 1 GB storage card (expandable to 8GB,) and stereo speakers. Obviously trying to appeal to younger consumers, the KEYBO gives email access and will set you back $299.99 with no contract, $249.99 with a 1 year, $99.99 for two, and go for the 3 year and it will only cost you $49.99. As even a bigger incentive, go for the Student 35 plan online before Sept. 30 and receive a $50.00 GAP gift card.
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LG’s latest touchscreen phone, Bikini, features an InteractPad that replaces navigation keys with context-specific virtual keys. The Korean company claims that the keys, being larger and spaced out more, are more flexible than standard ones. The Bikini comes in black or red wine, has a 3mp cam with video, MP3 player, FM radio, and Bluetooth capability. Available in two models, the suggested price should fall between 500,000 (~$482.00) and 600,000 KRW (~$578.00.)
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As most of us know by now, the Iron Man movie with Robert Downey Jr. will be coming out May 2. Here is your chance to win your own 18K gold phone. This version of the LG Shine was on display this week at the CTIA 2008 to help promote the flick. April 15, When the Insidethesuit site launches April 15, you can enter the contest and fill yourself with behind the scene footage if you just can’t wait for the movie to come out. We figure it is worth the entry for no other reason than the resale value of gold these days.
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It seems that everyone is trying to compete with the big Apple. Korean company LG has released its LG-LH2300 Touch Web Phone. It features a 3-inch touchscreen LCD (800 x 480) with a WVGA res. It has a 3 megapixel camera with auto-focus, Internet browsing, a microSD memory card slot, and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity. With its hot key, jog wheel, and T-DMB, multi-media activities will be super-simple. The smartphone will cost ~$650.00 and become available sometime in early April.
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Alltel will be offering LG’s new Glimmer under the name of AX830. Though not as catchy a title, the slider phone has a 2.8” WQVGA (240x400 pixel) touchscreen, a 2.0 megapixel cam with video recording, and a microSD slot. At a size of 4.0 x 2.1 x 0.6-inches and a weight of only 4.5 oz, the Glimmer offers EV-DO support and Bluetooth 2.1 capability. The phone comes with a price of $249.99 with rebates and 2-year contract. Check with
Alltel for availability in your area.
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We couldn’t quite get our hands on the LG Watch Phone concept (and they were stopping all non-press individuals from even taking photos, which always seems strange to us) but we did get to talk to an LG rep about what the concept may evolve into and what features are working already. The screen is gorgeous and they’ve built the system to work with just three buttons, including a jog button of sorts, which lets you scroll easily. The concept sends and receives texts and is currently built to work on GSM but they said they haven’t finalized providers or networks yet, and could easily be made to work on CDMA. No word yet on battery life, but the watch *will* apparently include a built in mic and speaker (for “Dick Tracy”-style communication, ostesibly) but will be primarily for use with Bluetooth. Since this is just a concept, they were also mum on any sort of release date, but LG sounded like sometime this year or early next year would be reasonable.
What’s your opinion on the utility of a watch phone? Would you want something with stripped down functionality like that? (Text messaging would be a nightmare I think, but you could store templates and recall them I suppose.) As a user of the Fossil FX-6001, I absolutely love having my watch integrate with my phone, but it only tells me when I receive a call or text, and who’s calling. And that’s enough for me. I much prefer the phone as a separate device, I think.
Check the video for some close-up shots of the clock on the watch in operation and the nice screen and sleek design.
We know the HD DVD vs. Blu-Ray war is going hot and heavy, and LG looks to capitalize on that with their BH-100 hybrid Blu-ray HD DVD player. If you don’t get it yet, this bad boy can play just about any optical media you can throw at it, supporting DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and HD DVD content as well. Price is a bit steep at $1199 USD, but true videophiles may not even notice when they realize that, for them, the format war no longer exists. The LG Super Multi Blue BH-100 Player officially hits retail stores today, despite being available in small quantities for a little over a week now.
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