LG Electronics today
confirmed that U.S. consumers can now purchase the industry's first dual-
format high-definition (HD) disc player at U.S. retailers.
Unveiled less than a month ago at the 2007 International CES, the LG
"Super Multi Blue" Player (model BH100) is now available at national retail
stores, such as Best Buy, Circuit City and CompUSA, as well as regional
retailers and local dealers.
With LG Electronics' Super Multi Blue Player, consumers now have the
convenience and flexibility of playing both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD high-
definition content. The unit blends both technologies for a
consumer-focused solution to address the challenges and consumer confusion
of the current HD disc format war.
The LG BH100 is the first and only player on the market with the
capability to play both next-generation disc formats, meaning that
consumers no longer have to choose between the two formats.
The new player is ideally suited to LG's expanded lineup of Full HD
1080p plasma and LCD HDTVs -- 14 new models delivering the best video
possible in the highest display resolution format. The BH100 received
multiple honors during the 2007 CES, including CNN's Best of CES, CNET's
Best in Show and Home Video categories and the Popular Mechanics Editor's
In addition to offering Full HD 1080p picture quality from
high-definition discs, the player incorporates interactive functions based
on BD-Java, which allows advanced menus and functions to be displayed over
the video of Blu-ray discs. And, while the same level of advanced menu
interactivity is not available while playing HD DVD discs, the powerful
combination of Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD audio-video playback technologies is
like no other on the market. For consumers' existing DVD libraries, the
player upconverts standard DVDs to 1080i resolution, providing
compatibility with consumers' existing movie libraries while improving the
picture quality of those discs.
The BH100, which outputs 24- and 30-frame-per-second 1080p signals,
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 out, component/composite
video outputs, and optical/coaxial/discrete 5.1 channel audio outputs,
The strikingly designed unit incorporates elegant and easy-to-use
backlit touch sensor buttons along with an ergonomic remote control that
delivers an effortless command of the next-generation home entertainment