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LG Introduces Plasma HDTVs with HD Digital Recorders
May 4, 2005
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LG Electronics introduced what the company claims is the world's first plasma integrated high-definition televisions (HDTVs) with a built-in high-definition digital video recorder (HD-DVR).

Available in 50- and 60-in models, the PY2DR series feature a plasma HDTV combined with a 160-GB HD-DVR capable of recording up to 13 hr of digital HD programming or 63 hr of digital standard-definition programming.

“We are excited to bring the next generation of HDTV innovation to consumer entertainment enthusiasts, who are increasingly passionate about controlling all aspects of their viewing experience, from when and what they watch, to the styling and functionality of their equipment,” said JM Lee, president, consumer electronics, LG Electronics USA, Inc.

The new widescreen plasma-DVRs incorporate an automatic time-shift feature, which continuously records in 1-hr intervals. Other features include slow motion rewind and forward capabilities and instant replay.

The sets feature LG's fifth-generation ATSC VSB/QAM tuner, which receives terrestrial digital HDTV and unscrambled digital cable, as well as analog broadcast and cable tuners. The units also integrate 9-in-2 multi-memory card readers, allowing users to view still images and listen to digital music through the display. The DVR also is capable of creating a music photo album, allowing for stored photos to be accompanied with music in a slide show.

The PY2DR series is driven by LG's XD EngineTM technology, which reportedly improves the low resolution of analog signals to near high-definition levels by improving brightness, contrast, detail, and enhancing color as well as reducing signal noise. The units feature a 5000:1 contrast ratio and 1,000 candellas per-sq-m.

The PY2DR series comes complete with a built-in stand and speakers. The LG 60PY2DR and the LG 50PY2DR are available with an MSRP of U.S. $14,999 and $7,999, respectively.

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