It’s LG’s ‘hero’ product around the world, but the company’s flatscreen TV with built-in PVR won’t be coming to the UK – at least not yet.
At the brand’s UK Trade Show, James Atkins, Marketing Manager for brown goods, said: “It was offered to the UK but I had to turn it down. The problem was the screen wasn’t going to have a built-in Freeview tuner. In the rest of Europe, it’s not such a problem. There’s still some demand for analogue TV tuner products, but here in the UK the market is much more advanced. I told Korea that until they can offer a Freeview solution, we wouldn’t be ranging it.”
The lack of Freeview integration is currently a major problem for LG UK, with precious few products sporting the increasingly important digital feature. According to Atkins: “We’re about a year behind most other major brands.”
Amongst the new products shown at the trade-only event were the PY2R series plasma TVs, available in 50 and 60 inch sizes and the new 42PC1D (pictued above).
All incorporate the second iteration of the company’s XD Engine picture processing technology. The 42 inch screen also has the brand’s ‘Clear Filter’ which replaces plasma’s traditional thick glass filter with single thin film filter, eliminating reflection, glare, double imaging and dramatically reduces the weight of the screens. Pioneer already uses a similar technology.
Panel resolution on the 42PC1D is 1024×768 and connectivity includes double HDMI inputs. The PY2R series have 1366 x 768 glass. All TVs have analogue tuners.
The brand’s upcoming LC2D LCD screens (pictured above) at least ship with Freeview as standard. Included are 32, 37 and (by the end of the year) 47 inch models.
Features include XD-Engine and LG’s Eye Intelligence technology, which senses the amount of ambient light in the room and automatically adjusts the screens contrast, brightness and sharpness. Resolution is 1366 x 768.
The brand is expanding its range of DVD recorders. Top of the range is the RH200MH (pictured below) which includes a 250Gb hard drive and ‘super-multi’ drive, compatible with all available DVD recording formats: DVD-RAM, DVD+RW/+R, DVD-RW/-R and DVD+R Double Layer. It unit also has a memory card reader. The unit can even record in MPEG4 to the hard drive – but the tuner is analogue.