January 06, 2010
| by Stephen Hopkins
LG Electronics released its new BD590 flagship Blu-ray Player at CES 2010 in Las Vegas.
The LG BD590 is using hard drive storage to distinguish it from the pack. With a 250GB hard drive capable of storing music, photos, and online video content (purchased Vudu movies), the BD590 builds on the popular BD390 and aspires to act more as a media hub than basic Blu-ray player.
Streaming video content comes in the form of Netflix (with updated interface), Vudu, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Picasa, and AccuWeather. Internet connection is supplied through either wired Ethernet or internal 802.11n WiFi.
CD music is ripped directly to the HDD with metadata provided by the Gracenote MusicID-Stream.
Two other lower-end models, the BD570 and BD550, join in with similar specs. The BD570 drops the flagship’s hard drive, and the BD550 also drops the 802.11n WiFi.
All three players are Profile 2.0 with built-in decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio. Price and availability have not yet been released.
Stephen Hopkins is chief technology editor for EH Publishing. He writes product reviews, features, and focuses heavily on 3D TV, iPhone and iPad apps, and digital content.