LG announces three new series of plasma TVs
New offerings include one series with a built-in HD digital video recorder.
LG announced three new series of plasma TVs at their press conference at CES 2007 yesterday: the PC5D series, the PB4D series, and the
The PY3D series is LG's 1080p line of plasma TVs, and consists of both a
LG also introduced the PB4D series, which includes a built-in HD digital video recorder. We've seen this feature previously from LG on the LG 42LB1DR, which we looked at in October and felt was a little lacking. The built-in DVR has a 160GB hard drive, which can handle 14 hours of HD programming or 63 hours of standard-definition programming. Although it doesn't state it explicitly, the press release implies that the sets have a built-in EPG, which might be the TV Guide EPG that was on the 42LB1DR. The PB4D series also offers the ability to display from external high-definition sources via component video inputs, but only in 480p. Unfortunately there's no indication that they've fixed our major beef with these integrated DVRs--it's only possible to record one show in HD at once. The PB4D series consists of three sets: the 42-inch
The PC5D series features two new models, the 42-inch
Along with these series, LG rolled out its flagship 71-inch plasma monitor, the 71PY1M. Of course, the big screen costs big bucks. The 71PY1M will retail for $15,000.