LG refreshes its Blu-ray HTIB lineup

LG has announced its new Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box lineup, with a couple system featuring the Smart TV platform available on the company's Blu-ray players and TVs.

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LAS VEGAS--Along with its flagship Blu-ray home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) system, LG also announced its updated line of Blu-ray HTIBs, consisting of three new models, the LHB536, LHB336 and LHB326.

All three are 5.1 systems, each with 1100 total watts. The features breakdown is as follows:

LHB536: 3D, Smart TV, built-in Wi-Fi, iPod/iPhone dock, DLNA

LHB336: 3D, Smart TV, Wi-Fi ready (requires separate adapter, sold separately), iPod/iPhone dock, DLNA

LHB326: Netflix, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube streaming, Wi-Fi ready (adapter included)

Smart TV is the name of LG's streaming media suite this year, which includes all the same streaming-media services found on last year's LG products (Netflix, Vudu, Pandora, YouTube, CinemaNow) and also adds Hulu Plus, Amazon VOD, NHL GameCenter, NBA Game Live and MLB.TV. LG will also have its own applications store, enabling you to download new apps for your Blu-ray player. Note that the LHB326 doesn't feature Smart TV, instead having a more limited selection of streaming services.

LG has not announced pricing or release dates for any of these models, so we'll have to wait to see how they compare with the competition.