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Here it is! One of the true show-stoppers: the LG BH100 Super Multi Blue player, capable of playing both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs. According to LG, it should be available in February of this year for $1199. It was certainly one of the most talked about items at the show. Seeing as it was announced only the Friday before CES, there was not a ton of time for the device to make the rounds on the Internet before being unveiled. Now that the dust has settled, however, it has been reported that the BH100 cannot actually play any of the HDi interactive content on HD-DVD discs. By specification, an HD-DVD player must be able to do this. So unless LG modifies the unit before launch, they may be in for some legal battles with the DVD Forum. Still, being the first to show a player truly capable of playing both next-gen optical formats got LG a ton of press, buzz, and visitors to their booth...exactly what you want at CES.
Just as exciting to see was the PC version of the product, which adds the ability to burn Blu-Ray discs. I was told this should debut in March of this year for $1199 as well.
LG touts this model AN 100 projector as the "World's First Wall Mounted Type Widescreen Projector". While I am not certain that is true, the picture quality from the unit was surprisingly good.
Not the biggest, but certainly quite eye-catching nonetheless was LG's 102" plasma display.
LG also showed their 100" LCD 1080p display, making them the only booth showing both a plasma and LCD display in sizes greater than 100 inches.
LG definitely had one of the best booths in terms of the "wow-factor" products!