LG BD570 review



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Built-in Internet applications can now be found on a growing number of Blu-ray players from the likes of Sony, Panasonic and Samsung, but it was LG that set the ball rolling in early 2009. The BD370 was the first player to use its Ethernet connection for something other than BD Live downloads or software upgrades, allowing you to stream videos from YouTube.

Since then, LG has added a couple of other sites and grouped them under the NetCast moniker, as well as introducing built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA media streaming on the BD390. At the same time, LG’s rivals have been upping the stakes with their own ‘on-demand’ web portals and other juicy networking features, turning the current Blu-ray player market into a fascinating technological playground.

LG’s latest gambit is the BD570, which like the BD390 is equipped with an enviable arsenal of wireless networking and multimedia features. It sits in LG’s range just below the 3D-ready BX580 but above the cheaper BD560, which lacks Wi-Fi and DLNA support.

The BD570 is an immensely attractive player, with a dark translucent flap across the entire fascia that covers up the buttons, USB port and disc tray. This flap is framed by a glinting silver trim that adds a subtle touch of elegance to the overall design. Also pleasing is the sturdy aluminium casing and its wonderfully slim measurements.

The only notable omission on the back panel is multichannel analogue audio outputs, everything else is present and correct. There’s an HDMI output (version 1.3) that you can connect to a TV or AV receiver, plus a set of component outputs for old-school TVs and projectors. Optical and coaxial digital audio outputs provide alternative ways of sending Dolby Digital or DTS bitstreams to an amp, and these are joined by composite and analogue stereo outputs. Completing the line-up is an Ethernet port for those who don’t have a wireless router, or prefer the stability of a wired Internet connection.

But thanks to its built-in support for the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard (as well as b and g), the wireless connection is pretty stable too. Using this or the Ethernet port, you can access the afore-mentioned NetCast feature, which includes YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather.com. These three sites aren’t really going to get people frothing at the mouth with excitement – especially when compared with the superb selection of content on Sony’s BRAVIA Internet Video – but the feature is gorgeously presented with full-colour animated graphics and operates smoothly.


July 30, 2010, 1:54 pm

I would love more information about the DLNA streaming of MKV's.

Is it as good as a O!Play or WDTV Live?


July 30, 2010, 3:56 pm

@ TechnicPuppet. I have an LG50pk590 and the multimedia support on it is a like for like comparison of the BD570. In fact I believe the media support is largely unchanged since the 3XX series. The video codec support is immense, even that they support VOB playback. However it is very pushy about AAC audio beyond stereo. In the end I had to drop the cash on the WDTV Live rather than re-encode all those files again. Also netcast is pathetic, I never ever got youtube to work.


July 30, 2010, 4:58 pm

@ Scump

Thanks for that, back to the drawing board then. Why are these manufacturers incapable of releasing a Blu Ray player than can do exactly what a £70 streamer can do?


July 30, 2010, 5:47 pm

@ TechnicPuppet. I feel your pain. I think to guarantee full media playback an investment in a Atom/Ion based nettop might be the more reliable albeit expensive option. However like the Danny Phillips said, the Sony BD-570 is a better alternative. I have a mate who has the Sony BD-470 (New firmware made it 3D ready). It doesn't have wireless in the box but it playbacks most high profile AAC audio codecs in any container you can throw at it locally or over a home network. Also the Bravia online video portal is fantastic for BBC iPlayer and its pretty good at the Lovefilm streaming. Plus it's in the same price range, worth having a look if you're after an all-in-one solution like myself. I wish LG would take their online offering a little more seriously in the UK and perhaps issue a firmware update once in a blue moon for their hardware.


July 31, 2010, 1:19 am

@ TechnicPuppet

I have the LG BD570, and no... it's not as extensive in supporting all sorts of media as a WDTV Live or O!Play, but specifically streaming mkv's - that it does very well, even embedded subtitles are supported, something the BD390 didn't do. DTS works, as does 24p playback. As long as you stick to Avi's, Vobs and MKVs, this can easily replace a WDTV Live in my opinion.


July 31, 2010, 1:24 am

I suppose you have to remember that multimedia support is quite a new feature on Blu-ray players (was it introduced on the last generation?), and will only improve with time.

I have the LG BD370 and have received a steady stream of firmware updates over the past year, so perhaps LG aren't too bad. Agree though, that they lag behind in offering extra services. Samsung are also behind in this regard too - they're supposed to have Lovefilm and iPlayer on their new Blu-ray machines but, as of yet, they've not been enabled.


July 31, 2010, 2:12 am

How does this compare to the older BD390? Forgetting price differences which is the better model?


August 1, 2010, 5:32 pm

I have BD390 and it chokes on more recent encodes. Producing blocky artifacts. Never mind that it won't play embedded subtitles over network (something the 570 corrects). BD390 reduced to mere Blu Ray and DVD player. I splashed on ASRock 330HT and installed XBMC Live. It plays everything, including mounting ISO backups of DVD. Worth it, IMHO.


August 3, 2010, 12:52 pm

I am using an Acer Revo at the moment but was thinking about making it a Windows Home Server and getting a streamer or Blu Ray Player. Need to be a streamer by the looks of it.

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