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LG BD570 - Features and Menus

By Danny Phillips



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Another trick up the LG’s sleeve is Home Link, which allows streaming of movies, music and photos from PCs, NAS drives and other DLNA-certified AV gear on your home network. Unlike some players, however, LG doesn’t limit you to common formats like DivX, MP3 and JPEG – it’ll also stream MKV, DivX HD, WMA, H.264, AVC, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (PS and TS) and AAC.

Alternatively you can shove a storage device or external HDD (FAT16, FAT32 or NTFS) into the USB port and play the above file types, plus you can even rip audio CD tracks onto a connected USB device in the quality of your choosing – 128kbps, 192kbps, 320kbps or lossless. And don’t worry about tagging your tracks, as the deck does it automatically when you load the CD using the online Gracenote Media Database.

That’s the party tricks covered, but it’s worth remembering that the BD570 also does all the less glamorous donkey work, such as decoding HD audio soundtracks into multichannel PCM (or delivering them as a straight bitstream via HDMI), upscaling standard-def DVDs to 1080p and outputting Blu-rays in their native 24p frame rate. BD Live content can be accessed wirelessly, although you’ll need to connect a USB device in order for it to work.

The onscreen presentation is a lot fussier than Sony’s or Panasonic’s, but there’s no denying how stunning it looks. The Home menu has had a dramatic revamp and is bursting with innovation – it’s designed to look like a tank of water, with each of the icons bobbing up and down within a glimmering block of ice. When you highlight one it juts forward, while animated bubbles float up from the bottom of the screen.

The setup menu is a simpler affair but still easy on the eye, while the various menus for searching network content are tidily presented using Windows-aping yellow folders and a straightforward structure. What a pity then that all of these menus are sluggish, with the cursor pausing a moment too long when you press the remote.

It’s a shame because a lot of thought has gone into the gloss-black remote’s design, with a large cluster of buttons in the middle governing the most-used features, with other well-labelled keys lined up around them in a sensible formation.

Hit Display while watching a movie and an eye-catching menu appears on the left containing information about the disc (selected audio track, chapter, subtitles etc) and provides access to a simple array of picture adjustments. There are three presets (Standard, Vivid and Movie) plus a user-defined mode that lets you alter brightness, colour, contrast, sharpness and noise reduction.


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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