The BD670 is first and foremost a Blu-ray disc spinner, but it’s equipped with a nifty range of networking features that bring lots of extra content to the table – all of which can be accessed wirelessly thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi adapter (802.11a/b/g/n).
LG’s Smart TV portal provides a range of catch-up TV, video streaming and radio applications, including BBC iPlayer, YouTube, vTuner (internet radio), Picasa, Acetrax, Google Maps, AUPEO! radio, Dailymotion and lots more, most of which are of limited interest. Confusingly, these are all grouped under ‘Premium’ despite most of them being free.
A separate area called LG Apps provides another batch of games, puzzles, movies and other curios like ‘Yoga Trainer’ and a colour blindness test, but you need to create an account in order to use them. These unusual apps add real value to the overall proposition – we imagine families with young kids will have a great deal of fun exploring these.
This impressive web offering is joined by DLNA support, allowing you to beam content across your home network from PCs, NAS drives and smartphones. It’s also Wi-Fi Direct compatible, which means you don’t even need to have a router to stream your content, plus the LG Remote feature allows you to download an app to your iPhone/iPod touch or Android phone and use it to control the BD670.
Finally the BD670 can access a Gracenote database that brings up details about any Blu-ray, CD or DVD you load up, and displays the album art while playing. Music ID is designed to look up songs featured in the disc you’re playing, although it has a fairly low success rate.