It’s a Blu-ray player and Freeview PVR packed into a single box, boasting a massive 1TB hard-disk drive, twin Freeview HD tuners and 3D Blu-ray playback. It’s also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi plus internet content and DLNA media streaming. There’s some stiff competition in this sector from the likes of Panasonic and Samsung, so let’s see where LG fits in.
The HR939M is an attractive and robustly built deck, styled in black all over with surprisingly slim bodywork and a snazzy sloping front panel. The glossy black fascia is embedded with a row of hard buttons (not touch sensitive) shaped into their respective icons, next to which is a tiny panel which only has room to display the time. On the right-hand side is a USB port, tidily hidden away under a flap which is used for music, video and photo playback from flash memory drives.
The rear panel is populated by an RF input and loopthrough, a HDMI output, a second USB port, optical digital audio output and an Ethernet port. The only omission is a Scart output for old-school archivists who like to make DVDs from hard-disk recordings, otherwise it offers everything you’d expect. The USB port is designed for those who want to connect an external hard-disk drive for extra Freeview recording space (it would look a bit scruffy plugged in the front port).