The 37LT75 can also tell you when you’ve set a recording that clashes and, even better, look for an alternative timeslot when the show you’re interested in might get repeated. Also on hand is the facility to ‘chase playback’, so that you can continue watching a programme you arrived a few minutes late to while the TV carries on recording it ahead of you.
The only slight disappointment in the 37LT75’s functionality versus a Sky+ box is that it only lets you record one digital tuner at once, not two.
One thing that’s really important to stress about all the 37LT75’s Freeview Playback features is how impressively easy they are to use. Sure, there are one or two small areas regarding the remote and the onscreen menus that could be improved, but for the most part it’s clear that LG has put considerable effort into ensuring that even the most technophobic TV novice will be recording like a good ‘un in no time.
This ease of use factor is, of course, essential. For there’s a very good chance that the likely buyer of a Freeview Playback TV will be a relatively casual AV user; the sort of person only just upgrading from an old analogue TV rather than the sort of person who’s long-subscribed to some kind of Sky package.
That said, LG’s Freeview Playback TVs will also doubtless attract a few people who’ve got Sky+ but who don’t want to keep spending all that monthly cash on their Sky subscriptions.
Moving away from the Freeview Playback system and into other areas of the TV’s features, its core specifications find a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 and a more than respectable claimed contrast ratio of 8,000:1. Obviously this latter feature is dependent on that increasingly ubiquitous LCD TV trick of a dynamic backlight, whereby the lamp output is reduced when dark scenes are detected to boost black level response.
By the way, if you’re feeling disappointed about the lack of full HD resolution on this set, our advice would be to get over it! For actually it makes all kinds of sense for a TV with a focus on Freeview Playback to opt for a 1,366 x 768 resolution, since this is a closer fit to the resolution of standard definition sources than 1,920 x 1,080.