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LG HR939M Review



  • Built-in Wi-Fi and capacious hard disk
  • Attractive onscreen presentation
  • Blu-ray picture quality


  • Awful SD Freeview pictures
  • Can’t record two channels and watch a third
  • Limited catch-up TV content

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £349.00
  • 1TB hard-disk drive
  • Dual Freeview HD tuners
  • LG Smart TV
  • DLNA media streaming
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

What is the LG HR939M?

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.


LG HR939M – Design

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.


LG HR939M – Connections

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).