Long regarded by AV-holics as the cheap(ish) Blu-ray player of choice, LG's BD390 brought a whole wealth of extra functionality to the format, with full DLNA-compliance, media streaming, net access and more. Now the company has released the BD570, a deck with essentially the same DNA, but with a sleeker build and a smaller price tag.
Like its predecessor, it plays Blu-rays (naturally), but also has access to LG's NetCast system via its in-built Wi-Fi or Ethernet port. This provides content from sources such as YouTube, Accuweather and Picasa. Plus, it can stream all manner of video and music files stored on a PC or NAS drive remotely, including tricky HD filetypes such as MKV and DivX HD. The same files can also be played from a USB memory stick or external hard drive.
As a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray deck, the LG BD570 is fully compatible with BD-Live content, and is available in stores now for approximately £230 (we've found it even cheaper online).