LG has launched what it is claiming is the World's first plasma HDTV with an integrated HD-DVR in it.

The television, which will be available in 50in and 60in models, will feautre a 160Gb HD-DVR. The new Digital Cable Ready plasma HDTVs feature has the capability of storing up to 13 hours of digital high-definition programming or 63 hours of digital standard-definition programming.

The new widescreen plasma-DVRs incorporate an automatic time-shift feature, that continuously records in one-hour intervals. Other features include slow motion rewind and forward capabilities and instant replay.

The new TV features LG's fifth-generation ATSC VSB/QAM tuner, which receives terrestrial digital HDTV and unscrambled digital cable, as well as analogue broadcast and cable tuners. Designed to receive digital HDTV programming and premium cable services without the need for a set-top box, these Digital Cable Ready plasmas are built around industry-standard CableCARDs available from cable operators.

These units also integrate 9-in-2 multi memory card readers (CF/MD/SD/SMC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/MS Pro Duo/xD), allowing users to view still images and listen to digital music, such as MP3 files, through the display. Combined with the DVR, users can store digital photos or music from their digital camera or MP3 player onto the hard drive via nine different formats of memory cards, files that can further be organised and saved for future viewing and listening. The DVR also is capable of creating a music photo album, allowing for stored photos to be accompanied with music in a slide show.

HDMI with HDCP, IEEE 1394 with DTV Link, flexible picture-in-picture (PIP), picture-outside-picture (POP) and split-screen options enhance the viewing experience.