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LG launches plasma TV with hard drive

Out in time for the World Cup

LG is planning a European launch for a 42in plasma display TV capable of recording up to 40 hours of standard digital TV programming in an onboard, 80GB hard drive, the company said today at CeBit.

The 42PC1RR comes equipped with a built-in digital video recorder, so users won't miss their favourite TV programmes or sports events when the phone rings or something else demands their attention for a few minutes. Continuous automatic recording at one-hour intervals ensures viewers won't miss a beat. Users can also pause a programme, rewind and replay live TV, skip adverts or other sections of programmes, or just save shows to watch any time.

The plasma display is aimed at Europe with the hope that the upcoming World Cup will help generate sales for LG. The company plans to launch the TV across Europe by the end of April, with prices varying slightly by country. In Germany, the set will retail for around €2,200 (about £1,500), LG said.

The TV is high-definition-ready, and the convenience of HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) means users need only one cable for all functions instead of separate wires for different functions.


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