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'Full HD' on smaller LCD screens

LG to expand TV range

LG is planning to expand its global line-up of 'full HD' LCD televisions, the company said today.

HD (high-definition) TVs fall into two basic categories: those with 768 horizontal lines and those with 1,080 horizontal lines. The latter offers a higher resolution picture and is known as full HD. Until recently the higher resolution has only been available on sets with large screens. However, as technology improves and prices drop, TV set makers are adding it to smaller-screen models to stay competitive.

LG Electronics currently sells 47in and 55in LCD TVs with full HD resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels and will add sets with 37in and 42in screens, it said.

The full HD models will go on sale first in LG's home market of South Korea and then appear in Europe and the US in the first quarter of 2007. No pricing information has yet been disclosed.

Included in the line-up will be models with built-in digital video recorders. The sets will have 250GB hard-disk drives and continually record two hours of video for immediate playback.


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