Disc Compatibility: The LG BD550 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc
- BD-ROM: Blu-ray discs
such as movies that can be purchased or rented.
- BD-R/RE: BD-R/RE discs
that contain video, music, or photo files.
- DVD-Video: DVD-Video
discs (8cm/12cm) such as movies that can be purchased or rented.
- DVD+/-R (DL): DVD +/-R
discs (8cm/12cm) which contain video, music, or photo files (Video mode and
- DVD+/-RW: DVD+/-RW
discs (8cm/12cm) which contain video, music, or photo files (Video mode and
- CD-Audio: CD-audio
discs (8cm/12cm) which can be purchased.
- CD-R/RW: CD-R/RW discs
(8cm/12cm) that contain music or photo files.
Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code
on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will
not play. The BD550 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.
Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content
System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.
Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a new high-definition
disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution
is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray Disc
discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc
is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p,
1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very
good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal
(not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray
Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed
picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better sound quality: In addition to
the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to
with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby
TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High
Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- Much greater storage capacity: What
makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible
is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs.
A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data,
over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer
Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours
of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video,
plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features
and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Compatibility with your current disc collections:
To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing
library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism:
a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a
conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: As Blu-Ray technology continues
to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will
become available. In order for you to enjoy this new
functionality, you will likely be required to update the
firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become
available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital
video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on
DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is
designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling
a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be
recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition
JPEG Playback: This unit will play JPEG still picture files
recorded onto BD-RE, BD-R, DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD-R, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.
The JPEG file size should be less than 4,000 x 3,000 @ 24-bit/pixel or less than
3,000 x 3,000 @ 32 bit/pixel. The player can recognize up to 2,000 still-image
files and folders. Still images on your disc can be viewed in a Slide-Show, as
well as rotated and zoomed.
MP3/WMA Playback: The BD550 supports MP3/WMA audio files
(8-320 kbps) recorded on BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs recorded
in ISO 9660+Joliet, UDF, or UDF Bridge format.
When stopped and restarted, playback
resumes at the same point as long as the tray hasn't been opened and the player
hasn't been turned off.
Note: This unit does not support ID3 Tags.
Parental Control: The LG BD550 offers Parental Control
settings to limit BD, DVD, and streamed Internet video according to the age of
the users (DVD: 1-8, BD: 0-255). The control settings are protected by a custom
Video Outputs: The LG
BD550 Blu-ray disc player features two high-definition video outputs (HDMI,
Component) and one standard-definition video output (composite).
- HDMI (ver.1.3): The BD550's
HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in
one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be
connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an
HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video
only cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p, or
set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your
- Component Video: The component video resolution
can be set to 480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When a copyright protected DVD is
played, the maximum component video output resolution is 480p.
- Composite Video: The composite output is fixed at 480i.
1080p HDMI Output with DVD Upscaling: Through the HDMI output,
the BD550 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output
options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p (60 Hz video
or 24 Hz), 1080i, 720p, or 480p.
1080p/24Hz: Movies are typically recorded on film with a
frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at
24 frames per second the BD550 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will
accept the 1080p/24 format) with no need for conversion.
Deep Color: The LG Blu-ray player supports a color depth of
up to 12 bits. Connecting the player and a TV that supports Deep Color via HDMI
allows more accurate color reproduction than when connecting it to a TV that
does not support Deep Color.
x.v.Color: The BD550 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready
for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.
TV Aspect Ratio: You can select a TV aspect ratio to match your
television's screen type. You can choose from 16:9 Original, 16:9 Full, 4:3 Pan
& Scan, or 4:3 Letter Box.
Picture Mode: You can adjust the contrast, brightness, color,
sharpness, and noise reduction of the player's video output during playback.
BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture
capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such
as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.
Marker Search: You can start playback from up to nine memorized
Last Scene Memory: This unit memorizes the last scene from the last
disc that is viewed. The last scene remains in memory even if you remove the
disc from the unit or switch off the unit. If you load the disc that has
the scene memorized, the scene is automatically recalled.
Note: The Last Scene Memory function for a previous disc is erased
once a different disc is played.
Multi-View Angle: If the disc contains scenes recorded at different
camera angles, you can change to a different camera angle during playback.
Auto Power Off: The screen saver appears when you leave the player in
Stop mode for approximately 5 minutes. The unit will then automatically turn
itself off after the screen saver is displayed for 25 minutes.
Surround Sound Decoders: The BD550 has built-in Dolby
Digital and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby
TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the
HDMI jack (when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus
was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio
coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby
Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit
stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital
processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless
coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel
surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced
sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High
Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz,
and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has
a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless
compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to
a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
DRC (Dynamic Range Control): When content encoded in Dolby Digital or
Dolby Digital Plus is playing back, you may wish to compress the dynamic range
of the audio output (the difference between the loudest sounds and the quietest
sounds). This allows you to listen to a movie at a lower volume without losing
clarity of sound.
Audio Outputs: The LG
BD550 Blu-ray disc player features two digital audio outputs (HDMI & Coaxial)
and one analog RCA audio output.
Digital Audio Settings: The player offers the following digital audio
- Output Sound Format: Select the output sound format when you
connect the player via a HDMI or coaxial digital connection.
- PCM Stereo: use when connecting this unit's HDMI or coaxial
digital output to a device with two-channel digital stereo decoder
- PCM Multi-Channel (HDMI only): use when connecting this
unit's HDMI output to a device with multi-channel digital decoding
- DTS Re-Encode: use when connect this unit's HDMI or coaxial digital
output to a device with a DTS decoder
- Primary Pass-Thru: use when connecting this unit's HDMI or
coaxial digital output to a device with LPCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby
Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, and DTS-HD decoders
- Sampling Frequency: Select which sampling frequency the digital
audio output uses to match your connected system.
- 192kHz: select this if your AV receiver is capable of
handling 192 kHz signals
- 96 kHz: select this if your AV receiver is not capable of
handling 192 kHz signals; this unit will automatically converts any 192
kHz signal to 96 kHz so your system can decode them
- 48 kHz: select this if your AV receiver is not capable of
handling 192 kHz and 96 kHz signals; the unit will automatically convert
any 192 kHz and 96 kHz signal to 48 kHz so your system can decode them
Digital Output/Surround Mode Chart:
||Dolby Digital Plus
||Dolby Digital TrueHD
|Linear PCM 2ch
||Linear PCM 2ch
|Linear PCM 5.1ch
||Linear PCM 5.1ch
|Linear PCM 7.1ch
||Linear PCM 7.1ch
LAN (100) Port: This player can be connected to a
local area network (LAN) via the unit's LAN port (Ethernet) on the rear
panel. Connect the player's rear panel LAN (100)
terminal to your Internet modem or router using a CAT-5 network cable (Ethernet
cable sold separately) to access select Internet video and music content, or update the
unit's software. A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for wired
connection to this player.
Note: If there is a DHCP server on the local area network (LAN)
via a wired connection, this player will automatically be allocated an IP
address. After making the wired connection, a small number of home networks
may require the player's network settings to be adjusted
USB Port: The BD550 can play music (MP3/WMA) and
photo (JPEG) files contained in a USB device (1.1 or 2.0) from its front-panel USB type-A
port. This unit supports USB flash drives and external HDDs formatted in FAT16,
FAT32, or NTFS. You can also record a desired track or all of the tracks from an
inserted Audio CD to an inserted USB storage device. You can select between a
128kbps, 192kbps, 320kbps, or Lossless encoding format. In addition, a connected USB device can be used for local storage of
Note: Some USB devices may not work with this unit. Digital
cameras, mobile phones, and computers are not supported.
NetCast Entertainment Access: NetCast Entertainment Access brings
select Internet services directly to the LG TV, with no computer required.
NetCast Entertainment allows you to access media directly from your high-speed
broadband connection with exceptional audio and video quality. You can instantly
access movies and TV shows from Netflix, Roxio CinemaNow, and Vudu; as well as
music from Pandora. You can also access news and weather information from Yahoo
Widgets. You can use various content services via the Internet with the NetCast
Entertainment Access feature.
- Roxio CinemaNow: With Roxio CinemaNow, you can get instant access
to pay-per-view movies from major studios from this NetCast enabled Blu-ray
disc player directly to your TV screen. You can find movies of every genre,
along with broadcast and cable television programs. The entire premium
content catalogue can be browsed directly and selections can be watched
instantly. To watch movies and TV episodes instantly from Roxio CinemaNow,
you must have an existing account or create a new account.
- Netflix: You can instantly watch movies and TV episodes from
Netflix streamed over the internet to the Blu-ray player and you connected
television. Your instant Queue will appear on your connected TV via the Blu-ray player, so your selections
are available to watch anytime. You are able to add and manage movies and TV episodes in your
instant Queue from the Netflix website directly on the Blu-ray
player and your connected TV. To
watch movies and TV episodes instantly from Netflix, you must be a Netflix
- Vudu: You can browse, search, and view movies and TV episodes
from Vudu streamed over the internet to your TV via the LG Blu-ray disc
player. Vudu offers major studio movie releases in Full HD 1080p with Dolby
Digital Plus sound. You can manage and select Vudu content directly from the
Blu-ray player and your connected TV. To watch movies and TV episodes instantly from Vudu, you
must have a Vudu account.
- YouTube: You can browse, search, and watch YouTube videos over
the internet to your TV via the LG Blu-ray disc player.
- Pandora: You can instantly listen to personalized radio stations,
streamed over the internet from Pandora via the LG Blu-ray player. You can
create stations by entering your favorite artist or song. After entering,
Pandora offers you a radio station featuring that music and more like it. If
you don't already have a Pandora account, you will need to create one. You
can add more than one Pandora User account to this player. Everyone in your
household can create their own Pandora accounts, so they can create and
listen to their own stations.
- Picasa Web Albums: Enjoy photo albums from friends and family on
the Picasa on-line service. Images can be displayed as thumbnails,
slide-shows, rotated, and zoomed. You will need an active Picasa account.
- AccuWeather: See on-line local and global weather forecasts from
- Yahoo! TV Widgets: Yahoo! Widgets lets you access popular web
services and entertainment without changing the channel.
Note: Internet connection and subscription required and sold
separately. Vudu & Pandora is not available in Canada and only supported in
the United States. A recommended minimum connection speed of 1.5 to 2.25 Mbps is
required. For the best quality picture, a connection speed of 4.0 to 9.0
Mbps is required. The content of NetCast services and service related
information, including user interface, is subject to changes. Please refer
to the website of each service for most up-to-date information.
Gracenote Metadata Service: The player can access the
Gracenote Media Database and load the music information so the Track name,
Artist name, Genre, and other text information can be displayed on your
Note: Requires Internet connectivity. Some disc titles may not be
supported by the Gracenote service.
BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream
bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and
more from a broadband Internet and home network connections (fees may apply). The
LG Blu-ray player features an Ethernet port to connect to the Internet via your
home network and features front-panel USB port for additional storage.
Multi-brand Remote: The supplied remote operates this unit
and a LG TV's power on/off, input select, and volume up/down. The remote is
also pre-programmed with power, input, channel, and volume controls for several other
SIMPLINK: Some functions of the LG BD550 are controlled by the TV's
remote control when this unit is connected to a SIMPLINK compatible LG TV via
HDMI. Controllable functions by a compatible LG TV's remote control: Play,
Pause, Scan, Skip, Stop, Power Off, etc..