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LG BP-730

3D Blu-ray player with 4K upscaling and Wi-Fi®

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Item # 689BP730

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Our take on the LG BP-730

Get ready for the Ultra HD revolution with LG's BP-730. With 4K TVs now on the market, make sure your Blu-ray player is prepared. With or without 4K, the BP-730 delivers stunning detail for both 3D and standard Blu-ray discs as well as improving the look of those old DVDs. Plus you can tap into a wide variety of Internet movie services, including Netflix®, HuluPlus™, YouTube™, Vudu® and lots of others.

The future of video

Get ready for the Ultra HD revolution with LG's BP-730. With 4K TVs now on the market, make sure your Blu-ray player is prepared. With or without 4K, the BP-730 delivers stunning detail for both 3D and standard Blu-ray discs as well as improving the look of those old DVDs. Plus you can tap into a wide variety of Internet movie services, including Netflix®, HuluPlus™, YouTube™, Vudu® and lots of others.

With the BP-730's Wi-Fi connectivity, it's easy to enjoy the benefits of streaming video from any room in the house. And with Wi-Fi Direct™, you can send music, video, and photos wirelessly to this player from a compatible smartphone. Have a Miracast™-compatible phone? The '730 can mirror its screen so no one has to huddle around your phone's screen to check out photos or videos.

Headphone listening through your smartphone

Ever struggle to understand dialogue while keeping the volume down during late-night movie viewing? If only there were an easy way to listen through headphones without a long cord tethering you to your player. Now there is, thanks to LG's Private Sound mode. Private Sound lets you send audio from the player directly to your smartphone with LG's free AV Remote app for Apple® and Android™. So you can plug in your headphones and hear every word of dialogue clearly without worrying about explosive sound effects waking up your kids. Requires connection to a wireless network.

Easy navigation through a wide range of choices

The BP-730's front-panel USB port is a great way to listen to digital music through your home theater speakers. It's also perfect for showing photo slide shows on your HDTV or connecting a wireless USB keyboard (not included) for surfing the 'net with the built-in web browser. You can even rip CDs to thumb drives for use with other devices like a car stereo. All these features are easy and fun to explore thanks to LG's intuitive on-screen guide. And the AV Remote app gives you easy control from your smartphone or tablet. It's a great way to navigate between the BP-730's apps, for when you're finished watching a movie on Netflix and feel like listening to some music with Pandora®.

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and rewriteable discs
  • built-in Wi-Fi — plays movies and shows from streaming services including Netflix, YouTube, and HuluPlus (subscription required for some services)
  • 4K video upscaling for use with Ultra HD TVs
  • stream photos, videos, and music from a compatible DLNA-enabled computer
  • send audio from a Blu-ray movie to your smartphone wirelessly for headphone listening with Private Sound mode
  • Wi-Fi Direct-compatible for streaming music, video, and photos from a compatible smartphone without a wireless network
  • BD-Live-ready for downloadable bonus content with compatible discs (requires USB storage device)
  • Miracast™-compatible — screen-mirroring with Miracast-compatible smartphones and tablets
  • rip audio CDs onto a thumb drive via the USB port
  • SimpLink-compatible for controlling with LG TV remotes
  • on-board web browser
  • front-panel USB port is compatible with wireless keyboard and mouse (not included) for easier web surfing
  • free LG AV Remote app for Apple® and Android™ lets you control the player with your smartphone or tablet
  • includes LG Magic Remote
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p and 4K, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • HDMI output (cable not included)
  • front-panel USB port for use with external hard drives and thumb drives
  • optical digital audio output
  • Ethernet port for wired Internet connection
  • 16-15/16"W x 1-7/16"H x 9-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • Magic Remote (M4-Media)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • NFC Tag-On sticker
  • Owner's Manual/Nero MediaHome 4 Essentials CD-ROM
  • Simple Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • "How to register the Magic remote control" note
  • Netflix brochure

LG BP-730 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Excellent 5 stars

McVeigh from Central Florida on 10/2/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Does everything as advertised. Apparently the the battery discharge problem with the magic remote has been fixed. This is an excellent device.

Pros: Many features and all work flawlessly.

Cons: None

Super clean HD DVD

BarbarianSS from MN on 9/10/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Super easy set up great video playback



Blueray Player

snugulupicus from Bakersfield,CA on 1/13/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

GREAT PLAYER! Would purchase again!

Pros: Works great!

Cons: None at this time.

Random Freezing, Bad Remote

MikeL from Houston, TX on 1/12/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Movies freeze randomly during playback. Menu screen jambs. HORRIBLE remote. Should have bought stock in Duracell with the amount of batteries I've replaced. Cross LG off the list of bluray players.

Pros: ?

Cons: Everything

What's this remote about!

J. Nick from Wichita, KS on 1/4/2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Easy hookup, 3 D is great. Remote is a joke



Bad Remote

Rick from Houston, Tx on 7/29/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Nice player with crisp picture and nice features. However, remote is extremely clumsy and absolutely EATS batteries. I purchased it for a vacation home and set it up on a Sunday evening then went home. I returned the next weekend and the batteries were toast.


Cons: Remote is terrible.

Magic Motion Remote on LG Blu-Ray BP730

Non-Techy from San Francisco, CA on 7/23/2013

I really like the Blu-Ray itself, but the Magic Motion remote is horrible. I returned the first Blu-ray because I thought it was malfunctioning. Turns out, the batteries on the remote were dead--although I had just changed them the day before! It's enough to pull your hair out! Why sell a sophisticated machine with such a crappy remote?! I'm sending this back.

Pros: Nice picture quality

Cons: Bad remote


Ed from Sedona on 7/11/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

It was not easy to get it up and running. Difficult to connect to Netflix; took several attempts and a work-around. Was OK after the hours it took to set up until the remote failed. The problem there appears to be a short circuit. The batteries last 24 hours. LG has promised a replacement but their customer service has thus far been unable to confirm shipment. In the meantime the work-around has been to remove and replace the batteries each time I use it. I have to add I have had nothing but trouble with LG's BD670, and am not likely to buy from LG again.

Pros: None

Cons: Buggy, hard to set up, shipped with defective remote.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD No
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix,Hulu,Vudu,YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified Audio
Smartphone App Control Yes
DVD Video Upconversion 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4
Ethernet Ports 1
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

Product Research

Disc & USB Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
Network/Internet Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc & USB Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The LG BP730 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a 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.
  • 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.
  • Backward Compatible: 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: 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 player is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Firmware Updates: 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. Occasionally, LG may release updated firmware for this unit that may add or improve the way a feature operates. These updates are available free of charge. This unit is capable of checking the firmware automatically when connected to the Internet via broadband connection.

Note: The tested Blu-ray player contained software/firmware version BD1.946.30207.C with an immediate for software/firmware version BD2.196.30402.C (as of 5/21/2013). Visit LG's Support Site for the latest firmware/software updates.

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 signal.

Front-Panel USB Port (w/ CD-to-USB Ripping): The Blu-ray player features a front-panel USB (type-A) port for playback of video, still image, and music files stored on a connected USB memory device. The player can support USB external hard disc drives (up to 2TB) and USB mass storage class devices (up to 32GB). The USB storage device must be formatted as FAT 32 or NTFS file system. You can also record one desired track or all of the tracks from a CD-Audio disc to an inserted USB storage device. CD audio tracks are converted to MP3 format (128/192/320kbps) and saved to your connected USB device.

Compatible Audio/Video/Photo Formats:  The LG BP730 Blu-ray disc player supports the following video, audio, and photo files recorded onto disc (BD-R/RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, or CD-R/RW) or USB (MSC/HDD).

File Type File Description
Audio MP3 (32-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA 32-192kbps; 22-48kHz), WAV, FLAC
Photo JPEG, PNG, GIF (less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel)

Video Features

HDMI (v.1.4): The BP730's HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in one cable. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, and 4K; or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your television.

4K Video Up-conversion: When connected to your TV using the HDMI output, the BD-P730 scales the output of a standard DVD signal to HD-compatible 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K (3,840 x 2,160). 4K provides four times higher resolution than current 1080p high-definition content. The unit also supports 480p and 480i output if your television is not HD-compatible.

Note: To enjoy 4K, you must have a compatible 4K television.

1080/24p: Movies are typically filmed at 24 frames per second and some Blu-ray Discs use the same frame rate. If your TV will accept a 1080/24p signal, the BP730 can pass the signal in its native form, without converting the video.

3D Ready w/ 2D-to-3D Conversion: The LG BP730 Blu-ray disc player supports 3D playback of high-definition 3D Blu-ray discs when connected to a 3D-Ready HDTV via HDMI, along with wearing a pair 3D vision glasses. You can also convert 2D content to 3D and adjust the 3D depth and distance to suit your preference.

Deep/x.v.Color: Deep Color allows more accurate color reproduction with deep color depth. The BP730 must be connected to a Deep Color compatible TV via HDMI for this feature to function.  The BP730 also supports x.v.Color; meaning it's ready for x.v.Color discs, such as AVCHD discs (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format).

TV Aspect Ratio: You can select which aspect ratio the player outputs according to your television's aspect ratio.

  • 16:9 Original: Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is displayed with an original 4:3 aspect ratio, with black bars appearing at the left and right sides.
  • 16:9 Full: >Select when a 16:9 wide TV is connected; the 4:3 picture is adjusted horizontally (in a linear proportion) to fill the entire screen.
  • 4:3 Letter Box: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays theatrical images with masking bars above and below the picture.
  • 4:3 Pan Scan: Select when a standard 4:3 TV is connected; displays pictures cropped to fill your TV screen. Both sides of the picture are cut off.

Picture Modes: You can select one of four preset Picture Modes (Standard/Vivid/Movie/User). The User mode allows you to manually adjust the Contrast, Brightness, Color, and Sharpness of the Blu-ray player.

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.

Audio Features

Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoding: The LG BP730 can decode the following Dolby Digital/DTS surround formats; Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The player must be connected to a Dolby Digital/DTS surround AV receiver which also supports these same formats via HDMI or digital optical input. You can set the unit's digital output to match the capabilities of your connected AV receiver.

Audio Stream PCM Bitstream DTS (Re-encode)
HDMI Optical HDMI Optical HDMI or Optical
Dolby Digital  2ch  2ch Dolby Digital Dolby Digital DTS
Dolby Digital Plus 2ch 2ch Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital DTS
Dolby TrueHD 2ch 2ch Dolby TrueHD Dolby Digital DTS
DTS  2ch  2ch DTS DTS DTS
PCM up to 7.1ch  2ch up to 7.1ch  2ch DTS

Dynamic Range Control: This function allows you to listen to a movie (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD content) at a lower volume without losing clarity of sound. The player's DRC function can be set to Auto, On, or Off.

Down Sampling: 192 kHz and 96 kHz digital signals can be converted to 48 kHz for components not compatible with higher sampling rates.

Digital Optical Output: In addition to the player's HDMI output, the Blu-ray disc player features a optical (toslink) digital audio output. The player's audio menu allows you to select the digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital output; bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) or 2-channel PCM.

Network/Internet Functions

Network Connection: The LG Blu-ray player can be connected to your home network via its Ethernet (LAN) port or built-in WiFi. The network connection offers access to your PC movie/photo/music files & online LG Premium Apps. A 10 Base-T or 100 Base-TX LAN port is required for a hardwired Ethernet connection (use a standard LAN cable with this TV; Cat5 or better with a RJ45 connector). A wireless connection requires a home network with an 802.11 b/g/n access point (802.11n recommended) and internet connection; supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

DLNA Certified: This Blu-ray player is a DLNA Certified digital media product that can play movie, photo, and music content from your DLNA Certified network device and DLNA server (such as your Windows 7 or 8 PC). The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a cross-industry organization of consumer electronics, computing industry and mobile device companies. Digital Living provides consumers with easy sharing of digital media through a wired or wireless network in the home. If you don't already have DLNA software on your  computer or server, simply download the Nero MediaHome 4 software from the included CD-ROM onto your Windows or Mac computer.

File Type File Description
Audio MP3 (32-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA 32-192kbps; 22-48kHz), WAV
Photo JPEG, PNG, GIF (less than 4,000 x 3,000 x 24-bit/pixel; or 3,000 x 3,000 x 32-bit/pixel)

Note: The DLNA certification logo makes it easy to find products that comply with the DLNA Interoperability Guidelines. This unit complies with DLNA Interoperability Guidelines v1.5. When a PC running DLNA server software or other DLNA compatible device is connected to this Blu-ray player, some setting changes of software or other devices may be required.

WiFi Direct: When using WiFi Direct, you can connect directly with other devices without using a wireless router. You'll be able to wirelessly transfer personal content (such as photos & videos) to the LG Blu-ray player without connecting to your home network. WiFi Direct completely bypasses your WiFi access point/router, so it's easy to set up. Streaming of copy-protected content and other certain formats are not supported.

Miracast Technology: The LG Blu-ray player features built-in Miracast technology for direct wireless content transfer from compatible devices with no Wi-Fi network needed. Now, you can enjoy all of your personal and online content through the Blu-ray player with a simple wireless connection. Using an Android smartphone featuring Miracast, you can sit back and experience your favorite movies, videos, photos, online shows, and more in full HD (up to 1080P) and multichannel audio (up to 5.1ch) through the connected Blu-ray player.

NFC Tag On: Tag On is a data transmission technology that is used on Android smartphones (4.0+ICS) with Near Field Communication. Simply by tapping your smartphone to the included Tag On sticker on the BP-730, you can share audio/video/photo content between your smartphone and the Blu-ray player. To connect your smartphone to the player using Tag On, you must download the Tag On app and LG AV Remote app onto your compatible Android smartphone. Your smartphone and Blu-ray player must be connected to the same WiFi network, or use the player's direct Miracast connection.

LG Smart Apps: LG Smart Apps allows you to access a variety of online services and content directly through the LG BP730, via its network connection. LG Smart Apps is an easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos, and browse the web; all organized in a simple to use interface. LG Smart Apps offers pay and free-of-charge instant streaming of movies, weather, videos, and photo album services.

Note: Visit LG Smart TV for the latest  compatible apps. Internet connection & subscriptions required. A minimum connection speed of 1.5 Mbps is required. For the best playback condition, a connection speed of 4.0 Mbps is required.

Web Browser: The LG Blu-ray player features a built-in web browser that lets you search the Internet for a particular website by URL or your Favorites list. The web browser supports up to Flash 11, but does not support platform-dependent technology like ActiveX. The web browser only replays the following media file formats - JPEG/PNG/GIF. Not all websites will be available for download, because of size and content.

Gracenote Media Database: This unit can access the Gracenote Media Database through its network connection and load the music information so that Song title, Artist name, Genre, and other text information can be displayed on-screen.

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 & features front-panel USB port for additional storage.

Note: You must have a minimum 1GB USB memory device inserted in the unit's front-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Quick Start: Quick Start speeds up the load time on movies, so discs start faster after they're inserted into the Blu-ray player. The LG Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 3.0 seconds in Quick Start mode (8.7 seconds in normal mode). In Quick Start mode, it takes approximately 20.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback (24.3 seconds in normal mode).

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Home Menu screen appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

On-Screen Display: The LG BP730 provides an OSD via its HDMI output. The on-screen text can be set to English, French, Spanish, or various other languages. This player does also offers a front-panel display.

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 a disc that has the scene memorized, the scene is automatically recalled. The last scene memory function for a previous disc is erased once a different disc is played.

Parental Control: The LG BP730 offers Parental Control settings to limit BD (0-255) and DVD (1-8) discs according to the age of the users. The control settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.

Auto Power Off: The BP730's screen saver appears when you leave the player in Stop mode for approximately five minutes. If you set this option to "On", the unit automatically turns off within 20 minutes since the Screen Saver is displayed. Set this option to "Off" to leave the screen saver until the unit is operated by the user.

Remote Control

Motion Sensing Remote w/ Microphone: The Magic Remote is an RF remote which operates the Blu-ray player as if it were a wireless mouse. It allows you to point the remote at the player and move through menu options with the movement of the remote. With simple gesture control, LG'S exclusive Magic Remote enables you to move the on-screen cursor, navigate menus, drag & drop apps, and select icons.

SIMPLINK: Some functions of this player can be controlled by your LG TV's remote control when this unit and your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV are connected through a HDMI connection. You can control Blu-ray player playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip Previous/Next, and Stop) from your LG TV's remote control. The Blu-ray player can also be set to automatically power On/Off with your LG SIMPLINK compatible TV.

Note: To operate SIMPLINK, an HDMI cable over Version 1.3 with CEC function should be used. This Blu-ray player may work with devices with HDMI-CEC support, but only devices with the "SIMPLINK" logo are fully supported.

LG AV Remote App Private Sound Mode: With the LG AV Remote App (from Apple iTunes or Google Play), you can use your Apple iOS (4.0+) device or Android (2.3.3+) smartphone to control the playback functions of the BP730 Blu-ray player. Private Sound Mode lets you listen to audio from the Blu-ray player through your smartphone's headphone output for private listening.

Note: Your smartphone and the Blu-ray player must be connected to the same network.

Keyboard Compatible: The LG Blu-ray player supports the use of a keyboard & mouse through its USB port. You can enter text with the keyboard when using the Search function and the built-in Web Browser.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

2 questions already asked

We have Cox Cable and the magic remote that came with the TV is more difficult to manage than the Cox remote, which still works for most things we want the TV to do. [ Bob  Jan 04, 2014 ]
HI Rose, Not in my experience. The arrow only works in selcting which functions you want and then the remote works through the blueray device. You will, I believe, have to use the remote that came with your TV. Samsung makes integrated remotes and I suspect LG will do the same shortly. Good luck; happy New Year. [ DR PAUL  Jan 02, 2014 ]
I have a LG 3D TV it is not a smart tv and the magic remote will not control the tv. [ CHRISTOPHER  Jan 01, 2014 ]