In support inquiries pertaining to the BD670, I have been told that a firmware update is planned for later this month (March 25th) which is to include the following:
"· Activate the web browser, search and media link functions. (currently a “coming soon” message appears)
· Make the “top 5” on the premium partner card customizable by the user
· Add the following content partners: CinemaNow, Napster, NBA, Amazon VOD, AP, iPlay (games)
· Add additional apps to the App Store area."
I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much as there is an LG press release from January which states that the Blu-Ray players would *not* have the Web browser. I also saw a CES report which suggested that the "Media Link" functionality would only be included on LG SmartTV television sets (as opposed to the SmartTV equipped Blu-Ray players and standalone "Upgrader" box. Maybe they changed their mind or information regarding the other SmartTV device upgrades is getting mixed up (in which case the information above may not be accurate). This information does seem to pertain to other devices in the SmartTV line-up because Cinema Now and Napster are already supported in the BD6x0 series and there is currently no "top 5" premium partner display in the BD6x0 UI. However, I wrote twice and both response suggested the same features.
I was told that support does not have any information about the availability of Hulu Plus at this point, but hopefully we'll at least get the Amazon VOD option later this month.
Unfortunately, based on the picture below, it appears that they may have been referring to SmartTV on their LCDs. Note the "Premium Partner Card" sporting five Premium Apps. On the BD670 their is nothing that could be described as a "card" for the Premium Apps, they appear against an illustration of a park-like scene and there are ten? of them shown in two rows, not five.
I just tried a live chat with LG and they replied that the browser would only be on their TV's. So LG obviously needs some training for their customer service reps because they are doling out inconsistent replies to questions.
I also noticed that their "Specifications" web page for the BD670 incorrectly shows it as having only 2.4Ghz wireless N, while the manual states it has dual band (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) wireless N. I went out and bought a dual band router specifically for the BD670 so it would have a dedicated 5Ghz band for HD streaming, if I hook it up and find that the 670 can only connect at 2.4Ghz, that will be the last straw and it will be going back.