LG - UP970 - 4K Ultra HD 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player - Black

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Experience stunning Ultra HD content with this LG Blu-ray player with multi-HDR compatibility lets you enjoy the full image quality and features of an HDR TV. This LG Blu-ray player has two HDMI outputs to accommodate a HDTV and a cable box. This HDR-compatible, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player offers 4x the resolution of a standard Blu-ray player. The built-in UHD upscaling technology enhances the picture quality from standard Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

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Overview

What's Included


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  • LG UP970 - 4K Ultra HD 3D Wi-Fi Built-In Blu-Ray Player
  • Remote control

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (590 out of 675)

Features


Smart Enabled

Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.

  • Netflix
  • YouTube

True 4K Ultra HD

Play 4K Ultra HD movies at 4x the resolution of full 1080p HD, letting you watch your favorite scenes with a level of detail and clarity like never before.

High dynamic range (HDR) creates a more realistic picture

HDR technology expands the contrast and color range of the existing pixels on your TV to reveal a better, brighter, more colorful image. The picture quality is noticeably more natural.

Blu-ray player

For high-definition movie playback with resolution up to 5 times greater than DVD. Watch films in stunning high-definition just like you do on the big screen.

Ethernet port

Enables simple wired network connection.

Playable formats

Include 4K Blu-ray Disc, 3D Blu-ray Disc, CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, DVD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE and BD-ROM.

Also supports WMA, AAC, MPEG1 Layer2, MP3, FLAC, LPCM, DTS, MPEG2 Layer2, DivX, MPEG-1, WMV, MKV, DivX HD, H.264, AVCHD, MOV, RMVB, AVC, 3GP, VOB, TS, DAT, FLV, M4V, MPEG-2 PS, MPEG-2 TS, MPEG-4 AVC, MP4 and K3G formats.

2 HDMI outputs

High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a Blu-ray experience with a 4K or full 1080p picture and digital surround sound. HDMI cable is not included.

Full 4K experience requires a 4K UHD TV and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs or 4K streaming content. HDR and some color features require a 4K UHD TV with HDR and may need manual HDMI UHD color setting on TV.

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Overall customer rating

4.3
88%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Player; Skimps on Features & Build Quality

    Posted
    ryanmcv
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    Having used two other 4K UHD Blu-ray players, I can say that the LG UP970 feels decidedly more entry-level than competing models. It does the job without any major issues and is fast with a sleek design. However, it lacks many advanced options and doesn't feel as solidly built compared to other players. PROS: - Easy set up. Simply connect an HDMI cable (make sure it's a Certified Premium cable), plug it into a power outlet, and then follow the on-screen instructions. - Very fast and responsive. Discs are fast to load and the unit responds to commands from the remote quickly. - Dual HDMI outputs. HDMI 2 is reserved for audio-only output. Perfect for those with older soundbars or receivers that can't pass through an HDR signal. - Great picture quality. I've tried several UHD Blu-rays, 3D Blu-rays, regular Blu-rays, and even some old DVDs. All look very nice, if not a bit softer-looking compared to my other 4K players. For UHD Blu-rays, the player automatically engages the HDR mode on my TV without me having to do anything. - The remote control is lightweight and comfortable to hold. COULD BE BETTER: - Other reviewers have stated that this player sounds like a "jet engine" while spinning Blu-ray discs. I certainly don't think the player is THAT loud. Louder than competing brands/models? Sure, but not by much. As soon as I move more than 3 feet from the player, I can't hear it at all. - Compared to my other 4K player, the overall build quality of this LG seems average at best. The LG UP970 is very lightweight and the plastic feels rather cheap. This likely contributes to the slightly louder noise during disc playback. Not a major issue, but because this player is priced identically to competing models, it's something to consider. - There is no "subtitle" button on the remote. If you want to turn on subtitles during movie playback, you'll need to press the "info" button and then turn on subtitles via an on-screen menu. - LG has stated that this player will support Dolby Vision, but there is no sign of such support at the time of this review. Hopefully a firmware update will be released soon. CONS: - The user interface design of this player is archaic - like something out of the early 2000s. It's a shame that LG couldn't implement a version of webOS that it uses on its smart TVs. - The settings menu is extremely limited. There are no advanced audio/video settings. No Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones. No obvious way to stream media from a home network. - Only two streaming services - Netflix and YouTube - are available at the time of this review. I'm hopeful that Vudu, Amazon, and others will be added in the future, but there's been no word from LG. OVERALL: If you're looking for a basic, no-frills 4K Blu-ray player, give this one a look. However, competing models in the same price range offer more advanced features, more streaming services, and better build quality. If/when LG updates this player to support Dolby Vision, that will help it stand out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    4K UHD with HDR10 and Dolby Vision capability

    Posted
    jdprice74
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    I purchased the LG UP970 UHD Blu-Ray player at Best Buy (Hixson--Gunbarrel didn't have the right one) for $229 on sale. I have the following to report: 1) Hookup was a simple breeze. Easy to switch out the old with the new. The UP970 has two HDMI-outs--one for Video and one for Audio (1.4); however, the one for Video supports 4K HDR Video/Audio (2.0a per Google), so if you want to run video and audio through a receiver, use this one only. 2) The settings to output 2160, Audio, etc, were simple--just set to AUTO. 3) I tested several discs, and I can report: a) It loads quite fast. I tested ALIEN 1080p Blu-Ray as the Alien discs in the Anthology on my LG BD370 took almost a whole minute from closing the door to even registering a picture on the screen. The UP970 had the disc playing in about 23 seconds, which is a much-needed improvement. b) 4K discs loaded quickly, and my TV (Vizio P65-C1) immediately flashed "2160 HDR10" on the screen identifying the signal. Blade Runner Final Cut 4K loaded in about 15 seconds. c) Some of the reviews on Best Buy talked about sound being low. I don't understand this because Blu-Ray players aren't receivers that send sound to speakers. I had to turn Blade Runner down because the Dolby Atmos w/TrueHD Soundtrack was just beyond amazing and loud. As of right now, the UP970 is marketed as supporting HDR10 and "will" support Dolby Vision with a firmware update. The update was released, but there were some issues so it is being reworked. I spoke via chat window with LG, and they stated that the updated release could possibly be as soon as 2017-Q4, which means this year. For me, that's fine as I do not have any DV discs (all of my 4K UHD DV is DigitalHD through VUDU that I can stream through TV). Last, but not least, I bought a unit that was manufactured in August 2017, per the label on the box. The March 2017 batch did have issues with making loud sounds during playback. I can report the August 2017 version I have is whisper quiet when playing both 1080p BDs and 2160p 4K UHDs. So, if you've been holding off on buying a 4K UHD BD because of exorbitant cost, I recommend the LG UP970 from a batch that is NOT from March 2017. I think you'll be quite pleased!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great unit, missing major streaming services.

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    Trobadour
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    The setup for this 4K player was simple. It includes a remote control that uses 1 AAA battery and it is included. The Blu Ray Player itself has a non-detachable power cord and all you have to do is plug it into a power outlet. Upon turning it on, you have several initial options to go through, like menu language and internet connection. I connected mine via WiFi, and the whole setup took under 5 minutes, including the update. A unique feature of this player is that is has smart features. Usually, I frown upon these kind of features because they are often laggy after pressing a controller input. However, this unit has surprised me because it’s actually quite responsive. Aside from the expected 4k HDR / Blu Ray / DVD playback, you can watch your own pictures, home made movies, and even stream from Netflix or YouTube. An optical cable port is included in this unit for alternate audio set-ups. Performance wise, this is by far the most responsive button press to movement interface I’ve ever experienced. On WiFi with 100Mb down, I was able to watch Netflix shows in 4K HDR and they look as stunning as ever. The 4K HDR discs were even more stunning. The quality is even higher when playing something from a disc, but only barely noticeable, which is a good thing. The device isn’t loud and there aren’t any annoying lights that may distract from the experience in a dark room or in a room where you may happen to sleep. The device meets my expectations but I am disappointed at the limited online features. The only streaming services available are Netflix (which has an easy and fast interface within the player) and YouTube. Sorely absent are HBO Now, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other online streaming services. For this reason, I will deduct one star. The price the player in terms of value depends on your expectations. The quick, responsive interface is a big seller for me, but for others, the lack of major streaming services may deter them from buying it. Keep in mind, though, that an update may one day add these services to the unit, but not a guarantee. Currently, other units exist that cost less and offer all the major streaming services, but may not have as quick a responsive interface as this one. For that reason, I deduct a second star. I highly recommend this product for people who are looking for a good 4K HDR Blu Ray player that has a responsive interface. If you don’t own a video game console, then this can be a great way of watching 4K HDR films via disc or via Netflix.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Rough around the edges, Still solid HDR 4K Player.

    Posted
    CrysisComplex
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    First off the LG UP970 is a solid attempt at making an ultra HD Blu-ray player. While its clearly not the best on the market it does a great job at for what it does, The HDR playback is flawless and amazing, the 4K is breathtaking. I used this LG UP970 player on a LG 4K OLED TV (65EF9500 / HDR 10 only.) and it is a sight to behold. I normally streamed 4K with YouTube and Netflix without buying physical media...but I think all this charges today seeing how the quality. 4K disc playback for all the disc media that's important of today. CDs/DVDs/Blu-Rays all work here but what you are paying for is the superb quality of Blu-ray in 4K and HDR. There is nothing like seeing something like this with all the right equipment, I finally have a decided 4K which is something my PlayStation 4 Pro CANNOT DO. (for the life of me , I can't understand why didn't Sony put one in there?) and my home feels like a real cinema. HDR is the very thing you should be buying this player for because it is simply breathtaking to see all these colors pop right in front of your eyes. Bolder contrast and more vibrant colors strikes the screen but none of this matters if you don't have a TV that support HDR. Honestly nothing should be left to say about a player that supports the format, HDR isn't something that should be talked about it should be seen! I swear to you the movie "The Revenant" made me feel like I was in the heart of the forest, Deadpool have such mindblowning colors, and if you want to really showcase your TV just pop in the movie "Ghost in a shell" which IMO pushes HDR colors to your pupils like due to its visually striking shots! Color Accuracy is spot on! It all works fine and well and the audio does it the sweet spot. ARC is also here in this player which is much needed if you want a easy setup sound experience. There is a USB on the player as well and plays the video formats MPEG-1, MPEG2 PS/TS, MPEG4 AVC (H.264), SMPTE VC1 (VC-9), MKV, AVC, AVCHD, M4V, WMV, 3GP, MP4, MOV, FLV, VOB, TS, DAT, DivX, DivX HD, RMVB, and K3G. So I'm sure whatever movies you have saved on an HDD will play on the UP970. There are some cons to this player. Software is bad, its slow and clunky. It take ages to navigate to an area such as settings. Come on LG or anyone that is an OEM make better software for these 4k Blu-ray players. LG, please listen you have Web OS, Stick it on this thing. This player does not come with an HDMI cable at all so if you thought you came prepared..no. You need to buy the HDMI cables or already own 4K HDMI cables. There is no front LED to display time, The box also gets loud when playing Blu-ray 4K HDR and that is troubling. is it as bad as everyone say? No its not but its maybe be distracting to some people. The remote feels cheap, DLNA streaming is gone and not here which seems like a step backwards, and perhaps worst of all there are only two...yes TWO streaming apps. About the two streaming apps Netflix and YouTube are the only ones here when you use Wifi or Ethernet. One would argue why need more? all of your devices can stream everything else? My question why even add these at all if you not going to go all out? This had to be a passing attempt for LG to keep up with others on the market but I would have rather have had more killer features then just Netflix and YouTube apps if you can't have more. Hulu needs to be here, Crunchyroll, HBO... Or you know atlease just add Chromecast and let google handle this thing. While I'm impressed with what the LG UP970 can do its hard to be impressed with the device itself. If you getting this for a cinema experience like no other with 4K/HDR Blurays and don't care about anything else then by all means get this product. Besides I'm sure that's the main reason why anyone would get this player but it doesn't do anything else great and certainly there are better players out there with Netflix, Youtube and a whole lot more. As it stands I would still recommend LG UP970 4K Ultra HD Bluray. It does what it suppose to do and does it fantastic, even if its ugly while doing these task. I'm happy I added this to my OLED LG HDTV because nothing else showcase movies better right now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best UHD BD Player from a Limited Selection

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    Zer0
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    I got this as part of a combo with the LG OLED55C7P, a 55" OLED 4k TV for which I have also written a review and highly recommend. The deal was $30 off the LG UP970 which at the time was $239 making it $209. As of this review its $10 cheaper at $199 after the deal. I had a couple of requirements in a 4k BD player. -HDR10 + Dolby Vision -HDMI Audio out (Optical out a plus) -Ethernet a plus (or at least Wifi) The biggest of the above was Dolby Vision support. I am pretty confident that as of the latest firmware this player supports it (at least according to my TV notifying me of Dolby Vision when playing a disc with Vision). All in all, this player is a 5 star product. I would have rated it 5 star if it wasnt for 1 big issue for me, which I will explain shortly. As for the good aspects: -Has played every disc ive tried in it -Supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision -Firmware update was quick and painless -Software/Menu is simple and easy to use -Delivers a quality picture and sound -Relatively quite during playback As for apps, I wish manufacturers would start leaving these out. Not every device needs to be "Smart". In this day and age it would be a miracle to find a dumb UHD TV. The apps on this will go unused for me and many others I would presume. The good news is that on this player they are out of sight, out of mind. You wouldnt know it had Netflix unless you went looking for it. Taking into account nothing more than how it acts when watching a BD, its superb. Now for the down side, and something I was inclined to possible give it a 3 star rating for... It has no option to disable HDMI-CEC. For many this may not be an issue but for me it has become a bane. My setup is that I have all of my components connected HDMI to a Onkyo TX-NR676 receiver via HDMI and then 1 HDMI from the receiver to the TV using HDMI to the TV's HDMI with ARC which allows the TV to pass audio back to the receiver (for ex when using a built in app on the TV). For ARC to work it is my understanding that the TV and receiver both need to have HDMI-CEC turned on and support ARC (and have it enabled). The issue is that for some reason when changing inputs or sometimes even when powering up components it triggers the UP970 to turn on and for the input on the receiver to switch to the BD player. For ex: If I have the TV and receiver on, with input set to the TV while watching Netflix and decide I want to instead watch Amazon or switch to my STB...the BD player turns on and the input instead goes to the BD player. If I could disable HDMI-CEC on the BD player this wouldnt be an issue, but they have no option I could find for this. While having a simple menu is a plus almost always, lack of options and simplicity do not have to be the same thing. If I disable CEC anywhere else, I lose audio from the apps on my TV which isnt an option. For anyone thinking Optical audio from my TV to receiver would solve this...I have a 5.1.2 setup (Atmos) and it is my understanding that Optical cannot pass this to receiver. Alternatively I may consider running the audio only HDMI from BD to receiver and the main HDMI from BD to another HDMI on the TV itself to see if that prevents the issue. However I think CEC is a TV wide option and not a per input option. Ill report back what I find. In closing, one major flaw which could potentially be addressed in a firmware update or may be a non-issue in some setups. Otherwise a great player

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Video Quality and Color Accuracy

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    jailoliv
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    Videos played by the LG UP970 look stunningly clear, rich and detailed. I'm not saying that there are no other good Blu-Ray players out there but this is the first in the somewhat low price range that I have tried and was impressed. You almost feel - not just see - the colors as if things were in front of you, not just on the screen. To see what I am talking about, I would recommend playing Planet Earth II 4K. But before buying this player, you need to make sure your TV is not only 4K compatible but also supports High Dynamic Range capability. The images will probably look great on any 4K TV but the wow effect can only be experienced fully with HDR. Otherwise, you can go with a cheaper player. Planning on upgrading your TV some time in the near future is also a good reason to purchase it. Both Wi-Fi and wired connectivity worked as expected and setup was very easy. It has an option to change frame rates but be sure to only change to 60 fps if your TV has a fast response rate and runs at 120Hz or higher; otherwise, you may see some undesirable artifacts. The default 24 fps worked very well in all my tests. If you don't have a 4K streaming device like Roku or Amazon fire, you can use this player to stream Netflix or YouTube for instance with maximum resolution and rich colors. Both Netflix and LG UP970 support Dolby Vision which is another format of HDR with even more color enhancement. Again, a compatible TV is a must to take advantages of the technology. Before getting excited about the 2 HDMI ports, be sure to read the guide: it's a good addition but one of them is dedicated to audio for some legacy systems. The only cons in my opinion are: 1) the remote that feels somewhat cheap; 2)no DLNA support which makes it not a good replacement for streaming players if you host your own movies on your home network; 3) sometimes if makes a loud noise when playing some movies but it does not happen with all. Planet Earth and a couple of others played silently.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blu-Ray players have come a long way

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    3Tcubed
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    This is probably my 5th Bluray player, now stepping up to 4k (I have 5 4k TV's). My first observation was how much faster the processing os the disk was; in under 2s thes display was ready to go, compared to early BluRays that too way over 10s to get ready this was a pleasant start. The remote is nearly identical to the remote's LG has been using for years, which it was back lit, but it's not, learned to live with it. Initially watched the Std version of King Kong (Jack Black and cast) and this player delivered a better, more crisp image, darker blacks, cleaner shadows than my existing DB670, did from the same disk, this player not only handles 4K material well it also improves conventional BluRay disks another plus, I was not sure I'd be able to see. I also think the sound was cleaner, but this is pretty subjective. Then on to The Ultra Disk version of King Kong (Jack Black and new Skull Island). At first it was a little underwhelming, what I'd just seen looked great, I'd maybe expected the 4K version to be so much better (on a 65" Sony X900e), well initially is was just better, but as the action got more intense the quality of fast moving images the picture improved, they we more three dimensional, the shadows had more content to them, the wide angle shots were gorgeous. With really no way to compare side by side images, the original blu ray, seemed flatter, the 4K version was voluptuous (in a good way) just more ripe with detail, Maybe when I eventually get a 4K projector it will be that much better on a 100" or 150" screen (I can certainly see where larger screens would benefit the most. Still the picture was engulfing, with some of the overhead shots feeling like you were there flying along. The New King Kong Skull Island definitely benefited from improved animation and special effects, but not necessarily a better plot or characters, the Extended Edition of the jack a Black version was my favorite. I then viewed the 4K version of Ghost in a Shell, again the colors and cinematography were out standing, and with the mvis have many "dark" scenes, this player and it's picture were outstanding. I'm officially a fan of 4K films. When I first thought about paying about ten dollars more per film, (about a 25% increase), I had to think twice; I'd hope this premium drops as the format gains wider acceptance, and as older films are re-released it looks like it will. Do I like the LG-UP970, heck yes. It improves my existing collection of DVD's and BluRays (over 500), It's faster than previous BluRays, the built in WiFi and LG Smart app's are nice, but nothing new. The quality of the output from 4K disk, is new, and much more rich in color and texture than what was previously available. Put your 4K TV investment to work, give it some quality images in, and I;m sure you'll be please with what you see from the growing list of 4K films out there.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Well positioned by price, average in performance

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    YourMainDude
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    The LG - UP970 4K Blu-Ray player is fairly pedestrian in its presentation and construction. I've had the pleasure of testing this unit out connected to a LG OLED panel and can report that picture & audio quality overall is about average compared to other unit I've demo'd. For it's price-point most people should find it suitable for their needs. A few of the things that did notice - not expecting a 'flag ship' experience - do dampen my enthusiasm about this model. The unit does power up & initialize fairly quickly but disc loading was about average. The basic set up screens are easy to read and are logically arranged but controls overall were still basic. One of my biggest pet peeves with Blu-Ray players is their ability to sync up the audio stream and I'm disappointed to report that LG has missed the mark on getting consistent the audio decoder hardware in this device to work smoothly. Across many different movie discs I noticed significant lag in the audio kicking in after the actual movie has started - sometimes in the realm of 2 or more seconds of delay. Once the movie was going though, there were no noticeable drops in the audio stream. I also didn't encounter any picture freezes or need to power cycle the player due to things locking up - which is a good thing. The up-scaling of 1080p movies to 4K left a bit to be desired. I noticed quite a bit of flicker and frame jump on a few movies but it wasn't consistent and is probably something that can be resolved with a future firmware update. True 4K performance was clearly better. The physical construction of this player is on the weak side. We found that the disc tray button wasn't always responsive to the first touch and the remote control feels little cheap - and designed like an afterthought. The unit is overall quiet in operation considering it's light weight construction but it certainly lacks that solidly built heft one might expect when taking it out of it's box and setting it up. Considering the price point for this unit - especially when it's on sale - one really can't complain though. I would recommend the LG - UP970 Blu-Ray player to anyone looking for a good, 'middle of the road' unit at a decent price.

    I would recommend this to a friend





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