This will allow it to communicate with your Wi-Fi devices without the need for a router in between.
As cool as it is to have a Wi-Fi enabled devices communicating together in your home theater, it's a bit of a pain once routers come into play. After all, if your iPhone has Wi-Fi and your Blu-ray player has Wi-Fi, why should there be any need for a middle man?
The new BD690 form LG boasts Wi-Fi Direct, which allows it to pull content from any Wi-Fi enabled device, like a phone, laptop or storage device. The second device doesn't even need to be Wi-Fi Direct certified – it just works.
It's a cool new feature that may, or may not, help to revolutionize the way your home theater works. The 690 is the first Blu-ray player to sport Wi-Fi Direct certification, but you can expect to see more in the near future.
Unfortunately we don't yet have any information on price or a release date for the new player.