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CES: Panasonic Shuns Ultra HD and Supersize Screens

Panasonic’s new flagship plasma TV is ultra flash but not Ultra HD. Unlike rivals Samsung, Sony and LG, which are betting on Ultra HD and OLED technologies to captivate consumers in 2013, Panasonic’s focus appears to be on exacting higher 1080p picture quality from screens no bigger than 65 inches. Today at CES it unveiled […]

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HD Feed: October 5

At last the wait is over for fans of True Blood who resisted tuning into its SD season on Prime. On Saturday and Sunday, from midday-6pm, SoHo will screen all 12 episodes of season five back-to-back, in HD, as a box set weekend. This is the first time SoHo has run out a first-run, premium […]

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Samsung’s Sizzling New Plasma TVs Start to Ship

Samsung has started to ship its new, 3D-capable “Plasma+1” TVs. The D8000, D6900, D550 and D490/450 series have a narrow bezel that adds an extra inch of viewable screen size over Samsung’s 2010 plasma TVs. The top-of-the-range D8000 Smart TV models have Real Black Filter technology for improved on-screen contrast and reduced glare, Samsung’s proprietary […]

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Hi-Def Debrief: What’s New on the Web

Smarthouse reports Samsung Electronics will unveil a “swag of new IP enabled TVs” at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, as it switches focus from 3D to Internet content. Home Cinema Choice has a preview of LG’s 3D range for CES while on the eve of the year’s biggest hi-tech showcase, Trusted Reviews has posted […]

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Philips Tops Top TVs of 2010

Trusted Reviews has judged the best TV of 2010 to be one you can’t buy in New Zealand: Philips’ ultra-wide LED model, the 58PFL9955H Cinema 21:9. Runner-up was Panasonic’s 3D plasma series, with an LED model from LG and a Samsung LCD TV rounding out the top five. Sony’s best placing was eighth, for its […]

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Panasonic Has More 3D TVs Comin’ at Ya’!

Having just released a $10,000, 65-inch 3D plasma TV in limited quantities, Panasonic hopes to make the technology more affordable with its first 42-inch model. The TH-P42GT20Z will go on sale for $2699 on December 15. It will be bundled with a free 3D Blu-ray of Avatar, which Panasonic has licensed exclusively for the next […]

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Avatar 3D Blu-ray a Christmas Bonus for Panasonic Buyers

Panasonic NZ has confirmed buyers of its 3D TVs will qualify for a free copy of Avatar in 3D on Blu-ray. The disc will be used as an incentive for buying a 3D Panasonic plasma TV from December to February 2012. It will be an exclusive 15-month window, with the movie unavailable in 3D from […]

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Panasonic’s Stellar 3D Plasma “One of the Finest TVs” Ever?

Two months before its NZ release, a top British website has acclaimed Panasonic’s 50-inch 3D plasma TV as “comfortably the finest mainstream TV Panasonic has ever produced, and one of the finest TVs ever seen period”. Veteran Trusted Reviews critic John Archer rates it 9/10 for performance and value, 10/10 for features, and praises the […]

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3DTV: Panasonic’s Next Top Model

Panasonic NZ expects to be selling two Full-HD 3D-capable Viera plasma TVs here by July/August. TV and Blu-ray products manager Grant Shaw told ScreenScribe.tv initially two sizes will be offered: 50 inches and 65 inches. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed but the premium they’ll command won’t be as steep as that of Panasonic’s wireless Z1 plasma […]

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Samsung Targets 2Q for 3D TV

The first 3D TVs from Samsung could go on sale in NZ as early as April. “We are thrilled that the new 3D TVs will be in the New Zealand market some time during the second quarter,” Samsung’s NZ director of marketing, Rachael Cotton-Bronte, said after the company announced it was the first in the […]

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