Panasonic Unveils 2011 3D TVs

Panasonic today launched its 2011 range of plasma and LCD-LED TVs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

There will be 12 plasma models, including two new screen sizes, and the company’s first LCD-LED Full HD 3D models.

At last year’s CES, Panasonic’s TC-P50VT25 (or the TH-P50VT20Z in NZ) was judged Best Product of the Show.

Panasonic reckons its 2011 line-up improves on this with better picture quality, new crosstalk reduction, faster acting phosphors, the inclusion of DLNA in all models, expanded Internet functionality via the proprietary Viera Connect IPTV platform and Neo Plasma technologies.

The 2011 Viera range also includes Viera Link for increased networking and 3D Viera Image Viewer for watching both 2D and 3D digital still and HD video on a large HDTV.

It’s not yet known how many screen sizes will be offered in NZ but internationally consumers will be able to choose from 3D plasma displays measuring 42, 46, 50, 55, 60 and 65 inches.

Panasonic’s first 3D LED-LED models (below) will be limited to 37- and 32-inch displays.

Panasonic says its new name for its more flexible IPTV functionality, Viera Connect, reflects a move from the walled garden approach of Viera Cast to the interactive and inter-connected philosophy behind the new Internet enabled platform – although don’t expect the NZ models to offer the wealth of apps planned for the US and Japan.

The new models also will be able to playback AVCHD 2D video and 3D video recorded on SD card.

Expect to see the first of Panasonic’s new range on sale here from around April.

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