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Press Release - Panasonic's 2012 Smart Viera Plasma HDTV Model Line-up

PANASONIC’S 2012 SMART VIERA PLASMA HDTV MODEL LINE-UP BUILDS UPON ITS AWARD WINNING TRADITION

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 9, 2012) – Continuing its history and tradition of manufacturing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE:PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced the company’s 2012 Smart VIERA line of HDTV Plasmas defining the core of a brand new IPTV lifestyle on the Consumer Electronics Show. The appearance of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five details: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements. With 17 new models, ranging in screen sizes from 42-inches to 65 inches, Panasonic expanded its 3D line-up for 2012.

Also new for 2012 is a cloud-based architecture to extend the VIERA Connect IPTV platform to an enormous collection of apps, thereby cementing its reputation for creating innovative and leading edge products and that specialize in providing the patron with the final word in home entertainment. New to make a choice VIERA TVs is the inclusion of a browser, further enhancing the net platform, in addition the addition of “3D Real Sound” with 8-Train Speakers to further enhance sound quality. Moreover, Panasonic continues its commitment to our surroundings by improving the panel luminance efficiency, in addition to producing mercury and lead free panels. To further improve the in-home 3D viewing experience, Panasonic introduced its latest generation of lightweight 3D glasses. Weighing only 27grams, the newest generation 3D glasses utilize Bluetooth technology and have a chargeable battery.

Panasonic is devoted to bringing new picture improving technologies to HDTVs and the 2012 line-up builds upon that philosophy. The 2012 VIERA HDTVs produce black levels which have consistently been recognized as one of the best within the industry, super fast response time, intuitive and therefore easy to function controls, a limiteless number and diversity of internet apps, a brand new VIERA’s, clean and easy design incorporating “Glass and Metal” Design concept to specific elegant and opulent theme.

VIERA’s elegant design gives it an easy yet powerful presence by harmonizing materials and design. This new design maximizes the natural qualities of glass and metal to visually express the excellent performance of the display and billions of colours. The 2012 models employ NeoPlasma Black 2500 provide a crisp image even if the content shows very fast motion. The 2012 panel further reduces reflections and creates sharper pictures with higher contrast in brighter environments. As well, a brand new panel structure and pre-discharge control technology contribute to an increased native contrast level. Additionally, the entire 3D models include DLNA connections for simple link-as much as other DLNA equipped products.

Panasonic’s company wide commitment to sustainability and producing products which are ecologically sound is evidenced inside the 100,000 hour life span of the Plasma Display panel and the shortage of lead or mercury within the panels. Improved power efficiency was addressed with, among other technology advances, new and improved phosphor mixtures and more efficient electronics.

“Panasonic is proud to be recognized by numerous critics for its superior picture quality and for its continuing commitment to the best technology standards possible. Never ones to face on our laurels, the 2012 series of VIERA Plasma HDTVs fine tunes the 3D picture quality to 1 that rivals what’s seen inside the theater. Furthermore, we now have expanded and enhanced the VIERA connect internet functionality by employing cloud technology, enabling users to access a vast selection of apps,” said Henry Hauser, Vice chairman, Panasonic Marketing, the Merchandising Group “Panasonic is constantly striving to surpass the former year’s commercial and important success, in addition to hearing what consumers are saying. This is precisely why Panasonic’s 2012 Plasma models will again prove to be the industry leader. Panasonic is usually very proud to was named one of many top ten global green brands of 2011.”

The six VIERA Plasma series, VT50, GT50, ST50, UT50, XT50, U50, feature self illuminating panels with ultimate black levels, NeoPlasma technologies(VT/GT/ST) providing a black filter with a stronger efficiency panel that generates the precise balance of black and white under brighter environments. The recent Louver filter and new high performance panel lead to improved external light shading, improved clarity and improved light transmittance. The 2012 models employ the NeoPlasma Black 2500 (VT/GT/ST/UT), a 6,220,800 pixel cells FULL local dimming, 24,576 steps of gradation technology (VT/GT) (previously only available in professional monitors), a brand new custom driver LSI and a quick switching phosphor panel on all of Panasonic’s 1080p 3D models.

Panasonic also continues its relationship with THX with six Full HD 3D Plasma HDTVs, certified in both 2D and 3D mode by the distinguished company founded by George Lucas. THX certification indicates to the shopper that the image quality have been certified to satisfy the stringent standards of Hollywood’s top film makers.

VT50 Series
The VT50 series is the entire HD 3D Plasma flagship series and is supplied in two screen sizes- the TC-P65VT50, 65-inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally) and the TC-P55VT50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally). These two optimum TVs offers a revolutionary level of picture quality. FULL HD 3D; 1080p FULL HD resolution; Infinite Black Ultra Panel, Deep Black hues are achieved due to new and advanced pre-discharge technology; VIERA Hook up with Web browser, and built-in Wi-Fi; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D 3D conversion; 24,576 steps of gradation technology ;THX in both 2D and 3D modes; ISFccc Calibration Mode with Advanced Calibration. Calibrators adjust the detailed picture setting with the calibration software(CALMAN™ )provided by SpectraCal Inc.
Social Networking TV function to permit users to access social network sites while simultaneously watching TV; Multitasking feature to modify between apps ; 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers; a brand new Louver Filter; a VIERA Touch Pad Controller; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link, a technology that utilizes HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) and allows a client to function all VIERA Link compatible A/V components using only the TV’s handheld remote control; Media Player, allows one to view digital photos and HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card and USB Memory Stick; four HDMI connections and 3 USB ports. The VT50 series continues the design evolution as seen in last year’s VT30 series with an exquisite one sheet of glass design. The Flat and lustrous, this single pane of glass is completely obstruction-free. It expresses a minimalist sense of beauty by stripping away all unnecessary elements with a newly designed gradation metal pedestal.

GT50 Series
The GT50 series includes four screen sizes – the TC-P50GT50, 50-inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally); TC-P55GT50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally); TC-P60GT50, 60-inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally); TC-P65GT50, 65-inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally). The series features FULL HD 3D; Infinite Black Pro Panel; VIERA Connect to Web browser and built-in Wi-Fi; 1080p FULL HD resolution; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D 3D conversion; THX in both the 2D and 3D modes; 24,576 steps of gradation technology; Social Networking TV function; Multitasking; 3D Real Sound with 8 train speakers; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link; four HDMI connections and 3 USB ports. Additionally the GT50 models incorporate the glass & metal design – Stylish Metal Frame with a gradation metal pedestal.

ST50 Series
The TC-P50ST50, 50-inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally); the TC-P55ST50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally); the TC-P60ST30, 60-inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally) and the TC-P65ST50, 65 inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally) comprise the ST 50 series of FULL HD 3D VIERA HDTVs. The ST30 models include Infinite Black Pro Panel; VIERA Hook up with Web browser and built-in Wi-Fi; 1080p FULL HD resolution; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D 3D conversion; Social Networking TV function; 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link, three HDMI connections and two USB ports.

UT50 Series
There are four screen sizes inside the UT50 series – the TC-P42UT50, 42 inch class (41.6 inches measured diagonally); TC-P50UT50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally); TC-P55UT50, 55 inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally); TC-P60UT50, 60 inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally). All offer FULL HD 3D; 1080p FULL HD resolution; VIERA Connect (Wi-Fi ready); 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D 3D conversion; Social Networking TV function; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link; two HDMI connections and two USB ports.

XT50 Series
The XT50 series provides the patron with a cheap 3D solution with Online Movies feature, a service that gives select Panasonic’s IPTV functionality by adding five of the hottest movies to the TV’s internet functionality. The TC-P42XT50, 42 inch class (41.6 inches measured diagonally) and the TC-P50XT50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally) produce 720p resolution and lines Online Movies, a service that gives select Panasonic’s IPTV functionality by adding five of the most well liked movies to the TV’s internet functionality; 2D 3D conversion; 600Hz Sub-field Drive; Bluetooth; Media Player; DLNA; VIERA Link; two HDMI and two USB connections.

U50 Series
The TC-P50U50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally) is the lone non-3D on this year’s HDTV Plasma model line-up. The model features 1080p FULL HD resolution; Fast Switching Phosphors, Media Player; 600Hz Sub-Field Drive ;Game Mode ;two HDMI connections and one USB port.

Panasonic first introduced its concept of connected HDTVs five years ago and in 2012 VIERA Connect1, Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV platform, continues to enhance its functionality by employing a cloud based technology and philosophy, making an allowance for a limiteless variety of apps being available to the buyer. VIERA Connect provides access to apps in such categories as video and music, social networking, games, news and lifestyle, sports, health and fitness and children education adhering to the philosophy that the patron need to be ready to personalize the net experience, VIERA Connect includes a market site, where the patron can select specific apps or accessories from a limitless selection.

Popular sites, including Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, Bloomberg News, AP, Wall Street Journal, Accuweather , Skype, Wealth TV, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, sports sites Fox Sports, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS2 ,BodyMedia and Withings continue on VIERA Connect and are joined by a number of exciting features and apps, all optimized for the very best user experience. On November 1, 2011, Panasonic introduced an app, Social Networking TV that permits one to access social network sites reminiscent of Twitter and Facebook, while simultaneously enjoying programming on their VIERA HDTV. Mutually, Panasonic also announced the addition of a brand new gaming application from PlayJam and a film/video channel devoted to Bollywood, called BigFlix. BigFlix will allow users to access Bollywood Video on Demand, while PlayJam is a game channel with multiple game apps.

Readily of use as a huge focus, VIERA Connect’s interface implements quick keyword input (like a mobile phone) to aid retrieve favorite content faster and easier. An optional Skype Communication camera (TY-CC20W) allows the patron to speak with family and friends via a giant TV, instead of on a small computer or smart phone screen. There’s also an app that enables one to exploit their iPhone/iPad as a remote.

Panasonic HDTVs also employ VIERA Link – a technology that utilizes HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) and allows a shopper to function all VIERA Link compatible A/V components using only the TV’s handheld remote control and helpful on-screen menus. As well as operating a VIERA HDTV, video source (Blu-ray Disc and DVD player) and residential theater receiver, A VIERA Link capable Network Camera would be connected to a VIERA HDTV and regulated via VIERA remote. Users can then watch their child, pet and/or property by installing the camera and networking to the VIERA HDTV via Ethernet cable.

Source: Engadget

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