Las Vegas – Panasonic
celebrated its plans for 3D and smart-TV technology in 2012 by having a couple of
entertainment and sports stars brighten up its International CES eve press
conference here Monday.
Timberlake was introduced to help announce a deal that will bring a new MySpace
application for chatting while watching popular TV programs on newly advanced 2012
Smart Viera TVs.
Then the company
introduced U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team gold medalist turned color
commenter Brandi Chastain and members of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Soccer team to help
announce that Panasonic will sponsor NBC Universal’s 3D telecasts of the 2012
Olympics from London this summer.
The 3D games will
be available to U.S. distributors who carry Olympic coverage, marking the first
time coverage of the games will be presented in 3DTV.
service providers were announced as carrying the 3D telecasts as yet.
Panasonic is the
exclusive flat-panel HDTV and Blu-ray Disc player advertiser for NBC’s coverage
of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
More than 200
hours of 3D telecasts are to be produced using Panasonic 3D technology and shown
on next-day delay in the U.S.
will underscore the company’s multiple roles as a manufacturer of 3D-enabled
plasma and LCD TVs, 3D production equipment, and content production enabler.
Panasonic Corp. of
North America CEO and chairman Joseph M. Taylor said this year’s CES
presentations will serve to underscore the company’s expanding role in
electronics beyond A/V entertainment hardware.
“The pace of
change in the consumer electronics industry has accelerated remarkably in the
past few years, and our customers’ needs are changing along with the definition
of who our customers are,” Taylor said. “Their needs go well beyond traditional
consumer electronics, and so we are changing too. In fact, we are moving to
redefine who we are beyond traditional consumer electronics by adding new
products and services in energy management, web-connected and networked
products, and even more entertainment and information products for consumers
and businesses, alike.”
In traditional CE announcements, Panasonic unveiled
its 2012 line of Smart Viera FullHD 3D HDTVs and FullHD 3D Blu-ray Disc
players. Of the 17 models in the CE maker’s 2012 plasma lineup, 16 feature the
3D technology, while five of the 14 LED/LCD HDTVs provide 3D capability. In
addition, Panasonic unveiled two new larger screen sizes in the LED family, 47
and 55 inches.
Meanwhile, Panasonic said Time Warner’s
Flixster movie app will be available this year on Panasonic’s line of Viera
Connect devices, including HDTVs and Blu-ray players, to let consumers watch
UltraViolet movies and TV shows directly on the devices.
In addition, Panasonic said it will use
Ooyala’s online video-syndication platform to bring new content to Viera
Connect devices. The Country Network will be the first publisher to