Panasonic Offers ‘3D Essentials'

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New York - Panasonic may not be ready to slash the prices on its new, and somewhat pricey, 3D plasma displays, but it is giving 3D-ophiles a $600 savings on the purchase of a 3D system to make it worth their while.

Julie Baumann, Panasonic display product manager, revealed Thursday during a press demonstration for the company's recently announced GT25 3D plasma display series that the company is currently giving purchasers of Panasonic Viera 3D plasma sets (either VT25 or GT25 series models) a free "3D Essential Package."

The kit includes two pairs of Panasonic active-shutter 3D glasses, and copies of the 20th Century Fox movies "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" and "Coraline" on 3D Blu-ray Disc. In addition, Panasonic is throwing in at no extra charge one of its new DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray Disc players.

The glasses and movies represent a $350 value while the 3D player carries a $250 suggested retail, making the total value $600, she said.

Baumann said the Essential Pack promotion began on Aug. 29 and is scheduled to run to the end of October, although it's possible the offer could be extended further.

Meanwhile, Bauman said Panasonic is planning to come out with an updated version of its 3D active-shutter glasses this autumn. The new and improved glasses will be available in three sizes, are designed to be able to comfortably fit over regular glasses if needed, and will have rechargeable batteries that connect to a power source through a USB connection.

Baumann said the company made several tweaks and adjustments to its first-generation glasses as feedback came in from the field. Among other things, the new glasses have been made lighter (39 grams) and shield light leakage from around the sides of the eye.

 The new glasses will carry a suggested retail of around $179 and should be available in October in small, medium and large sizes, she said.


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