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Panasonic Reveals TV, Blu-ray Prices

New York –


gave the bulk of its spring 2011
TVs and Blu-ray Disc players a formal send-off here Tuesday, detailing new
features and formally listing suggested retail prices for the first time since
the lines were first unveiled at International CES.

As previously reported, the
king of plasma TV technology is beefing up its presence in  IPS-Alpha-based LCD TVs this year with screen
sizes ranging up to 42 inches and introducing in select models 3D capability
for the first time.

Better-featured units will
also add a more advanced IPTV platform — called VieraConnect — that will
launch with up to 30 apps to start and will include access to an app store with
a virtually limitless resource of apps and services coming in the future.

Among the more compelling
VieraConnect applications is a collection of sports apps offering out-of-market
season viewing passes to MLB, the NBA, the NHL, MLS and Fox Sports — all
capabilities previously reserved for multichannel cable and satellite-TV
services. Only the NFL Sunday Ticket remains.

Panasonic’s four new Blu-ray
players, meanwhile, continue to offer the VieraCast IPTV platform in three top-end
models and a more basic-level streaming service in a fourth entry piece. Three
of the four players also offer FullHD 1080p 3D playback capability with onboard
2D-to-3D conversion at full 1080p HD resolution.

Panasonic said the new TVs
were designed to deliver the highest-quality pictures in the classes, even at
the mandated next-level EnergyStar 5.3 power-draw requirements that take effect
this fall.

New plasma models feature
Panasonic’s new improved NeoPlasma panels with a new faster switching speed for
reduced power consumption at the same high brightness levels, while LCD TVs
feature IPS-Alpha technology, including model series for 1080p LED 3DTV, 1080p
LED 2D and 720p.

New LCD TVs are highlighted by
the company’s first models to include FullHD 1080p 3D and LED edge-lighting, and the
new VieraConnect IPTV apps system.

The spring TV line, shipping
in the March through June period, includes the following ( additional models are slated for
introduction later in the year):

   FullHD (1080p) 3D plasma:


    TC-P65VT30 (65-inch), shipping in May at a
    $4,300 suggested retail;

    TC-P55VT30 (55-inch), shipping in April at

    TC-P65GT30 (65-inch), shipping in May at $3,700;

    TC-P60GT30 (60-inch), shipping in May at $2,800;

    TC-P55GT30 (55-inch), shipping in March at

    TC-P50GT30 (50-inch), shipping in March at

    TC-P65ST30 (65-inch), shipping in May at $3,300;

    TC-P60ST30 (60-inch), shipping in May at $2,400;

    TC-P55ST30 (55-inch), shipping now at $1,800;

    TC-P50ST30 (50-inch), shipping now at $1,500;

    TC-P46ST30 (46-inch), shipping now at $1,300;

    TC-P42ST30 (42-inch), shipping now at $1,100.

1080p FHD 2D plasma:

    TC-P60S30 (60-inch), shipping in May at $1,900;

    TC-P50S30 (50-inch) shipping now at $1,100;

    TC-P46S30 (46-inch) shipping now at $950; and

    TC-P42S30 (42-inch) shipping now at $800.

720P HD Plasma:

    TC-P50X3 (50-inch), shipping now at $800;

    TC-P46X3 (46-inch), shipping in March at $700;

    TC-P42X3 (42-inch), shipping now at $600.

FullHD (1080p) 3D LCD:

    TC-L37DT30 (37-inch), shipping in April at
    $1,300, and

    TC-L32DT30 (32-inch), shipping in April at

FullHD (1080p) LED LCD TV:

    TC-L42E3, (42-inch), shipping in March at $950;

    TC-L37E3 (37-inch), shipping now at $800;

    TC-L32E3 (32-inch), shipping in March at $700;

    TC-L42E30 (42-inch), shipping now at $1,100;

    TC-L42D30 (42-inch), shipping in April at
    $1,150; and

    TC-L19C30 (19-inch), shipping in May at $250.

720p LCD TV

    TC-L32C3 (32-inch), shipping in March at $400;

    TC-L24C3 (24-inch), shipping in June at $300;

    TC-L37U3 (37-inch), shipping now at $600;

    TC-L32U3 (32-inch), shipping in March at $500;

    TC-L40U30 (42-inch), shipping now at $800; and

    TC-L32X30 (32-inch), shipping in March at $500.

Blu-ray Disc players:

    DMP-BDT310, shipping in May at $250;

    DMP-BDT210, shipping now at $200;

    shipping now at $150; and

    DMP-BD75, shipping now at $100.