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Philips Embraces 3D TV In A Big Way


P&F USA will introduce here this
week the first Philips-branded LCD TVs with FullHD
3D support highlighted by a widescreen 21:9 aspect
ratio model, plus an expanded assortment of IPTV
Wi-Fi connected LED and CCFL backlit models.

The highlight of the 2011 Philips TV showcase at
the Renaissance Hotel, ballrooms 1, 2 and 3 here
at International CES will be the 58-inch 58PFL9955
(pricing and availability to be announced) 21:9 Cinema-
series model, featuring a 58-inch 3D-compatible,
direct LED backlit screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

The 21:9 aspect ratio supports a majority of Hollywood
releases, with minimal use of black bars at
the top and bottom of the screen.

The 1080p/480Hz set includes support for active-
shutter 3D glass (two pair will be included),
and will include a built-in Wi-Fi connection to support
MediaConnect capability. The company’s
NetTV IPTV platform with access to more than 100
apps, including access to streaming services Netflix,
Vudu, Blockbuster on Demand and FilmFresh.

In total, the company will offer four series of 3Dcapable
1080p TVs in 2011.

P&F’s top-of-the-line 8706-series 3Dcapable
TVs feature a conventional 16:9
aspect ratio, 1080p/240Hz LCD panel
with LED edge lighting. The 40- ($1,199
suggested retail), 46- ($1,499) and 55-
inch ($1,799) screen sizes have those
capabilities, plus all the networking
features of 58PFL9955. Models also
ship with two pairs of active-shutter 3D

The 6706 series features a 16:9 aspect
ratio; 3D 1080p/120Hz edge-lit
LED panel, 40- ($899), 46- ($1,199)
and 55-inch ($1,499) screen sizes; and
all the networking features of the 8706
series. Two pairs of 3D glasses are included.

The 5706 series features a 16:9 aspect
ratio, 3D 1080p/120Hz CCFL
backlit panel, and includes the 40-
($679), 46- ($899) and 55-inch
($1,099) screen sizes, and all the networking
features of the 6706 series. 3D
glasses are optional.

P&F will also offer four 2D LCD TV
series, including 4506 line featuring
a 16:9 aspect ratio, and 1080p/60Hz
LED edge-lit panel. Screen sizes include
40 ($729), 46 ($979) and 55
inches ($1,299), all including Wi-Fi and
networking features of the 5706 series.

The 4505 series will have the same
Wi-Fi and networking features as the
4506 series, but will step down to
720p/60Hz panels in the 19- ($179),
22- ($229), and 32-inch ($449) screen

The 3507 series will omit networking
features, and will use 1080p/60Hz
CCFL backlit panels, in the 40- ($569)
and 46-inch ($729) screen sizes. Both
will include three HDMI, one PC and
one USB input.

The entry 3505 series will include
720p/60Hz CCFL backlit panels and
the input package of the 3507 series, in
the 19- ($179), 22- ($219), and 32-inch
($349) screen sizes.

In Blu-ray Disc players P&F will introduce
six Philips-branded players, four of
which have 3D capability and all offering
the company’s NetApps platform for
streaming media access.

Highlighting the lineup is the
BDP7506 ($220) 3D-capable Blu-ray
player featuring touchpanel controls, a
DLNA compliant Wi-Fi connection, Media
Connect compatibility and NetApps
with access to more than 100 apps, including
Internet Radio, and Vudu, Netflix,
Blockbuster on Demand and Flim-
Fresh streaming.

The BDP5506 ($200) also support
3D playback with most of the features
of the 7506, minus DLNA compliance.

The BDP3606 features 3D, NetApps,
wireless connectivity and fast startup.

The BDP3506 ($170) is a 3D model
with NetApps, but it omits out of the box
wireless capability.

The BDP3306 ($150) Blu-ray player
is a 2D model with wireless connectivity
and NetApps.

The BDP3006 ($130) is a basic 2D
model with NetApps but without included
Wi-Fi connectivity.