Contradicts claim that plasma panel development has ended
Reports that Panasonic will halt plasma-based HDTV production has been refuted by an executive as incorrect. Henry Hauser, vice president of merchandising at Panasonic USA has said that plasma panel development is still taking place, contradicting comments made by Panasonic Display vice president Kiyoshi Okamoto that the company had researched its last plasma panel.
Final panel created by Panasonic research and development teams
Panasonic has stopped development of plasma-based HD television panels, and is unlikely to start up research on the display technology again. Panasonic Display Vice President Kiyoshi Okamoto confirmed the closure of plasma research and development during an event where the company revealed the pricing for its line of HDTVs for 2013.
Prices set to rise from 2011 models
Pricing details for Samsung's 2012 HDTV lineup may have surfaced ahead of schedule. A leaked price list, which was posted by HD Guru, suggests that the company may be raising the minimum advertised price (MAP) for many of its latest LCD and plasma televisions. The high-end 8000 series LED-backlit LCDs are said to start at $2699 for the 46-inch variant, while the 75-inch model is expected to command $7299.
3D technology focus of CES keynote
Confirming earlier rumors, Panasonic at CES announced a new partnership with DirecTV that will allow subscribers to access 3D content via satellite. The service will be available following a free software upgrade to existing set-top boxes. Subscribers initially will be able to watch three dedicated 3D channels, with a variety of material from various networks. The different channels will offer standard programming, on-demand content, and 3D sampler materials.
2009 Samsung TV prices
The costs of various 2009 Samsung LCDs have leaked in advance of an official announcement, a site claims. The information is said to have become available because products are now shipping to dealers, and show sometimes wide disparities in pricing. 3 Series sets, measuring between 19 and 32 inches, should cost anywhere from $300 to $550, while the 22- to 32-inch 4 Series sets range between $400 and $650. Prices begin to rise sharply with the 5 Series, which come in models varying from 32 to 52 inches at costs of $800 to $1,800.
Hitachi 1.5-inch plasma TV
Hitachi is unveiling a 1.5-inch thick 50-inch plasma display, which heads up the company's new UltraThin 1.5 family of products that also includes 1.5-inch thick LCD HDTVs, at the CEDIA Expo on Thursday. The display, which Hitachi is quick to point out is among the largest and thinnest of its kind, will headline Hitachi's release of plasma HDTVs in the A-, S-, V- and X-series, made up exclusively of 42- and 50-inch displays. While not quite 1.5 inches thick, the new plasma HDTVs will be available with manual swivel stands or remote-controlled powered swivel stands.
Panasonic next-gen plasmas
Panasonic on Thursday announced it will show off five prototype plasma display panels that are significantly thinner, more efficient and / or larger than current models at the IFA 2008 show in Berlin, which kicks off Friday. The prototypes will include a 42-inch display that is twice as efficient and therefore uses half the energy of Panasonicís existing panels of the same size that maintains the same brightness settings.
Panasonic HDTVs with 1TB
Panasonic Japan has revealed specs on its new VIERA PZR900 HDTV line, due out for release in the near future. The plasma TVs include the 42-inch TH-42PZR900, 46-inch TH-45PZR900 and 50-inch TH-50PZR900, all featuring built-in 1TB hard disk drives and YouTube support via their network and Internet compatibility Panasonic calls TV Net. Each TV is capable of 1920x1080 resolution and features a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. The hard drives, in the meantime, allow users to record up to 86 hours of BS digital broadcasts at 24Mbps or 121 hours of terrestrial digital broadcasting at 17Mbps.
Panasonic PZ850 plasmas
First announced in January, Panasonic's PZ850-series Viera plasmas have at last been given final details, prices and release dates. The sets are luxury models sized in 46, 50, 58 and 65-inch formats, and feature built-in Internet access, allowing users to view YouTube clips or Picasa photos without a separate player or interface. Support for more websites should be added automatically as Panasonic announces them.
New Hitachi LCDs, plasmas
Hitachi has announced a full nine new TVs for the Japanese market, under its Wooo branding. The core of these are the Wooo UT series of LCDs, coming in at 32, 37 and 42-inch sizes. While only the 37- and 40-inch sets support 1080p and Deep Color, all three have 120Hz refresh rates, and a 250GB hard drive. These sets should be out on June 7th, at prices of 270,000, 340,000 and 440,000 yen ($2,669, $3,362 and $4,350). Also out on that date will be the Wooo XVs, which are essentially identical to the UTs, but lack hard drives and in each circumstance are 100,000 yen cheaper.
Pioneer to halt plasma?
Electronics multinational Pioneer may be nearing an end to its plasma TV business, according to reports. The Japanese business paper Nikkei reports that the company may completely cease production of plasma panels as soon as this year, and instead turn to ones produced by Matsushita Electric Industrial, the world's largest plasma supplier. Pioneer representative Ema Suzuki, meanwhile, tells the Associated Press that the company is reviewing the nature of its plasma business, given faltering sales.
Vizio TVs, speakers
Vizio recently unveiled its Black Tie LCD TV line and an accompanying home theatre system, as well as seven new plasma HDTVs. The Black Tie lineup consists of the 42-inch SV42LF, and 47-inch SV47LF; the two models are defined by a 1080p screen resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Vizioís Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation technology can upscale any video framerate to 120 frames-per-second to match the TVís refresh rate. Four HDMI ports are available for use, with two located on the side for quick connection of HD game consoles or video cameras. The Black Tie series of LCD TVs will be available in July, the 42-inch model selling for $1500, and the 47-inch for $1900.
Laser, more TV tech at CES
Next month's Consumer Electronics Show, scheduled for January 7th to the 10th, may see the arrival of some long-awaited TV technologies, according to reports. Laser sets -- which are said to be lighter, less power-intensive and cover 90 percent of the visible color spectrum -- should finally make their public debut, as Mitsubishi has announced a formal unveiling. Models from Samsung and Mitsubishi were originally supposed to premiere by the end of 2007, but unspecified delays pushed the date forward.