‘Connected,’ ‘3D’ are Bywords of Panasonic’s 2011 LinesMarch 1, 2011 By Nancy Klosek
The 42-inch LED TC-L42 E30 (120Hz) and the three-model LED E3 (60Hz) series both feature Easy IPTV instead of VIERA Connect.
In LCD, Panasonic is offering the 120 Hz U30 and 60 Hz U3 series. And it is also supplying a 720p 60Hz SKU, the TC-L32X30 ($499.95), with Easy IPTV.
• Accompanying the model introductions are two-week retail promotions starting April 3 and offering a free bonus wireless USB adapter to purchasers of Easy IPTV models and a free Skype connection camera to VIERA Connect TV buyers.
• Panasonic’s three standalone 3D Blu-ray players – which also feature 2D-to-3D conversion and will be iPhone/iPad remote controllable when the app becomes available – also carry a “video voicemail” feature that works with Skype and makes the recipient aware of the message via a blinking light on the front of the player. The top-line DMP-BDT310 ($249) and the step-down 210 offer built-in Wi-Fi and a touch-free sensor for hands-free opening and closing of the unit.
The models feature a 35 percent smaller chassis size, 50 percent smaller packaging and a 48 percent reduction in power usage.
• In audio home theater in a box (HTiB) offerings, the 3D BTT770 flagship was introduced ($599.99). It offers 2D-to-3D conversion and Skype capability.
A new, mirror-finish soundbar/wireless subwoofer system with 3D pass-through, the SC-HTB520, also debuted and will ship in April.