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PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FOR ITS EXPANDED 2011 VIERA® LCD/LED LINE-UP
LED Full HD 3D TVs Debut
SECAUCUS, NJ (March 1, 2011)- Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry and technology leader in High Definition and Full HD 3D technology, recently announced pricing and availability for its 2011 LCD/LED models. At the same time, Panasonic heralded the introduction of two LED Full HD 3D TVs to its expanded LCD/LED 2011 line-up. With a total of eight LED models in the VIERA LCD/LED line-up, the 2011 model array provides internet access via its proprietary VIERA Connect service, found on three models and Easy IPTV, a web entertainment solution that is available on five models.
Full HD 3D LCD-LED
For the 2011 Viera Full HD 3D line-up, Panasonic extended the immersive 3D technology to its LCD-LED line, with two models, the TC-L37DT30, a 37-inch class (37”measured diagonally) and the TC-L32DT30, a 32-inch class (31.5” measured diagonally). Both models benefit from an IPS Alpha LED panel – assuring a wide viewing angle and improved motion picture response; VIERA Connect featuring such robust entertainment, social media and interactive apps as Netflix™, Amazon VOD™, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Napster, Pandora, Facebook, Gameloft and access to sports sites MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS and more; Wi-Fi ready (includes LAN Adaptor); Viera Image Viewer to view JPEG digital photos and HD video recorded on an SD Memory card; DLNA compatibility; Viera link, making it possible to operate Audio/Video components from a single remote; four HDMI connections; three USB ports; a PC input; ISF Pro Setting Menu; 240Hz with Motion Picture Pro 5, providing fast motion picture response necessary to produce crisp, cross-talk free 3D images and a lower power consumption. The TC-L37DT30 will be available in April, with a SRP of $1299.95. The TC-L32DT30 will also be available in April, with a SRP of $1199.95.
The E3 series presents three screen sizes- the 32-inch class TC-L32E3 (31.5” measured diagonally), available in March ($699.95); the 37-inch class TC-L37E3 (37” measured diagonally), available in February ($799.95) and the 42-inch class TC-L42E3 (41.6” measured diagonally), available in March ($949.95). In addition to the IPS LED panel; the E3 series provides the consumer with four HDMI connections; two USB ports; DLNA connectivity and a PC input. The three E3 televisions utilize 60Hz technology with 1080p resolution. To further enhance the entertainment experience, the E3 series introduces Easy IPTV, a web entertainment solution offering 3 Movie sites – CinemaNow, Netflix, and Amazon; 2 Music sites – Napster and Pandora; 1 Social Networking site – Facebook. Also, the inclusion of Viera Image Viewer allows the user to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card.
The E30 series features the TC-L42E30, a 42-inch class (41.6” measured diagonally) HDTV featuring an IPS Alpha panel with LED backlighting and 120 Hz Motion Picture Pro 4, for fast motion response speeds. In addition, the TC-L42E30 also offers Easy IPTV providing multiple entertainment solutions for the customer. The TC-L42E30 easily connects to other CE devices by offering four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, DLNA connectivity and a PC input. The Viera Image Viewer allows the user to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card.
The TC-L42E30 also features a clear panel to enhance contrast and reduce ambient light reflections. The model will be available in February with a SRP of $1099.95.
The top of the line LCD/LED TC-L42D30, a 42-inch class (41.6” measured diagonally), available in April ($1149.95) features a 1080p IPS Alpha panel with 120Hz Motion Picture Pro 4 technology contributing to the set’s overall pristine picture quality. In addition, the new flush glass design adds a sleek, fresh cosmetic to the TV. To enhance and expand the entertainment quotient, Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV solution VIERA Connect is featured. The TC-L42D30 also includes the Viera Image Viewer, providing the consumer with an easy method to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recoded on a SD Memory Card.
The TC-L19C30, a 19-inch class (19” measured diagonally), is a 720p IPS Alpha panel that will be available in May with a SRP of $249.95.
The TC-L32C3, a 32-inch class (31.5” measured diagonally) HDTV is a 720p HDTV with the IPS Alpha Panel. In addition, the LCD TV features two HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link. The TC-L32C3 will be available in March, 2011, with a SRP of $399.95. The TC-L24C3 is a 24 –inch class (24” measured diagonally) featuring Viera link and Viera Image Viewer, and will be available in June with a SRP of $299.95.
The LCD U3 series includes two models, the 37-inch class (37” measured diagonally) TC-L37U3, currently available ($599.95) and the TC-L32U3, a 32-inch class (31.5” measured diagonally) HDTV, available in March with a SRP of $499.95. These two LCD HDTVs deliver 1080p Full HD resolution with a 60Hz IPS Alpha Panel and include three HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link.
The U30 series features one 1080p model – the TC-L42U30, a 42-inch class (41.6” measured diagonally). Featuring an IPS Panel; three HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Link and Viera Image Viewer, the TC-L42U30 introduces 120Hz with Motion Picture Pro 4 to the LCD line. The TC-L42U30 is currently available with a SRP of $799.95.
The TC-L32X30, a 32-inch class (31.5” measured diagonally), 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV with the IPS Alpha Panel, continues to offer the popular iPod/iPhone Entertainment kit, allowing the user to connect their device directly to the TV. The TC-L32X30 also includes Easy IPTV; DLNA compatibility; Viera Image Viewer H.264, providing the consumer with ability to view digital still photos and H.264 HD movies recorded on a SD Memory card; Viera Link; three HDMI connectors; a USB port and a PC Input. The TC-L32X30 will be available in March. SRP is $499.95.
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s Eco Ideas programs.