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Panasonic Canada Launches 3D VIERA GT25 Plasma HDTVs

Panasonic Canada Inc. announced the launch of its GT25 Series of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs.

According to the statement, the VIERA GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma Series includes the new 42-inch (TC-P42GT25) set for $1,999.99 and 50-inch (TC-P50GT25) for $2,499.99. Both models will be available in late August 2010 and active shutter 3D eyewear required for viewing 3D content will be sold separately.

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Unedited press release follows:

New VIERA GT25 Full HD 3D Plasma Series Introduces New 42-inch Class and 50-inch Class Screen Sizes

MISSISSAUGA, ON (September 8, 2010) – Panasonic Canada Inc., a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D1 technology, announced today the expansion of its award-winning line of Full HD 3D VIERA® Plasma TVs with the launch of the Panasonic VIERA GT25 Series2. The new range augments Panasonic’s VT25 series (named Best in Show at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show), providing consumers with a broader product line and for the first time ever, Panasonic’s first 3D option in the 42-inch class (41.6-inches measured diagonally) set.

“From the beginning, Panasonic has been at the forefront of immersive 3D home entertainment offering consumers accessible, innovative, end-to-end solutions including Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs and 3D Blu-ray Disc Players, professional and consumer 3D camcorders, and 3D Blu-ray movies and content in cooperation with the Hollywood studios,” said Barry Murray, Panasonic Director of Marketing, A/V Entertainment. “The debut of our VIERA GT25 Series of Full HD 3D TVs expands our portfolio and meets the demands of consumer looking for state-of-the-art 3D technology.”

In addition to the new 42-inch class (TC-P42GT25) set at a manufacturer’s suggested price (MSP) of $1,999.99, the VIERA GT25 Series features the TC-P50GT25, a 50-inch class (49.9-inches measured diagonally) screen size at an MSP of $2,499.99. Both models will be available in late August 2010. Active Shutter 3D Eyewear required for viewing 3D content will be sold separately. Panasonic also markets 85-inch class, 103-inch class and 152-inch class professional Full HD 3D Plasma models.

While the VIERA® GT25 Series represents a new price point, the models include many of the same innovative features found on the critically-acclaimed VIERA VT25 models including Panasonic’s proprietary IPTV functionality, VIERA CAST™, which features USB connectivity allowing for the addition of a wireless LAN adaptor, keyboard and USB memory. VIERA CAST now includes such favourite entertainment sites as Google’s YouTube™, Picasa™ Web Album, Bloomberg, Twitter and a weather service, as well as Skype3™ on your VIERA TV. With ease of use as a major focus, VIERA CAST’s interface implements quick keyword input (like a cell phone) to help retrieve favourite content faster and easier.

Another prominent feature of the GT25 series that is also found in the VT25 series is VIERA Link™, which allows Panasonic owners to control their VIERA Link compatible audio and video products with just one remote. This feature also affords the consumer the opportunity to add a network camera to the mix. And THX® Certified Display certification insures that every Panasonic Full HD 3D TV displays motion pictures and television content with the quality and colour palette that the director intended.

Like its VT25 counterpart, the GT25 series also features 600Hz Sub-field Drive; 1080p Full HD resolution; 1080 lines of moving picture resolution; VIERA Image Viewer (for viewing of digital still images), 24p Cinematic Playback and new fast switching phosphors.

The GT25 Series also includes 2D to 3D conversion which can convert a 2D image or video to simulated 3D.

Panasonic’s range of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma HDTVs, when coupled with Panasonic’s 3D Blu-ray Disc players (DMP-BDT100 and the DMP-BDT350) bring a new era of immersive visual entertainment into consumers’ homes, by creating a 3D experience that easily rivals the best that can be seen in cinemas.

The new 3D technologies built into the GT Series also provide stunning performance when viewing regular 2D content.

1 Panasonic “Full HD 3D” is defined as follows:

* Compatible with 1080p 3D signal
* Panel has native resolution of 1920x1080p display
* Depending upon the model, different 3D signal processing is used

2 Current 3D content will be limited and may include certain Blu-ray Disc titles and satellite programming. Additional equipment and/or subscription fees may apply. 3D Blu-ray Disc player (sold separately) is required to view 3D Blu-ray Disc content and Active Shutter 3D Eyewear (sold separately) is required to view all 3D content.
3 Access to a broadband Internet connection is required. Panasonic’s Communication Camera (TY-CC10W) is required for Skype video functionality and is sold separately. Skype is not a replacement for traditional telephone service and cannot be used for emergency calling.

All prices are in Canadian dollars. All specifications are subject to change without notice.
Panasonic, Viera and Viera Link are registered trademarks and Viera Cast and Viera Image Viewer are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation.

All other trademarks are property of the respective owners.

Panasonic products are marketed in Canada by Panasonic Canada Inc. (PCI). PCI is an affiliate of Panasonic Corporation (PC) of Japan, one of the world’s largest producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business, and industrial use. Consumers seeking more information on the company’s products can call Panasonic’s Customer Care Centre at 1-800-561-5505 or access Panasonic’s home page at