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PANASONIC UNVEILS STUNNING DESIGN INNOVATIONS AND CUTTING-EGDE FEATURES ON SMART VIERA® 2013 LED MODELS
All-LED Line-up Features Expanded VIERA Connect™, Ultimate Picture Quality, Increased Connectivity and Personalization Options, Cutting-Edge Design
MISSISSAUGA, ON (March 20, 2013) – Panasonic Canada Inc. today unveiled the new 2013 lineup of Smart VIERA LED HDTVs that redefine the home entertainment experience and add simplicity and luxury to the home. The 2013 VIERA LED product line achieves the ultimate in advanced design with outstanding picture quality, easy operation and enhanced connectivity and personalization options.
“Panasonic’s new LED models transform the home, creating not only the ultimate viewing experience, but the finest in design innovation, allowing the television to become the centerpiece of the home”, said Barry Murray, Director, AV Entertainment, Panasonic Canada Inc. “We’re committed to pushing the envelope in terms of form and functionality while maintaining our strong commitment to producing the most environmentally-friendly products.”
The 2013 Smart VIERA LED line-up features:
My Home Screen – a personalization function that allows each user in the home create their own personal home screen, giving them quick access to their favourite content. (2013 VIERA WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series)
Swipe & Share 2.0 – a connectivity enhancement that transforms the TV into a hub for streaming and sharing photo and video content seamlessly with Smartphone and Tablet devices. Swipe & Share also enables sharing of user-generated photos and videos that are on the large screen with other Android or iOS devices. Through Panasonic’s networking platform, users can transfer personal photos and videos from their Android or iOS devices directly to the large screen with a simple swipe of the finger and transfer them back to their smart devices the same way. (2013 VIERA® WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series)
Voice Interaction – offers easy voice operation by simply saying a key word into the Smart VIERA Touch Pad Controller or Smartphone (VIERA Remote 2 App must be installed), the search result is displayed on the VIERA HDTV screen and also verbally read out. (2013 VIERA WT60 and DT60 Series)
Voice Guidance – an accessibility function that uses text to speech functions to verbalize text content (AV input, program guide and SNS messages) as it appears on your TV. (2013 VIERA WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series)
Representing the latest engineering technologies, the 2013 lineup achieves the ultimate in modern design. Panasonic’s enhanced IPS Panel and processing technology delivers a wide viewing angle with almost no picture degradation. Twice backlight scanning motion and improved contrast ratio with finer local dimming control contribute to crisp and superior picture quality with improved colour accuracy.
Committed to producing products that are mindful of the environment, Panasonic’s new and improved high efficient VIERA LED HDTVs reduce power consumption up to 15 per cent vs. 2012 models. Panasonic’s new LED models are Energy Star 6.0 certified. (except the VIERA B6 Series 50-inch class and 39-inch class models).
The WT60 series is Panasonic’s FULL HD 3D IPS LED flagship series, and is available in two screen sizes – the TC-L47WT60, 47-inch class and the TC-L55WT60, 55-inch class.
The WT60 is equipped with 1080p resolution and a wide viewing angle. The 2D-3D conversion transforms 2D content to 3D Images in real-time, and local dimming and Clear Panel Pro further enhance picture quality. The models feature three HDMI ports, allowing for 3D video and audio features. In addition, the panel’s backlight scanning utilizes 4200 BLS technology, which provides a clearer picture to enjoy fast-moving scenes. The WT60 also features Panasonic’s first-ever built in camera for enhanced connectivity with VIERA ConnectTM apps and technologies.
The WT60 Series features a minimalist approach to cosmetic design including a super slim front bezel, a clear pedestal with elegant metal trim that supports a “floating design” concept. Also equipped with Panasonic’s proprietary VIERA Connect platform, the set is Panasonic’s most connected TV ever.
Further enhancements for 2013 include My Home Screen, Swipe and Share 2.0, and Voice Interaction / Guidance and Skype capability through the new built-in camera. Picture performance can also be optimized through the set’s ISFccc Calibration Mode with Advanced Calibration. This provides qualified calibrators the ability to adjust detailed picture settings with the calibration software (CALMAN™) provided by SpectraCal Inc.
The complete line-up of 2013 models includes:
Model No. Price (RRP) Availability
TC-L55WT60 $2,999.99 May/June
TC-L47WT60 $2,499.99 May
TC-L60DT60 $2,799.99 April
TC-L55DT60 $2,299.99 April
TC-L55ET60 $1,999.99 March
TC-L50ET60 $1,699.99 March
TC-L47ET60 $1,299.99 March
TC-L42ET60 $1,099.99 March
TC-L65E60 $2,999.99 May
TC-L58E60 $1,799.99 April
TC-L50E60 $1,499.99 March
TC-L42E60 $899.99 April
TC-L42EW60 $899.99 June
TC-L50EM60 $1,199.99 April
TC-L39EM60 $699.99 April
TC-L32XM6 $469.99 March
TC-L50B6 $999.99 March
TC-L39B6 $599.99 April
TC-L32B6 $399.99 March
Panasonic products are marketed in Canada by Panasonic Canada Inc. (PCI). PCI is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, 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 www.panasonic.ca.