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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #609: Black Friday Preview 2013

By The HT Guys • Nov 15 2013, 9:08am

As the years come and go, one thing remains the same, Black Friday has some killer good deals for the home theater enthusiast. In 2008 the cheapest Blu-ray player was $128 and a 50-inch 720p plasma was going for $900. In 2009 the Blu-ray player price dropped to $78 and you could get a 50-inch 1080p plasma with a Blu-ray player for $1000. In 2013, it seems like you can get all of that, and more, for less than $1000.

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HDTV Expert - It’s “Fade To Black” for Plasma and Projectors in Japan

By Pete Putman • Oct 18 2013, 8:29pm

Panasonic's giving up on plasma displays; Mitsubishi's giving up on projectors. Who will be the next to throw in the towel?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #584: Plasma vs LED

By The HT Guys • May 24 2013, 6:03am

We have been talking about the demise of plasma for at least three years. But with each passing year manufacturers come out with plasma TVs that are simply the best TVs on the market. In a CNET article titled Best HDTVs Overall, the top 5 TVs were plasma, and that doesn't even include the forthcoming Panasonic ZT60 which won best of show at CES. In the following paragraphs we'll try to compare and contrast the plasma and LED LCDs and see if there is a real reason why LEDs are putting plasma out of business.

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HDTV Expert - Panasonic Shows Best Plasma TV Set the World has ever Seen

By Ken Werner • Apr 18 2013, 10:28pm

Some Asian news organizations published stories earlier this year that Panasonic was leaving the plasma TV business, leaving the plasma panel business, getting out of the TV business entirely, or just getting out of the panel business and buying panels from outside to put into its TV sets.
None of these stories were or are true.
It was one [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #565: CES 2013 Wrapup

By The HT Guys • Jan 11 2013, 6:54am

Another CES has come and gone. At the risk of being permanently banned, we've brought back everything we saw and did in Vegas to share it with everyone who couldn't be there. As with every CES, we saw some amazing things and some not so impressive ones as well. Big themes from this year were: 3D is waning, 4K (UltraHD) is emerging, and Plasma may be on the verge of a comeback.

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Panasonic Unveils Enhanced 2013 Smart VIERA Plasma HDTV Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 12:33am

Panasonic, an industry and technology leader in High Definition and Smart TV technology, introduces its 2013 line of Smart VIERA® Plasma HDTVs. Continuing its tradition of developing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic has introduced an enhanced 2013 lineup built around user personalization and advanced networking features, increased connectivity, re-mastered picture quality, and stunning design elements. Ranging from 42-inch class to 65-inch class, the 16 new models provide the highest quality picture and breadth of viewing options directly to the consumer.

Building on its reputation for creating innovative products, Panasonic's 2013 VIERA televisions have become more than a screen, now functioning as an extension of all lifestyle and mobile devices.

The 2013 Smart VIERA Plasma line-up features...


HDTV Expert - Plasma Totters; OLED Delayed – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 20 2012, 11:53pm

Panasonic may be abandoning plasma faster than many analysts anticipated, and Samsung and LG may be pushing 4Kx2K next year at the expense of OLED.


HDTV Expert - Buy a Plasma TV While You Can – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 6:27pm

Videophiles prefer plasma TV to LCD, and plasma rates higher than LCD in side-by-side testing.  In addition, large-sized plasmas are less expensive than comparable LCDs, and their greater refresh rate allows them to produce cleaner 3D images.  Nonetheless, the days of plasma TV are numbered.
As consultant David Barnes observes, you need look no farther than [...]


HDTV Almanac - Best Buy: $10 per Inch for 50″ LCD

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2012, 1:00pm

This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500. Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Dozen-Foot Diagonal Display

By Alfred Poor • May 2 2012, 1:00pm

Once again, Panasonic has move the goalposts in the “Mine Is Bigger than Yours” contest. The latest is a 145-inch diagonal plasma television; that’s more than 12 feet from corner to corner. According to a news report by Tech-On, the behemoth was a joint effort with NHK (Japan Broadcasting System) and was produced in one [...]

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Smartphones, HDTVs Are the Most Planned CE Purchases This Year, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2012, 4:25pm

Smartphones and HDTVs are the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S. households plan to purchase over the next 12 months, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that household penetration rates for tablet computers will see their largest growth this year.

Smartphones will be the...

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HDTV Expert - Panasonic’s 2012 Home Entertainment Media Briefing – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 28 2012, 4:08pm

Panasonic's current TV lineup includes LCD, plasma, active shutter 3DTV, AND passive 3DTV in all sizes. So, what's the 2012 marketing strategy — something for everyone?

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Panasonic's 2012 Smart VIERA Plasma HDTV Model Line-Up Builds Upon Its Award Winning Tradition

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:22am

Continuing its history and tradition of producing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America (NYSE: PC), the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced the company's 2012 Smart VIERA line of HDTV Plasmas defining the core of a new IPTV lifestyle at the Consumer Electronics Show. The advent of Smart VIERA HDTV centers on five main points: Networking, Easy Operation, Picture Quality, Eco and Design elements. With 17 new models, ranging in screen sizes from 42-inches to 65 inches, Panasonic expanded its 3D line-up for 2012.

Also new for 2012 is...


Samsung Smart LED and Plasma TVs Usher in a New Era of Connectivity and Control

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:39am

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled new innovations in its latest LED and Plasma TV series that will redefine the way consumers manage their home entertainment experience, interact with their smart TVs and other devices and access the industry's broadest range of content.
  • Smart Interaction - Launch and use apps more easily through Motion Control, Voice Control and Face Recognition.
  • Smart Content - Share photos, memories and memos with family from the TV to the cloud to smart devices, manage your own health directly from the TV, and access educational content for kids. The industry's broadest offering of movies, TV shows and streaming videos can be enjoyed via Samsung Apps, the industry's preferred TV apps platform, and Samsung Media Hub. Samsung Smart Hub offers true multi-tasking – surf the web while using or downloading multiple apps simultaneously.
  • Smart Evolution - Select Samsung TVs in 2012 will ...

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HDTV Expert - Sneak Peek: Panasonic’s TH-42BT300U Reference-Grade Plasma Monitor

By Pete Putman • Sep 15 2011, 7:00pm

It's about as accurate as any flat-panel display can get.

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Panasonic Launches TH-65VX300U Professional Plasma Display

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:45am

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today announced the TH-65VX300U – the newest addition to Panasonic's family of HD Professional Plasma Displays. The 65" display's color reproduction approaches digital cinema standards making it ideal for both the home theater and post-production markets.

The display's ultra high-speed drive technology achieves clear and extremely detailed 3D video and also enhances 2D content. The advanced drive provides...

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HDTV Almanac - Samung First in U.S. for Plasma HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 6 2011, 1:00pm

Panasonic is the company that appears to have made the double-down bet on plasma televisions, but according to a release last month, the NPD Group cites Samsung as the top-selling brand of plasma HDTVs in the U.S. for the first four months of this year.
According to NPD’s figures, Samsung was also first in unit sales [...]


Samsung Announces That Plasma is Now Bigger Than Ever with the Availability of 2011 Plasma TV Line and Introduction of Plasma+1 Design

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 18 2011, 3:30am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, today announced the U.S. availability, pricing and additional product details for its new plasma TV portfolio. The 2011 line represents the company's broadest range of plasma TVs, with 15 new models across six product series. Its new Plasma+1 narrow bezel design delivers even larger screen sizes than previously available so consumers can enjoy an outstanding immersive experience.

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HDTV Expert - Product Review: Samsung PN50C8000 3D Plasma TV

By Pete Putman • Mar 8 2011, 4:08pm

While LCD TVs dominate the marketplace, they’re not the best way to show 3D on a direct view TV – plasma is. And this review will show you why I think so.

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Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability for Its Award Winning 2011 Plasma Model Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Mar 2 2011, 3:42am

Driving the resurgence of Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry and technology leader in High Definition and Full HD 3D televisions, recently announced pricing and availability for its award winning 2011 Viera Plasma line-up. This announcement coincides with Display Search's recent analysis and conclusion that 2010 was a great year for Plasma TV panels, with shipments growing on a Year/Year basis every quarter since Q4 '09. NPD also produced data showing a growth in Plasma sales.

In a February 3, 2011 report – Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, Display Search reported...