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HDTV Almanac - HDTV Sets Turn Green

By Alfred Poor • Feb 7 2011, 1:00pm

No, this is not an announcement of a major recall. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commissioned a study of energy use by flat panel HDTVs, covering 13″ to 65″ LCDs and 42″ to 65″ plasma sets. According to a press release, the results indicate that power consumption of LCD sets when in use dropped 63% [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sharp Goes for Elite Line

By Alfred Poor • Jan 28 2011, 1:00pm

Pioneer made top-of-the-line plasma HDTVs when it exited the television business. It was known for its Elite brand, which was sold through professional AV retailers. Sharp has now decided to resurrect the brand and license it for its own LCD HDTVs. Pioneer will still use the brand on its home theater products and Blu-ray players.
Presumably, [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #461: Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58″ 3D 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTV

By The HT Guys • Jan 14 2011, 10:15am

Ara has been watching his Panasonic TC-P58VT25 58-inch 3D 1080p VIERA Plasma HDTV (Street Price $2500) for about a month and thought it would be a good time for a review. When Ara purchased the TV it was going for about $2700, now you can buy it for about $2500.


LG Electronics' Flagship INFINIA PZ950 3D HDTV Headlines Expanded 2011 Plasma Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 7 2011, 12:27am

LG Electronics announced its expanded family of plasma HDTVs for 2011 today at the International Consumer Electronics Show (Booth #8205), a stunning line-up of seven new plasma series headlined by the Full HD 1080p INFINIA PZ950.

The INFINIA PZ950 – with its added online content options through LG SmartTV with Magic Motion Remote for easy navigation, THX Certified 3D display* and picture-enhancing technologies...


Samsung Unveils Broadest Range of Ultra-Slim, High Performance Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 6:18am

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., continued to raise the industry bar for plasma TVs with its extended plasma TV line-up of 16 new models across six product series.

Offering breathtaking picture quality, advanced connectivity options and superior audio-visual technologies, Samsung's 2011 ultra-slim plasma TVs add a touch of sophistication and style to any home. All new plasma TVs also offer...

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Panasonic's 2011 VIERA Plasma HDTV Model Line-Up Builds Upon Its Award Winning 2010 Line

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 6 2011, 5:51am

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, the industry and technology leader in High Definition Plasma televisions, introduced seven new models as part of the 2011 line of VIERA HDTV Plasmas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Building upon its reputation for producing award-winning Plasma HDTVs, the 2011 VIERA Plasma lineup features expanded IPTV functionality, improved picture quality and superior motion picture resolution.

Year after year, Panasonic has been dedicated to bringing new picture improving technologies to HDTVs and the 2011 line-up continues that philosophy. The educated consumer now demands blacker blacks, faster response time and the billions of colors that Panasonic Plasmas deliver. Panasonic has been recognized for having the deepest blacks in the industry and the 2011 models feature the Neo Plasma technologies, providing a new Infinite Black Filter with a higher efficiency panel that generates the best balance of black and white under brigh ...

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VUDU Goes Live on Panasonic's 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc™ Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 23 2010, 3:13am

SECAUCUS, N.J., Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a leader in Full HD 3D technology and built-in TV web entertainment and movie streaming service, VUDU™ announced that Panasonic's 2010 line of VIERA CAST™-enabled Blu-ray Disc™ Players(1) will offer instant streaming of VUDU's huge high definition movie library, including more than 4,000 Full HD (1080p) movies, beginning on November 24.

VUDU is a video-on-demand service offering instant streaming (no download time) of movies and TV programs through IPTV-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc Players with no computer or cable/satellite TV service required, and no subscription or monthly membership fees. VUDU boasts...


Consumer Reports: First-Ever Rankings of 3D Performance Show Plasmas Offer More Realistic Images Than LCDs

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 2 2010, 3:49am

YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In its first-ever ranking of 3D performance, Consumer Reports evaluated 14 3D TV models and found that plasma TVs are better at displaying 3D images than LCD sets, primarily because they exhibit less ghosting, or double images that appear even when wearing 3D glasses. Three plasma models from Panasonic exhibited the best 3D picture quality and the least ghosting of all the sets tested. The report appears in the December Annual Electronics issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Using exclusive 3D test patterns developed in-house, as well as 3D Blu-ray movies and recorded 3D sports broadcasts, Consumer Reports engineers found that...


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #440: Vizio XVT553SV LCD HDTV Review

By The HT Guys • Aug 27 2010, 6:22am

With football season just around the corner you may be in the market for a new HDTV to watch your favorite team try and make it to the Superbowl. We’ve seen a few technologies come and go and each of them try to produce a picture that’s as good as plasma. The latest is LED. The Vizio XVT553SV will run you about $1900 for the 55 inch version and its loaded with all kinds of goodies that we can finally say that Plasma may have finally met its match.


Panasonic Expands its Line of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Aug 17 2010, 3:19am

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D(1) 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 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs(2). The series will feature Panasonic's first 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally) Full HD 3D Plasma TV, broadening Panasonic's range of Full HD 3D TV offerings and addressing consumer requests for a smaller 3D set for video gaming.

The VIERA GT25 Series features 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally) and 50-inch class (49.9" measured diagonally) screen sizes. The TC-P42G25 will have an MSRP(3) of...

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HDTV Almanac - 3D to Dominate Plasma by 2013

By Alfred Poor • Jul 6 2010, 1:00pm

A press release from Displaybank predicts that by 2013, more than 86% of all plasma HDTVs sold will be 3D-ready. As the press release points out, it’s easier for plasma to support 3D than it is for LCD technology, because plasma has an innate advantage with its much higher switching speed. The result is that [...]


Panasonic Launches Full Suite of Large Format Full HD 3D Plasma Displays

By Shane Sturgeon • Jun 9 2010, 9:34pm

Panasonic Solutions Company, provider of collaboration, information-sharing and decision-support solutions for government and commercial enterprises, today marked the formal introduction of the highly anticipated Panasonic TH-152UX1 152-inch, 4K x 2K (4096 x 2160) resolution Full HD 3D plasma display, the world's largest1, at InfoComm. Equivalent to nine 50-inch screens, this stunning 17:9 display will immerse spectators in life-like, three-dimensional images and can illustrate even oversized products with life-size views.

Panasonic Solutions Company is also announcing...


HDTV Almanac - Amazon Explains 3DTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 29 2010, 1:00pm

There’s no doubt that 3DTV is creating a lot of buzz, but it’s also creating a lot of confusion. Do you need special 3D glasses to see the images? Can you get 3D on both plasma and LCD HDTVs? How does the 3D effect happen? Thousands of words have been written to answer these questions, [...]


HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Announces VT25 3D HDTV Series

By Alfred Poor • Apr 26 2010, 1:00pm

On Friday, Panasonic announced delivery dates and list prices for the VT25 Series plasma HDTVs, the newest line of VIERA models with 3DTV support.
- 50″ TC-P50VT25, list $2,599.95, ships May 3, 2010
- 54″ TC-P54VT25, list $2,999.95, ships May 3, 2010
- 58″ TC-P58VT25, list$3,399.95, ships June 2010
- 65″ TC-P65VT25, list $4,299.95, ships June 2010
These will join [...]


Panasonic Announces Pricing and Availability of VIERA VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 24 2010, 1:57am

Panasonic, a worldwide leader in Full HD 3D technology, announced today pricing and nationwide retail availability dates for its critically-acclaimed VIERA(TM) VT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs. The debut of the VT25 series will expand Panasonic's 3D offerings to four screens sizes with availability at a wide range of consumer electronics retailers.

The first VIERA VT25 models will be available...

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HDTV Almanac - Panasonic Plasmas Not So Smart?

By Alfred Poor • Feb 10 2010, 1:00pm

In a story last week, CNET broke the news that Panasonic has admitted to problem with rising black levels on some Viera models of their plasma HDTVs. Apparently there have been many consumer complaints about the increase in black level over time on these sets. Black level is important because it is perhaps the key [...]


HDTV Almanac - Prices Holding Steady

By Alfred Poor • Dec 28 2009, 1:00pm

If Santa didn’t put a flat screen in your stocking, you don’t need to cry or pout, as the good prices on LCD and plasma HDTVs seem to be hanging around like the extra pounds gained from holiday cheer. I’ve checked a couple price watch sites, and conducted my own unscientific scan of a stack [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #400: Black Friday Preview

By The HT Guys • Nov 20 2009, 7:16am

On today's show we will discuss the expected Black Friday deals we can all look forward to on the day after Thanksgiving. Last year the cheapest Blu Ray player was $128 and a 50 inch 720p plasma was going for $900. This year the cheapest Blu Ray player comes in at $78 and you can pick up a 50 inch 1080p plasma with a Blu Ray player for $1000. There are so many deals out there we can't talk about all of them. We selected a few we thought were mentioning so that you can plan out your Black Friday strategy.

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HDTV Almanac - 3M Promotes Energy Star for HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Nov 17 2009, 1:00pm

The HDTV world is flat and turning green. Plasma and LCD panels dominate, and now manufacturers are fighting over who can make the most environmentally-friendly televisions (since there are relatively few other meaningful differences among their features). And one of the key focal points for these efforts is to use less power. The good news [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Walmart Joins Early Sales Trend

By Alfred Poor • Nov 6 2009, 1:00pm

Early Black Friday sales are popping up all over, and Walmart is holding a one-day in-store sale tomorrow, Saturday November 7, starting at 8 AM. Quantities are limited, and you can’t buy more than two of some items, but here are some of the items that might get your attention. The 46″ 1080p plasma HDTV [...]