Panasonic expanded its line of Full HD 3D VIERA Plasma TVs with the launch of the Panasonic VIERA GT25 Series of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs.
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-P42GT25 will have an MSRP3 of $1699.95 and the TC-P50GT25 will have an MSRP of $2099.95. Both models will be available in late August 2010. Active Shutter 3D Eyewear required for viewing 3D content is sold separately.
The VIERA GT25 series augments Panasonic?s VT25 series (named Best in Show at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show) of Full HD 3D Plasma TVs providing consumers with a broader product line which now ranges from 42-inch class through 65-inch class screen sizes. 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 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 favorite entertainment sites as Amazon Video-on-Demand, Netflix, Google?s YouTube, Picasa Web Album, Bloomberg, Pandora, Twitter and a weather service, as well as Skype 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 favorite 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 color 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 3D.
Panasonic also announced the activation of Twitter on Panasonic VIERA CAST enabled HDTVs. Twitter will also be available on VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc Players at a later date, the company added. The planned addition of Twitter, a real-time global information network, was announced in January at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
For 2010 VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs, Panasonic also introduced USB connectivity which enables the addition of a wireless LAN adaptor (802.11b or faster), a keyboard for more efficient site navigation and communication, and USB memory which supports AVCHD video and JPEG photos. VIERA CAST requires no external box or PC2 and is accessed via a single button on the television remote control. There is no fee to use the VIERA CAST functionality (some VIERA CAST services such as VOD have a separate fee structure).
Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV?s featuring VIERA CAST:
? VT25 and VT20 Series of Full HD 3D Plasmas
? G25 Series
? G20 Series
Panasonic Blu-ray Disc Players featuring VIERA CAST (Twitter not yet available):
? DMP-BDT350 (Full HD 3D)
? DMP-BDT300 (Full HD 3D)
? DMP-B500 (Portable)