Panasonic has just finished its press conference at CES in Las Vegas and announced its new 2013 lineup of Blu-ray disc players, plasma HDTVs and VIERA LED/LCD models.
New 3D-Capable Players
Panasonic introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc Player lineup with two new Full HD 3D models - the DMP-BDT330, DMP-BDT230, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc Players - the DMP-BD89 and DMP-BD79.
The 3D-capable models include Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect, while the 2D models feature IP VOD, a service that offers a limited selection of such sites as Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, CinemaNow and YouTube.
A new feature, Display Mirroring, takes into account the increased smartphone and tablet use while viewing programming on your TV. Now with a flick of the hand, users can take content on their smartphone or tablet (Android 4.2) operating system or higher) and view the same images, videos or games on a large screen. Display Mirroring is available on the BDT330 as well as the BDT230.
The BDT220 features built-in Wi-Fi, 2D-3D conversion, a web browser with pointer cursor, and Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect.
All 2013 Blu-ray Disc Players include built-in Wi-Fi with the exception of the BD79 which is wireless-ready.
Panasonic's line of Blu-ray Players also features high-quality network audio (DLNA compatable) as well as 192kHz/32bit Audio DAC on the 3D-capable models (BDT500) and built-in 4K up-scaling (BDT330). Additionally the BDT500, BBT01, BDT330 and BDT230 feature 2D-3D conversion for any content and the BDT500 and BDT330 models also include twin HDMI ports.
The two new 3D-capable Blu-ray models include Miracast - a display mirroring feature which enables users to transfer their own photos and videos captured on Smartphone and Tablet devices to their HDTV screen with the swipe of a finger. The 3D-capable Blu-ray models also feature a Web Browser with pointer cursor for easy maneuvering, while all models in the 2013 lineup also feature external HDD Playback and personalized menu options on the Blu-ray lineup.
The Panasonic 2013 Blu-ray Players will be available in February 2013.
New streaming players
The Japanese company also launched two new streaming media players, the DMP-MST60 and the DMP-MS10 featuring VIERA Connect and IP VOD respectively. The two media players feature VOD up-conversion and DLNA certification with other networking and video quality features.
Panasonic's 3D-capable streaming media player, the MST60, features Panasonic's proprietary IPTV platform, VIERA Connect. The MS10 includes built-in Wi-Fi and contains access to IP VOD, giving users the ability to stream many of their favorite TV shows, movies and music from a variety of applications including Netflix, Hulu Plus, CinemaNow, Vudu, Amazon Instant Video and YouTube. The MST60 includes a Web browser with cursor, while both models feature Miracast, external HDD Playback, and a 2D-3D conversion function.
Panasonic's streaming media players also feature display mirroring. They will be available in February 2013.
2013 Smart VIERA plasma HDTVs
Panasonic's 2013 line of Smart VIERA Plasma HDTVs includes 16 models ranging from 42-inch class to 65-inch class.
The 2013 Smart VIERA Plasma line-up features:
- My Home Screen - a personalization function that allows each user in the home to create their own personal home screen giving them quick access to their favorite content. (2013 VIERA ZT60, VT60, and ST60 Series)
- Swipe & Share 2.0 - a connectivity enhancement that transforms the TV into a hub for streaming and sharing photo and video content with Smartphone and Tablet devices. Through Panasonic's proprietary VIERA Connect 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. Swipe & Share also enables sharing of user-generated photos and videos that are on the large screen with other Android or iOS devices. (2013 VIERA ZT60, VT60, and ST60 Series)
- Touch Pen - a design feature which allows users to add their own writing to their photos on screen and transfer them back to their smart devices using the optional Electronic Touch Pen (TY-TP10U) accessory. (2013 VIERA ZT60, VT60, ST60, and S60 Series)
- Voice Guidance - an accessibility function that uses text to speech functions to verbalize text content as it appears on your TV. (2013 VIERA ZT60 and VT60)
- Voice Interaction - 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 ZT60 and VT60 Series)
The Smart VIERA ZT60, VT60, ST60 Series models also include a web browser with built-in Wireless LAN and the VT60 will also feature Panasonic's first-ever built-in camera. In addition, each new Smart VIERA HDTV offers an enhanced VIERA Connect platform including more options for streaming video content, social networking features, fully-integrated apps, and search features.
The new VIERA ZT60 Plasma Series is equipped with a master studio panel, producing deep black levels. With the addition of a new Louver filter, the ZT Series line delivers improved external light shading, clarity and light transmittance. The new panel also reduces reflectionss.
The VT60 Series includes built-in side speakers, and a thin metal pedestal with one sheet of glass featured on the ZT and VT Series models delivers a minimalist aesthetics and design. The ZT60 and VT60 Series models are also equipped with a Dual Core with Hexa Processing Engine.
The ZT60 series is Panasonic's Full HD 3D Plasma flagship series and is available in two screen sizes - the TC-P65ZT60, 65-inch class and the TC-P60ZT60, 60-inch class.
With 1080p resolution, the ZT60 series comes with advanced features for connectivity including My Home Screen, Swipe and Share 2.0, Touch Pad Controller, three HDMI and three USB connectors, along with VIERA Connect. 2D-3D conversion transforms 2D content to 3D images in real-time. The ZT Series also includes two pairs of Active Shutter 3D Eyewear.
The VIERA ZT60 Series promises to offer ultimate black color, contrast and crystal crisp picture thanks to the new Studio Master Panel with newly developed panel driving method and panel structure with direct glass layer. The front glass is directly attached to the Plasma panel itself by Panasonic's crafting methods. As a result of the improvement, dim and double images are cut off by eliminating the air gap layer between the front glass and Plasma panel.
3000 Focused-field Drive also produces image resolution of 1080 lines for 2D images.
A wider color gamut (DCI 98% Color Space) is achieved thanks to a newly developed pure red phosphor. The ZT60 features THX in both 2D and 3D modes as well as ISFccc Calibration Mode with Advanced Calibration. Calibrators adjust the detailed picture setting with calibration software (CALMAN ) provided by SpectraCal Inc.
In addition to picture quality, operation and usability of the VIERA ZT60 Series is also refined with Voice control and easy web search are achieved based on voice recognition technology in combination with new touch pad remote controller with microphone. Also, text to speech function offers voice guidance for convenient usage of the web browser. In addition, the painting and retouching function based on Panasonic's newly developed Touch Pen technology.
The ZT60 Series offers advanced network functions via VIERA Connect. Multi-tasking allows simultaneous use of apps from seven categories, including YouTube, Skype and Facebook. Web browser capability makes it easy to use the Internet from the TV. DLNA, Wireless LAN and Bluetooth are also supported for a high level of convenience.
A newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process give the Plasma panel longevity of up to 100,000 hours before the brightness of the panel decreases to half. This is more than 30 years of viewing when watched 8 hours a day.
The VT60 series includes three screen sizes - the TC-P55VT60, 55-inch class; TC-P60VT60, 60-inch class; and TC-P65VT60, 65-inch class.
The VT60 Series is combining built-in side speakers and a built-in camera with a Full HD 3D display delivering 1080p resolution via an Infinite Black Ultra Panel. Similar to the ZT60 series, the VT60 models are equipped with connectivity features including VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, built-in Wireless LAN and Web Browser, Swipe and Share 2.0. The VT60 Series also includes a Touch Pad Controller and voice interaction with three HDMI and three USB connectors. The VT60 Series also includes two pairs of Active Shutter 3D Eyewear. 3000 Focused-field Drive technology produces image resolution of 1080 lines for 2D images. The VT60 also features THX in both 2D and 3D modes as well as ISFccc Calibration Mode with Advanced Calibration.
The TC-P50ST60, 50-inch class; TC-P55ST60, 55-inch class; TC-P60ST60, 60-inch class and TC-P65ST60, 65 inch class comprise the ST60 series of Full HD 3D VIERA HDTVs.
The ST60 models include Infinite Black Pro Panel with 2500 Focused Field Drive and 1080p Full HD resolution. The ST60 Series features VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, a Web Browser, Swipe and Share 2.0, and voice guidance. The series includes three HDMI connections, two USB ports and two pairs of Active Shutter 3D Eyewear.
The S60 Series is one of two non-3D models in this year's HDTV Plasma lineup.
There are five screen sizes in the S60 Series ? the TC-P42S60, 42-inch class; TC-P50S60, 50-inch class; TC-P55S60, 55-inch class; TC-P60S60, 60-inch class; and TC-P65S60, 65-inch class.
The S60 Series includes an Online Movies feature -- a service that provides select IPTV functionality by offering access to popular applications for streaming movies and other videos. All S60 models offer 1080p Full HD resolution, built-in Wireless LAN, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, Media Player; DLNA, VIERA Link, two HDMI connections and two USB ports.
The X60 Series is one of two non-3D models in this year's HDTV Plasma lineup.
There are two screen sizes in the X60 Series -- the TC-P42X60, 42-inch class and TC-P50X60, 50-inch class. The X60 offers 720p HD resolution; Media Player; 600Hz Sub-Field Drive; Game Mode; two HDMI connections and one USB port.
Panasonic's line of 2013 VIERA Plasma HDTVs will be available starting in February 2013.
VIERA 2013 LED Models
For 2013, all Panasonic VIERA LCD models are LED.
The new Smart VIERA LED/LCD line-up features:
- My Home Screen - 2013 VIERA WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series
- Swipe & Share 2.0 - 2013 VIERA WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series)
- Voice Guidance 2013 VIERA WT60, DT60, ET60, and E60 Series
- Voice Interaction - 2013 VIERA WT60 and DT60 Series
Panasonic's enhanced IPS Panel 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 higher picture quality with improved color accuracy. 4200 Backlight Scanning technology reduces motion blur and loss of detail in fast-moving images, along with 1080p resolution and dot noise reduction.
The WT60 series is the FULL HD 3D, IPS LED LCD 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. 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 a built in camera for enhanced connectivity with VIERA Connect apps and technologies.
The WT60 Series is also equipped with VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, Swipe and Share 2.0, and Voice Interaction / Guidance.
The DT60 series includes two screen sizes ? the TC-L55DT60, 55-inch class and TC-L60DT60, 60-inch class.
The DT60 series promises a clear viewing experience at virtually any angle with 1080p FULL HD resolution and a 178 degree wide viewing angle. The DT60 Series is equipped with enhanced connectivity features, including VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, Swipe and Share 2.0, Voice Interaction /Recognition, with three HDMI and three USB ports, and a Dual Core with Hexa Processing Engine. In addition, the 55-inch class model's backlight scanning utilizes up to 1920 BLS technology while the 60-inch class model utilizes up to 1200 BLS.
The TC-L50ET60, 50-inch class and TC-L55ET60, 55-inch class comprise the ET60 series of FULL HD 3D IPS LED LCD TVs. The ET60 models include 1080p FULL HD resolution and 2D-3D conversion. The series also features VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, built In Wireless LAN, Swipe and Share 2.0, Voice Guidance, 3 HDMI connections and 2 USB ports. In addition, ET60 Series' backlight scanning utilizes up to 720 BLS.
The TC-L42E60, 42-inch class; TC-L50E60, 50-inch class; TC-L58E60, 58-inch class and the TC-L65E60, 65-inch class comprise the E60 series of FULL HD 3D LED LCD TVs. The E60 models include 1080p FULL HD resolution and dot noise reduction, 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports, VIERA Connect, My Home Screen, built in Wireless LAN, Voice Guidance and Swipe and Share 2.0. In addition, E60 Series' backlight scanning utilizes up to 240 BLB.
The EM60 series provides the consumer with 1080p resolution, slim LED and narrow bezel design. There are two screen sizes in the EM60 series ? the TC-L39EM60, 39-inch class and TC-L50EM60, 50-inch class. All offer media player, with two HDMI connections and one USB port. Dot noise reduction technology enhances image quality of content. In addition, EM60 Series' backlight scanning utilizes up to 240 BLB.
The TC-L32XM6, 32-inch class model features 720p resolution with two HDMI connections with one USB port.
The TC-L32B6, 32-inch class model features 720p resolution, and the TC-L39B6, 39-inch class model and TC-L50B6, 50-inch class model feature 1080p resolution. The entire B6 series is equipped with two HDMI connections with one USB port. Dot noise reduction technology enhances image quality of content.
The Panasonic 2013 VIERA LED LCD HDTVs will be available in the spring of 2013.
Finally, Panasonic introduced wireless bone-conduction headphones. The headphones connect to a TV via the Bluetooth wireless standard and attach to your head like a normal set of headphones. But instead of using your ears, the headphones work like hearing aids by transmitting sound waves through your skull.