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PANASONIC’S 2012 SMART VIERA PLASMA HDTV MODEL LINE-UP BUILDS UPON ITS AWARD WINNING TRADITION

2012 Models Focus on Enhancing the User’s TV Experience With Expanded VIERA Connect™ Internet Accessibility, Targeted Web Browser Support, Superior FULL HD 3D, Pristine Picture Quality and Eco Advances


LAS VEGAS, NV (January 9, 2012) – 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 a cloud-based architecture to increase the VIERA Connect IPTV platform to an unlimited number of apps, thereby cementing its reputation for creating innovative and cutting edge products and focusing on providing the consumer with the ultimate in home entertainment. New to select VIERA TVs is the inclusion of a browser, further enhancing the internet platform, as well as the addition of “3D Real Sound” with 8-Train Speakers to further enhance sound quality. In addition, Panasonic continues its commitment to the environment by improving the panel luminance efficiency, as well as producing mercury and lead free panels. To further improve the in-home 3D viewing experience, Panasonic introduced its latest generation of lightweight 3D glasses. Weighing only 27grams, the latest generation 3D glasses utilize Bluetooth technology and feature a rechargeable battery.

The six VIERA Plasma series, VT50, GT50, ST50, UT50, XT50, U50, feature self illuminating panels with ultimate black levels, NeoPlasma technologies(VT/GT/ST) providing a black filter with a higher efficiency panel that generates the best balance of black and white under brighter environments. The new Louver filter and new high performance panel result in improved external light shading, improved clarity and improved light transmittance. The 2012 models employ the NeoPlasma Black 2500 (VT/GT/ST/UT), a 6,220,800 pixel cells FULL local dimming, 24,576 steps of gradation technology (VT/GT) (previously only available in professional monitors), a new custom driver LSI and a fast switching phosphor panel on all of Panasonic’s 1080p 3D models.

Panasonic also continues its relationship with THX with six Full HD 3D Plasma HDTVs, certified in both 2D and 3D mode by the prestigious company founded by George Lucas. THX certification indicates to the consumer that the picture quality has been certified to meet the stringent standards of Hollywood’s top film makers.
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The VT50 series is the FULL HD 3D Plasma flagship series and is available in two screen sizes-
  • TC-P65VT50, 65-inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P55VT50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally)

These two top of the line TVs offers a revolutionary level of picture quality. FULL HD 3D; 1080p FULL HD resolution; Infinite Black Ultra Panel, Deep Black hues are achieved thanks to new and advanced pre-discharge technology; VIERA Connect with Web browser, and built-in Wi-Fi; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D → 3D conversion; 24,576 steps of gradation technology ;THX in both 2D and 3D modes; ISFccc Calibration Mode with Advanced Calibration. Calibrators adjust the detailed picture setting with the calibration software (CALMAN™) provided by SpectraCal Inc.

Social Networking TV function to allow users to access social network sites while simultaneously watching TV; Multitasking feature to switch between apps ; 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers; a new Louver Filter; a VIERA Touch Pad Controller; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link, a technology that utilizes HDMI-CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) and allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible A/V components using only the TV’s remote control; Media Player, allows one to view digital photos and HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card and USB Memory Stick; four HDMI connections and three USB ports. The VT50 series continues the design evolution as seen in last year’s VT30 series with a stunning one sheet of glass design. The Flat and lustrous, this single pane of glass is totally obstruction-free. It expresses a minimalist sense of beauty by stripping away all unnecessary elements with a newly designed gradation metal pedestal.
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The GT50 series includes four screen sizes –
  • TC-P50GT50, 50-inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P55GT50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P60GT50, 60-inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P65GT50, 65-inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally)

The series features FULL HD 3D; Infinite Black Pro Panel; VIERA Connect with Web browser and built-in Wi-Fi; 1080p FULL HD resolution; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D → 3D conversion; THX in both the 2D and 3D modes; 24,576 steps of gradation technology; Social Networking TV function; Multitasking; 3D Real Sound with 8 train speakers; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link; four HDMI connections and three USB ports. Additionally the GT50 models incorporate the glass & metal design – Stylish Metal Frame with a gradation metal pedestal.
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  • TC-P50ST50, 50-inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P55ST50, 55-inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P60ST30, 60-inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P65ST50, 65 inch class (64.7 inches measured diagonally)

The ST30 models include Infinite Black Pro Panel; VIERA Connect with Web browser and built-in Wi-Fi; 1080p FULL HD resolution; 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D → 3D conversion; Social Networking TV function; 3D Real Sound with 8-Train Speakers; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link, three HDMI connections and two USB ports.
UT50 SERIES

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There are four screen sizes in the UT50 series –
  • TC-P42UT50, 42 inch class (41.6 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P50UT50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P55UT50, 55 inch class (55.1 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P60UT50, 60 inch class (60.1 inches measured diagonally)

All offer FULL HD 3D; 1080p FULL HD resolution; VIERA Connect (Wi-Fi ready); 2500 FFD (Focused Field Drive); Fast Switching Phosphors; 2D → 3D conversion; Social Networking TV function; Media Player; Bluetooth; DLNA; VIERA Link; two HDMI connections and two USB ports.
XT50 SERIES

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The XT50 series provides the consumer with an affordable 3D solution with Online Movies feature, a service that provides select Panasonic's IPTV functionality by adding five of the most popular movies to the TV's internet functionality.
  • TC-P42XT50, 42 inch class (41.6 inches measured diagonally)
  • TC-P50XT50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally)

The XT50 series produce 720p resolution and features Online Movies, a service that provides select Panasonic's IPTV functionality by adding five of the most popular movies to the TV's internet functionality; 2D → 3D conversion; 600Hz Sub-field Drive; Bluetooth; Media Player; DLNA; VIERA Link; two HDMI and two USB connections.
U50 SERIES

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The TC-P50U50, 50 inch class (49.9 inches measured diagonally) is the lone non-3D in this year’s HDTV Plasma model line-up. The model features 1080p FULL HD resolution; Fast Switching Phosphors, Media Player; 600Hz Sub-Field Drive; Game Mode; two HDMI connections and one USB port.
Full press release - http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs...92012112511137
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:45 PM   #2
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And just to think I just got my GT30

They sound nice already. Should be interesting to hear first impressions!
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Wow, they look and sound amazing! I was planning on buying the 65''V30 this week but it might be wise to hold off. Hopefully the new V series doesn't have a crazy price tag. Anyone know the new retail prices?
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Old 01-10-2012, 02:46 AM   #4
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Wow, they look and sound amazing! I was planning on buying the 65''V30 this week but it might be wise to hold off. Hopefully the new V series doesn't have a crazy price tag. Anyone know the new retail prices?
Don't get your hopes up on the VT50 being very cheap. My guess is $2500-3k for the 55 and 3.4-3.7 for the 65. About what the VT30's were when they were rolled out in 2011.
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Wow, the new VTs look dope (design wise, I am sure the picture will be even better)!
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Wow, they look and sound amazing! I was planning on buying the 65''V30 this week but it might be wise to hold off. Hopefully the new V series doesn't have a crazy price tag. Anyone know the new retail prices?
If you wait for a little more months you could buy the vt30 series for even better price...So wait and watch and anything new in store will certainly have some bugs which will be rectified in due course.But at the moment the vt30 seems to be the best buy.And if one keeps waiting for newer models,one cannot decide to buy a new tv !

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Wow, what a crock. I could care less about all the stupid apps and web browsing. There's barely any mention of improvements to actual PQ.
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WOW VT50 looks incredible!
Engadget has a nice hands on preview
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Wow, they look and sound amazing! I was planning on buying the 65''V30 this week but it might be wise to hold off. Hopefully the new V series doesn't have a crazy price tag. Anyone know the new retail prices?
No retail prices yet as far as I know.

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What's new with the VT50 electronics, hardware, accessories, some new features and benefits

- Infinite Black Ultra Panel w/new drive scheme, called "Neo Plasma Black 2500"
- New super video processing chip set, dubbed the "Smart Viera" (GT50 and VT50 series only)
- Built-in web browser w/lots of new Internet applications (Red Karaoke, ifit Live, Vimeo, MySpace, Miramax Films, Snag Films, Flixster, and some golf game)
- New High-efficiency Louver Filter, named "Infinite Black Ultra"
- New Touch Remote
- New RF Bluetooth 3D glasses
- Built-in Wi Fi (no more RF external dongle)
- 3D Real Sound
- New Integrated Media Player
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If they don't finally fix their 50Hz issues they can cram their new TV's up their collective butts.
Also it'd be nice to have 96hz support on at least the GT series as well.
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This is the year I upgrade!
which model? time will tell. (55-65)
With just the blank TV pic, I'm impressed. (cheese puff)
apps aside, the new specs have me interested thoroughly. Looking forward to the gurus observations in the coming months.

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Wow,,,just wow!!
Is it possible to blind buy one of these? I say that only because my 58" 700u is still going strong! I think I might know where this year's tax refund is going.
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If they don't finally fix their 50Hz issues they can cram their new TV's up their collective butts.
Also it'd be nice to have 96hz support on at least the GT series as well.
D-Nice has stated that the new panels will be of interest to 50Hz users and that the new driving scheme is what will correct previous issues. Not sure if they've leapt from 600 subfields to 2500 subfields, but that's what I gather from reading the posts from the Panasonic insider at High Def Junkies.
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So should should I hold off even with getting a great deal on a 65''V30 or does everyone think the 2012 V50's will be MUCH better? I feel like a junkie needing his fix, but should I wait 4 more months and pay $1000 more for a2012?
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So should should I hold off even with getting a great deal on a 65''V30 or does everyone think the 2012 V50's will be MUCH better? I feel like a junkie needing his fix, but should I wait 4 more months and pay $1000 more for a2012?
This is my situation as well. I am thinking it may be closer to $1500.00 difference if it starts at $4300 again.
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So it does look like the top models have gone from 600Hz sub field processing to 2,500Hz sub field processing. Hope that translates into meaningful picture quality advancements.

Sounds like they have a proper 3D mode without using 3:2 as well.

But what's with the silver border on the VT series? We don't want to SEE the bezel you numbnuts!?!? What is so hard to understand about the concept of a picture floating in air?
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So should should I hold off even with getting a great deal on a 65''V30 or does everyone think the 2012 V50's will be MUCH better? I feel like a junkie needing his fix, but should I wait 4 more months and pay $1000 more for a2012?
That's up to you. I have the 65VT30 and it's great. Also the 65 inch won't be out until May the earliest most likely. So it really depends what you want. The physical improvements to the thinner bezel are minimal but very nice, and the 2,500 sub field drive is also interesting. Like I said. The VT30 is very good, I still am impressed every day I turn it on and it's only 2 months old.
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So should should I hold off even with getting a great deal on a 65''V30 or does everyone think the 2012 V50's will be MUCH better? I feel like a junkie needing his fix, but should I wait 4 more months and pay $1000 more for a2012?
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This is my situation as well. I am thinking it may be closer to $1500.00 difference if it starts at $4300 again.
There comes a point when you just need to say 'F-it' and buy a set. If you always look to the next best thing in electronics, you'll never buy anything. If I were in your situation, I'd get the 65VT30 now. It's truly an impressive set, and I can't see the VT50 being THAT much better ($1-1.5K). Of course, if you wait until this time next year, you'll be able to pick one up for the same price as the VT30 today. It's a never-ending cycle!
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