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Panasonic Viera V series TVs add 3D, Skype HD

3D Ready, Skype enabled TVs to arrive this spring

Panasonic 3D video camera

It all begins here… Panasonic claims that it is the only company to offer end-to-end 3D solutions: from filming, to broadcast and to Blu-ray and TV

Panasonic has revealed that its Viera V series of plasma HD TVs will be 3D Ready, and feature high-definition Skype video calling.

Panasonic said that Skype would be teaming up with the Japanese TV manufacturer to create an HD visual communications system through a TV, at the CES 2010 show held in Las Vegas.

Panasonic said its TVs with Skype HD video calling would be available to buy in April 2010. It says that the service would be an addition to Panasonic’s existing Viera Cast feature, which enables some models of Panasonic TVs to be connected to the web. The system will allow people to chat via a video link through a webcam in HD.

Panasonic’s 3D ambitions

Panasonic also revealed a series of 3D products for end-to-end 3D TV programming. It detailed a 3D video camera designed specifically to shoot 3D content, along with a partnership with a US TV broadcaster to deliver 3D TV to homes.

Panasonic also firmed up plans to launch a series of 3D capable TVs and Blu-ray players, including 3D Ready Viera V series plasma TVs, and the Panasonic DMP-BDT350 – the company’s first 3D capable Blu-ray player.

Direct TV will work with Panasonic on the launch of three 3D channels in June – however these won’t be available in the UK.

Speaking on behalf of Panasonic, John Landau, the producer of the 3D film Avatar, explained that we should one day expect 3D everywhere much as we now expect stereo sound. He said that he anticipates 3D becoming ‘ubiquitous’ and that we shall soon be using 3D laptops and PCs and have mobile phones with 3D displays.

New Panasonic products for 2010

Panasonic says it plans to launch ‘hundreds of products’ throughout the year, including:

  • Panasonic Viera V series plasma TVs. All of which will be 3D Ready and feature Skype HD. 50-, 54, 58 and 65-inch models will launch this spring
  • Panasonic Viera G series TVs. Offering the advanced Viera Cast service with Skype HD over a wireless internet connection
  • Panasonic DMP-BDT350. The company’s first 3D capable Blu-ray disc player
  • Panasonic DMP-BD85. A 2D Blu-ray disc player that Panasonic claims is to be able to boot up in less than half a second
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3. A super-slim touchscreen digital camera
  • Panasonic HDC-TM55. A 1080p HD camcorder with 8GB of internal memory and a 25x optical zoom
  • A multimedia display with picture viewer, iPod dock and CD player

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