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Panasonic announces new 3D TVs and Viera tablet

CES 2011: Panasonic's first 3D LCD unveiled

The Panasonic Viera tablet is designed to compliment the Viera Connect TVs from Panasonic

Panasonic has continued to push its 3D TV and internet TV direction with its announcements at CES 2011.

Viera Cast, Panasonic’s internet TV service launched in 2008, has been renamed Viera Connect; and a touchscreen Viera tablet running Android OS has been introduced to compliment this new service.

Panasonic Viera Tablet

The Panasonic Viera Connect tablets will have LCD screens ranging from four to ten inches. Functionality includes remote control for the TV, access to shopping and social networking hubs, and alternative viewing angles for sports events. Third parties will also be able to develop applications for the device.

Panasonic 3D plasma and LCD TVs

Panasonic’s TV line up for early 2011 has also been detailed. The top-of-the-line plasma Viera VT30 will come in a 55- and 65-inch version. The VT30 is a 3D Viera Connect TV with access to Skype messaging.

The plasma Viera GT30 will be available in 50-, 55-, 60- and 65-inch screen sizes. The TV’s DLNA compatible and also features the Skype application.

Like the other models, the plasma ST30 3D and Viera Connect will launch this Spring. It will be available in sizes from 42- to 65-inches.

Panasonic has also announced its first 3D LCD TV, the DT30 series. This series will be available with 32-inch and 37-inch screen sizes.

See the Viera Tablet and Viera Connect in action in our CES 2011 first look video below:


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Viera Connect IPTVs

Panasonic expects internet TVs (IPTVs) to grow in popularity and double market penetration to 40% in the next four years. Panasonic says that Viera Connect TVs will be used for entertainment, social networking and fitness.

3D Blu-ray players

As a footnote, Panasonic added that 75% of the Blu-ray players that it launches in 2011 will be 3D-capable models.

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