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September 09, 2008

Panasonic Unveils Two New IP-Enabled Plasma TVs

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Panasonic (News - Alert) announced the latest additions to its Internet-enabled plasma television series, the PZ850. The two new models in the series are TH-58PZ850 and TH-65PZ850.

The TH-58PZ850 belongs to the 58-inch (measured diagonally) class and the TH-65PZ850 belongs to 64.7-inch class. Panasonic previously announced smaller versions of PZ850: the 46-inch class TH-46PZ850 and the 50-inch class TH-50PZ850.
IP-enabled televisions are becoming popular since they give access to online content. Using Panasonic Viera Cast technology, the PZ850 series of TVs can directly access online content.
Viera Cast is a new technology that streams Web content directly to users’ Viera HDTV without the need for an external box or a PC. The content accessible includes YouTube (News - Alert)
library items, digital photos from Picasa Web Albums, local weather reports, and financial data from Bloomberg.
Some features to note for the Panasonic PZ850 series are: a Pro Setting Menu, allowing the user to access professional calibration software; an improved native resolution contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and a dynamic ratio of 1,000,000:1; digital cinema color re-mastering; 24p native reproduction; game mode; an SD memory card slot; RS-232C connection; four High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) connections; increased luminous efficiency; lead free panels; 100,000 hours to half brightness and a PC input.
Using the H.264 codec, high definition (HD) videos recorded on an HD camcorder can be displayed.
“The 58-inch and 65-inch now stand beside their smaller brethren to provide the installer with a number of screen size options,” said Bob Perry, senior vice president at Panasonic Display Products Company, in a statement. “IPTV (News - Alert) in particular is a technology that by providing access to on-line content directly from the TV, allows the consumer to optimize his or her options and use the Viera Plasma for more than entertainment. Now the consumer has a large screen TV that is also the source of an endless stream of Internet information.”

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Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

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