) 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
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
) 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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