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October 21, 2008

LG Says Forget Plasma, We're Going Renewable

sunpower_main(2).jpgWhat could a flat panel manufacturer do with an old plasma production plant that's no longer in use? LG Electronics is spinning off a plasma plant the company shut down in 2007 due to falling profit margins into a solar cell production plant. The foray into the renewable energy business comes after the company acquired a solar cell business from LG Chem in June and will include a $168 million investment to build two production lines in the old plant. Things should be up and running as early as 2010; both lines will produce 120 MW crystalline silicon cells and modules.


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October 16, 2008

STB's Beware: tru2way Packin' Panasonic VIERA's Have Arrived

vieratv_540x420(2).jpgFinally, tru2way has officially arrived. The open software platform, based on specifications by CableLabs, will allow TV's to receive all types of interactive services without the use of a set-top box. You'll be able to access features like video-on-demand programming and electronic program guides from your cable provider directly from your remote.

The rollout is beginning in Chicago and Denver, and in partnership with Comcast, Panasonic will be adding a couple of tru2way-enabled sets to its PZ80 series that'll be available later this month at Abt Electronics and Circuit City's in the Chicago area and Ultimate Electronics and Circuit City stores in Denver.

The first set will be the 42-inch TH-42PZ80Q, featuring an integrated tru2way cable receiver, 1080p resolution, 480Hz Sub-field Drive motion focus, 1, 000, 000:1 dynamic contrast, VIERA Link and an SD memory card reader.

The second set, the TH-50PZ80Q will be larger at 50-inches, but share the same specs as the TH-42PZ80Q.

Respectively, the two sets will be priced at $1, 599.95 and $2, 299.95.

Via press release (Thanks, Jamie!)

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October 12, 2008

NEC Brings 3 New Plasmas To Australia

50hdp1.jpgNEC's just released three new plasma models in Australia-the 50-inch PXT-50FHDP1, 50-inch PXT50XD3, and 42-inch PXT42XD3. First off, the PXT-50FHDP1 features 1920 x 1080 resolution, 100 Hz refresh, a 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, multiple HDMI inputs, an built-in HD tuner and an electronic program guide (EPG). The 42- and 50-inch XD3 models have 1024x768 and 1365x768 resolution respectively, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, built-in HD tuner, 3 HDMI slots, EPG, built-in speakers, and RS-232 control ports. Both also come with a removable stand so they can be wall-mounted as well. When it comes to actually forking out the cash for the new NEC plasmas, the 50FHDP1 will set you back $3, 499, the 50XD3 a more manageable $2, 199 and the 42XD3 $1, 599.

Smarthouse via EngadgetHD

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September 25, 2008

LG's 60PG60, You-Guessed-It-60-Inch Plasma TV Gets Reviewed

31OtPnkZ1xL._SL500_AA280_.jpgThe fine folks from CNET have just finished putting LG's 60-inch 60PG60 plasma set through the gears, and if you solely judge plasma greatness by the depth of its black levels this isn't the set for you. Then again, the 60PG60 is the largest THX-certified flat-panel set of the year and the bottom line states it has a good picture, so it all depends on what you're looking for. The THX mode does put out some super accurate primary colors, though it's a little lax when it comes to color decoding and grayscale. But some nice video processing, plenty of connection options including 4 HDMI, and an impressive external design seem to make up for it.

It must because if you head over to Amazon, the LG 60PG60 almost needs to be restocked despite its $3048 price tag. And judging by the user reviews, most plasma buffs that spend their evenings in front of this set are pretty content.

Buy The LG 60PG60 From Amazon And Save $750!


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September 24, 2008

Panasonic Reveals World's First 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater

panasonic_3d_plasma-560x420(2).jpgPanasonic has put together the world's first 3D high-def home theater system that'll be shown off September 30 at CEATEC 2008.

The system uses Panasonic's giant 103-inch, 1080p plasma display and creates 3D images by optimizing an accompanying Blu-ray player for the unique perspectives of the left and right eyes. Apparently 3D video can be stored on a single Blu-ray disc, but Panasonic still hasn't got around the need for those annoying 3D glasses. You'll need a pair of those for this system.

When and if the 3D home theater will have commercial distribution is an unknown at the moment, as are any pricing details but more details should be available come CEATEC.

Via Panasonic Japan

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September 18, 2008

Hitachi Gets Desperate: Buying Plasma Panels From Panasonic In Last Ditch Attempt To Save Business

P60X901-25(2).jpgLast time we heard Hitachi was planning to pack in its struggling plasma business, but it looks like the company with a 7.5% plasma market share has come up with another plan. Hitachi is planning on buying fabricated glass panels from Panasonic, joining Pioneer in Panasonic's new roster of plasma part customers. Hitachi will continue to make circuit boards on their own, but the new Panasonic deal isn't the only one Hitachi has cut with the company. Last year, Hitachi also outsourced its LCD panel manufacturing to Panasonic, amid slumping sales in the US and Europe leading to a $383 million loss.

Can Hitachi turn around its dying flat-panel business? We say NO.

Via Reuters

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September 12, 2008

Pioneer Shows Off Super-Black KURO's KRP-500A, KRP-600A

PioneerKRPtvs.jpgThe folks from Akihabara News were live on location at the Miyako Hotel Tokyo for the unveiling of two new Pioneer KURO plasma's. The KURO KRP-600A and KURO KRP-500A are sized 60- and 50-inches respectively and feature some impressively deep blacks. So deep that a picture taken of the screen in total darkness shows no differentiation between the display and the rest of the dark room. Both models feature full 1080p resolution, a digital TV tuner, Advanced Direct Color Filter, KURO Link, as well as 4 HDMI inputs, 4 audio inputs, 4 D4 inputs, 3 video inputs, 3 S2 inputs and an RGB Video inputs. Quality is priced accordingly though-the 60-inch KRP-600A will set you back $8, 830 while the KRP-500A the equivalent of $6, 310.

Via Akihabara News

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August 27, 2008

Panasonic Revamps Plasma Line With 6 New Models Between 42- And 103-Inches

pana3_1(2).jpgPanasonic's latest iteration of the plasma monster comes in the form of the new TH-103PZ800, a whopping 103-inches, and showcased with five new siblings ranging from 42- to 65-inches. The 103-inch TH-103PZ800 sports 1920 x 1080 pixels, 10, 000: 1 contrast ratio, xvColor support and Deep Color. It also boasts MPEG noise reduction, 24p film and AVCHD video playback. Priced at $48, 000, the 103-inch beast is significantly cheaper than its like-sized $70, 000 predecessor.

The PZ800 series consists of 58- and 65-inch models boasting 1080p resolution, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 decoding and processing, 24p film playback and noise reduction features. The 58-inch TH-58PZ800 and 65-inch TH-65PZ800 will retail for roughly $5500 and $7800 respectively.

The mainstream-oriented PZR900 series brings three smaller models to market, sized 42-, 46-, and 50-inches. All featuring 1080p resolution and 30, 000:1 contrast ratio, the PZR900 series includes a 1TB HDD allowing about 121 hours of video recording time to go with its Youtube access. The TH-42PZR900, TH-45PZR900, and TH-50PZR900 will set you back roughly $3860, $4410, and $4960 respectively.

All of Panny's six new plasma's will make a Japanese debut.

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August 18, 2008

Breaking: You Will Die Before Your Viera Plasma Hits The Landfill

th-50pz850u.jpgThere's something depressing about finding out your Panasonic plasma TV may be still around and kicking after you're six feet under, but Panasonic says that for many of us this is a possibility. The company has decided to find against the lack of knowledge displayed by many salespeople who seem to heavily favor LCD TV's over plasma's by announcing that their entire line of 2008 Viera plasma's have a display half-life of a whopping 100, 000 hours. To put this into perspective, if you watch television for 6.5 hours every day, it would take your Viera display 42 years before it would lose half of its brightness. That's only for 1080p sets though; its 720p plasma's only having a 60, 000 hour rating. Maybe someone will find a coffin-mounting solution so you can be buried with your baby.

via yahoo

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August 6, 2008

Hitachi P37-HR02 Plasma TV Hits Japan

newhitach.jpgHitachi's 37-inch P37-HR02 is set to hit Japanese shelves September 12 and while details are minimal at the moment, the new plasma set looks to have a fair amount in common with its new Wooo UT Series siblings. No the P37-HR02 isn't 47-inches big, nor is it only 35mm thin, but we do know it has 720p resolution, 15000:1 contrast ratio, a 250GB HDD and an iVDR port so memory can be further expanded with Hitachi's iVDR hard disk cartridges. No word on price yet, but we should know more soon.

Via Aving

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