Even while its newest plasmas are starting to show up on store shelves Panasonic so far is only issuing a press release with pricing and availability for its 2011 LCD HDTVs so far, confirming much of the retailer info leaked to HDGuru recently. While the 37- and 32-inch DT30 (pictured above) will both ship in April for $1,299 and $1,199, respectively and include the newly upgraded Viera Connect (now with Hulu Plus) smart TV platform, 3D features and more, some of the lower end lines like the E3 and X30 series will make do with a stripped-down Easy IPTV package featuring just the basics -- Netflix, Amazon VOD, Napster, Pandora, Facebook and CinemaNow. Check the full release after the break for all the details, we'll just be waiting around for the big boy VT and GT plasma TVs to make landfall in the coming weeks assuming the rest of the early info holds true.

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PANASONIC ANNOUNCES PRICING AND AVAILABILITY FOR ITS EXPANDED 2011 VIERA® LCD/LED LINE-UP



LED Full HD 3D TVs Debut




SECAUCUS, NJ (March 1, 2011)- Panasonic Corporation of North America, the industry and technology leader in High Definition and Full HD 3D technology, recently announced pricing and availability for its 2011 LCD/LED models. At the same time, Panasonic heralded the introduction of two LED Full HD 3D TVs to its expanded LCD/LED 2011 line-up. With a total of eight LED models in the VIERA LCD/LED line-up, the 2011 model array provides internet access via its proprietary VIERA Connect service, found on three models and Easy IPTV, a web entertainment solution that is available on five models.

Full HD 3D LCD-LED

For the 2011 Viera Full HD 3D line-up, Panasonic extended the immersive 3D technology to its LCD-LED line, with two models, the TC-L37DT30, a 37-inch class (37"measured diagonally) and the TC-L32DT30, a 32-inch class (31.5" measured diagonally). Both models benefit from an IPS Alpha LED panel – assuring a wide viewing angle and improved motion picture response; VIERA Connect featuring such robust entertainment, social media and interactive apps as Netflix™, Amazon VOD™, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Napster, Pandora, Facebook, Gameloft and access to sports sites MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS and more; Wi-Fi ready (includes LAN Adaptor); Viera Image Viewer to view JPEG digital photos and HD video recorded on an SD Memory card; DLNA compatibility; Viera link, making it possible to operate Audio/Video components from a single remote; four HDMI connections; three USB ports; a PC input; ISF Pro Setting Menu; 240Hz with Motion Picture Pro 5, providing fast motion picture response necessary to produce crisp, cross-talk free 3D images and a lower power consumption. The TC-L37DT30 will be available in April, with a SRP of $1299.95. The TC-L32DT30 will also be available in April, with a SRP of $1199.95.



LCD/LED



The E3 series presents three screen sizes- the 32-inch class TC-L32E3 (31.5" measured diagonally), available in March ($699.95); the 37-inch class TC-L37E3 (37" measured diagonally), available in February ($799.95) and the 42-inch class TC-L42E3 (41.6" measured diagonally), available in March ($949.95). In addition to the IPS LED panel; the E3 series provides the consumer with four HDMI connections; two USB ports; DLNA connectivity and a PC input. The three E3 televisions utilize 60Hz technology with 1080p resolution. To further enhance the entertainment experience, the E3 series introduces Easy IPTV, a web entertainment solution offering 3 Movie sites – CinemaNow, Netflix, and Amazon; 2 Music sites - Napster and Pandora; 1 Social Networking site – Facebook. Also, the inclusion of Viera Image Viewer allows the user to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card.



The E30 series features the TC-L42E30, a 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally) HDTV featuring an IPS Alpha panel with LED backlighting and 120 Hz Motion Picture Pro 4, for fast motion response speeds. In addition, the TC-L42E30 also offers Easy IPTV providing multiple entertainment solutions for the customer. The TC-L42E30 easily connects to other CE devices by offering four HDMI inputs, two USB ports, DLNA connectivity and a PC input. The Viera Image Viewer allows the user to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recorded on a SD Memory Card.



The TC-L42E30 also features a clear panel to enhance contrast and reduce ambient light reflections. The model will be available in February with a SRP of $1099.95.



The top of the line LCD/LED TC-L42D30, a 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally), available in April ($1149.95) features a 1080p IPS Alpha panel with 120Hz Motion Picture Pro 4 technology contributing to the set's overall pristine picture quality. In addition, the new flush glass design adds a sleek, fresh cosmetic to the TV. To enhance and expand the entertainment quotient, Panasonic's proprietary IPTV solution VIERA Connect is featured. The TC-L42D30 also includes the Viera Image Viewer, providing the consumer with an easy method to view digital still photos and H.264 HD video recoded on a SD Memory Card.



The TC-L19C30, a 19-inch class (19" measured diagonally), is a 720p IPS Alpha panel that will be available in May with a SRP of $249.95.



HD LCD

The TC-L32C3, a 32-inch class (31.5" measured diagonally) HDTV is a 720p HDTV with the IPS Alpha Panel. In addition, the LCD TV features two HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link. The TC-L32C3 will be available in March, 2011, with a SRP of $399.95. The TC-L24C3 is a 24 –inch class (24" measured diagonally) featuring Viera link and Viera Image Viewer, and will be available in June with a SRP of $299.95.



The LCD U3 series includes two models, the 37-inch class (37" measured diagonally) TC-L37U3, currently available ($599.95) and the TC-L32U3, a 32-inch class (31.5" measured diagonally) HDTV, available in March with a SRP of $499.95. These two LCD HDTVs deliver 1080p Full HD resolution with a 60Hz IPS Alpha Panel and include three HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Image Viewer and Viera Link.



The U30 series features one 1080p model – the TC-L42U30, a 42-inch class (41.6" measured diagonally). Featuring an IPS Panel; three HDMI connectors; a PC Input; Viera Link and Viera Image Viewer, the TC-L42U30 introduces 120Hz with Motion Picture Pro 4 to the LCD line. The TC-L42U30 is currently available with a SRP of $799.95.



The TC-L32X30, a 32-inch class (31.5" measured diagonally), 720p 60Hz LCD HDTV with the IPS Alpha Panel, continues to offer the popular iPod/iPhone Entertainment kit, allowing the user to connect their device directly to the TV. The TC-L32X30 also includes Easy IPTV; DLNA compatibility; Viera Image Viewer H.264, providing the consumer with ability to view digital still photos and H.264 HD movies recorded on a SD Memory card; Viera Link; three HDMI connectors; a USB port and a PC Input. The TC-L32X30 will be available in March. SRP is $499.95.


About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.



For more than 20 years, Panasonic has been proud to support the Olympic Movement as an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category and, beginning in 2009, in the Digital Imaging category as well. Panasonic has also renewed its partnership with the International Olympic Committee for an additional eight years through the 2016 Summer Games. For more information, visit http://panasonic.net/olympic/.



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Panasonic confirms pricing, ship dates for 2011 LCD TV models