Product Name: JVC P-Series LCD TVs with TeleDock
Description: This line of LCD TVs include a fold down iPod dock.
The new JVC P-Series includes the 32-inch LT-32P679, 42-inch LT-42P789, 47-inch LT-47P789 and the 52-inch LT-52P789. The LT-32P679 is a 768p model, while the others offer 1080p resolution.
When an iPod is docked, a menu appears on the TV screen for selecting music, music shuffle or video playback. iPod can be controlled from the TV’s remote, which includes a circular keypad with a control scheme that mimics the iPod’s control wheel. Photos can also be displayed as a slide show along with music. During music playback, song title and artist name are displayed on the TV screen. During video playback, low resolution files, such as internet videos, can be displayed in a small screen mode. Higher resolution video can be shown in nine aspect modes at full screen. There’s also the option to play music files while the TV displays television programming. In addition, the iPod will charge while docked wheter the TV’s power is on or off.
In-store date: Spring/Summer 2008
Why it’s cool: While I’m not sure what’s up with JVC and their iPod fetish today, I think this is a very cool idea. The on-screen menu actually does away with a lot of the crap rotating around the TV. As Matt just said, you can buy a $30 dock that does the same thing, but we can encourage cable clutter, can we?