• Panasonic to sell plasma TVs with 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio

    Panasonic still believes in plasma. The company, which owns the biggest plasma panel plant in the world and is the global leader in this segment, today announced [JP] the VIERA G2 series, which consists of a total of three new plasma TVs. And as Panasonic sells these devices in the US, too, chances are the new line-up will find its way outside Japan in the future as well. Read More

  • Panasonic Japan announces new VIERAs with built-in HDDs

    Panasonic launched the VIERA R Series today in Japan [JP], consisting of a total of seven new plasma and LCD TVs. The first TVs of the series will be available over here starting July 1, with Panasonic not yet saying anything about sales in overseas markets. Read More

  • DMP-BV100: Panasonic presents portable TV and Blu-ray player combo (but it's Japan-only)

    You might ask who really needs a portable TV to view Blu-rays on it but obviously Panasonic doesn’t care. The company today announced the DMP-BV100 for the Japanese market [JP], a device that’s equipped with a Blu-ray player and not one but four built-in antennas for full digital TV goodness. Needless to say the device is the first of its kind in the world. Read More

  • SoftBank rolls out nine new cell phones in Japan (photo gallery)

    Following KDDI, Japan’s No.3 telecommunications company SoftBank today also presented the new cell phone line-up for this spring. The company presented a total of nine models and will start selling the first handset of the line-up (the Panasonic 930P) from tomorrow. Read More

  • Panasonic Japan to introduce Plasma TVs with built-in 1 TB HDDs and YouTube support

    Panasonic announced today in Japan [JP] they will release three Viera PDP TVs in this country starting September 10. All models (42, 46 and 50 inches) of the new PZR900 series will house a 1TB HDD for recording terrestrial and digital TV programs, which can then be copied on DVDs or Blu-ray discs. From September 30, Japanese customers will also be able to view YouTube videos on their… Read More

  • New Panasonic VIERA plasma said to have 42 year half-life

    So if a Panasonic VIERA plasma’s screen has a half-life of 42-years, that states that the screen will loss all it’s brightness in 84-years. Or 2093. Or when George Bush VI takes office. Or when we might finally have flying cars. Or when…you get the idea. CEPro presents an interesting question on this claim, “Will you die before your TV?” Hmmm. So even if the… Read More

  • New waterproof Viera mini-TVs from Japan

    Today Panasonic Japan [JP] unveiled a new mini TV specifically aimed at Japanese women in their 20s and 30s. A marketing research company conducted a large-scale survey asking this target group what they would like to do while taking a bath (Japan has a unique bathing culture). 64% responded with “listening to music”, while 51.5% said they want to watch TV while sitting in their… Read More

  • Panasonic Viera PZ850 HDTV: Oh the things money can buy (like YouTube on your TV!)

    So I just got back from a small meeting with Panasonic in depressingly rainy New York a few minutes ago. Rather than make DVICE’s Peter—our Peter, Peter Ha, is horribly ill—and I sit through something like, “We have 85 new TVs coming out this year, let’s look at all of them,” Panasonic only discussed its flagship plasma, the PZ850. The 46- and 50-inch… Read More

  • Panasonic's new Viera HDTV line hits you where it hertz

    It’s good news for two reasons when a good company like Panasonic drops some new gear on us: first, you’ve got the hot new gear, and second, their old stuff takes a huge price hit. These new Vieras look good enough that you should consider them for your next upgrade: many inputs, 100Hz and 24p motion conversion, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, all in glorious 1080p and the option of… Read More

  • Panasonic's Viera is a sexy phone, not a sexy rabbit lady

    This Japan-only phone has probably the nicest screen in the mobile business at the moment. 854×480 on a 3.5″ LCD, 4000:1 contrast ratio, ready to rock 30fps video. There isn’t too much more info out there, but it does have TV and audio outs and a decent camera. Apparently there’s a speaker stand accessory as well? Looks like they’re going for all-out mobile… Read More