Samsung and Panasonic are lowering the price points on some of their 3-D TV sets. Samsung announced a 50-inch 3-D plasma model, the PN50C490, which is selling for less than $1,000, and Panasonic has launched a lower-priced GT25 3-D series, which includes a 42-inch display for $1,700 and a 50-inch version for $2,100.
Panasonic now is shipping its full line of VT25 3-D plasma TV sets, which come in 50-, 54-, 58- and 65-inch screen sizes. The models in the series feature 5,000,000:1 native contrast ratio, full 1080p resolution to each eye in 3-D, a refresh rate of 600 Hz and THX-certified Cinema Mode.
Panasonic introduced at CES its 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System, which is said to be the first-of-its-kind setup that depicts 3-D imagery that the company says is fully true to life. The system involves a 103-inch plasma HDTV from Panasonic and a Panasonic Blu-ray player that, together, deliver full HD images to the left and right eyes.
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., maker of the Panasonic brand, is unveiling four new plasma HDTV models in September, including a 103-inch model. The new models will compete with Sharp's and Sony Corp.'s existing LCD TVs.