Panasonic adds new, larger 3D TVs to line-up

Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer Panasonic reveals its growing 3D HDTV line-up.

Panasonic has finally announced more details as to what it has in store for the world of 3D TV, both in the U.S. and in global markets.

Following the company's move to increase 3D TV production, the firm has revealed plans which include the release of larger 3D TVs in Japan, and the continued roll-out of their growing 3D plasma range on an international level.

International Plans

Panasonic's global plans now finally include launch dates for its Viera VT25 line. This comes after a successful demo of the 3D technology at numerous Best Buy stores and after their VT20 line sold out completely in the U.S.

On May 3, Panasonic will ship its 50-inch and 54-inch VT25 models; the 50-inch model will cost US$2,600, and the 54-inch will cost under US$3,000. A month later in June, the company will roll-out two more models, in 58-inch and 65-inch sizes. These larger sets will naturally carry a larger price tag -- the 58-inch Viera TC-P58VT25 will set you back just shy of US$4,000, while the 65-inch TC-P65VT25 model will cost around US$4,300.

Only In Japan

The company's Japan-only plans include the release of two new TVs. These additions to Panasonic's popular Viera range include a 58-inch model (TH-P58VT2) and a larger 65-inch set (TH-P65VT2).

Panasonic says the new Japanese Viera models will be on sale starting May 28.

Glasses Required

All of Panasonic's new 3D plasmas will require the viewer to wear the companies active shutter glasses (pictured) in order to enjoy the third dimension enabled by these TVs. Thankfully, for those who do take the plunge and buy one of Panasonics latest, a free pair of glasses will be included. Additional pairs can be bought for around US$149 each -- a cost which would quickly become a hefty investment for the larger families who want in on the 3D action.

Beyond the included pair of active shutter glasses, the new Vieras have a USB port for playing multimedia content, and an ethernet port for access to Internet-based services such as Skype.

Have you got a 3D TV, and if not when, if at all, are you planning on joining the 3D crowd? To pricey? Hate those pesky glasses? Let us know in the comments!

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Chris Brandrick

PC World (US online)

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