Panasonic Showcases DTV Consumer Products at NAB Show

Digital TV Leader Offers More Choices Than Ever



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Panasonic

    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With the National Association of
 Broadcasters (NAB) Show in town this week, the hot topic is digital
 television -- but not just for engineers and media moguls. Some of the latest
 high-tech DTV technologies on display are designed for the consumer market.
     At the new DTV Store exhibit, sponsored by the NAB, the Consumer
 Electronics Association (CEA) and The Advanced Television Systems Committee
 (ATSC), the breadth of readily available consumer digital television products
 is significant.
     Leading the way in these new consumer products is Panasonic, which
 showcased an impressive array of its latest digital television offerings, both
 at its own booth and at the DTV Store.
     The company markets an extensive line of direct-view and rear-projection
 HDTV-monitors products that promise consumers enhanced picture quality today,
 and the readiness for the digital content of the future.
     "Our 2001 product line offers consumers more choices in state-of-the-art
 DTV technology than ever before," said Bill Mannion, Vice President and
 General Manager of Panasonic's Consumer Display Group. "With an expanded line
 of digital direct-view and projection sets, an advanced set-top box and
 exciting new display technologies, Panasonic offers the strongest assortment
 of consumer digital television products in the industry."
 
     Panasonic DTV product highlights include:
 
     -- Tau PureFlat(TM) direct-view and projection HDTV monitors: CT-34WX50
        (34-inch, diagonal) 16:9 wide screen direct-view set, and PT-47WX51
        (47-inch, diagonal) 16:9 rear-projection set.  The company's Tau
        PureFlat series televisions feature a perfectly flat screen.
     -- The PT-42PD2-P 42-inch (diagonal) 16:9 plasma display features an
        incredible contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a maximum brightness level of
        650 cd/m2.
     -- PT-52DL10 52-inch (diagonal) Digital Light Processing(TM)
        Technology-based rear-projection 16:9 HDTV monitor. This set is
        compatible with 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i, and displays in 1280 x 720
        resolution. Using a series of micro-mirrors to create brilliant,
        distortion-free images, the PT-52DL10 delivers an astonishing picture
        with a wide viewing angle.
     -- Sleek, elegant, 15-inch and 22-inch (diagonal screen measurement)
        desk-top LCD televisions that combine a brilliant, high resolution 16:9
        picture and impressive stereo sound. Model TC-15DT2 features a built-in
        progressive scan DVD player.
     -- DIRECTV-enabled HDTV receiver: the TU-HDS20 is a DTV-certified*
        multiple-format tuner capable of receiving all 18 ATSC digital
        television broadcast formats** and current analog (NTSC) signals, plus
        DIRECTV and DIRECTV HD satellite transmissions.
 
     Panasonic is a leader in the development of digital television
 technologies -- from the cameras that capture the images, to HD VTRs used for
 recording and playback, to universal format converters and set-top DTV decoder
 boxes, to the DTV monitors that deliver the incredibly brilliant digital
 images to consumers' homes.
     Panasonic consumer digital television products are marketed in the United
 States by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a division of
 Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (MECA). MECA is the principal North
 American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (NYSE:   MC) of
 Japan, one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric
 products for consumer, business and industrial use. Consumers seeking more
 information on Panasonic products can call the Panasonic Customer Call Center
 at 800-211-PANA, or access the Panasonic home page at
 http://www.panasonic.com/electronics. Media can access press releases via the
 Panasonic Press Room web site, http://www.panasonic.com/pcecnews (or type the
 Internet keyword Panasonic Press Room in your browser's address bar), or
 through New Directions Public Relations'toll-free fax-back system at
 888-734-7490.
 
     * The presence of the DTV certification mark indicates that this product
       will successfully receive digital television transmissions that conform
       to any and all of the video formats described in the ATSC Digital
       Television Standard.
 
     ** An external over-the-air antenna will be required. The television must
        be equipped with a composite video input or an s-video input to receive
        an NTSC signal. Component video inputs are required to receive
        converted DTV signals.
 
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SOURCE Panasonic
    LAS VEGAS, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- With the National Association of
 Broadcasters (NAB) Show in town this week, the hot topic is digital
 television -- but not just for engineers and media moguls. Some of the latest
 high-tech DTV technologies on display are designed for the consumer market.
     At the new DTV Store exhibit, sponsored by the NAB, the Consumer
 Electronics Association (CEA) and The Advanced Television Systems Committee
 (ATSC), the breadth of readily available consumer digital television products
 is significant.
     Leading the way in these new consumer products is Panasonic, which
 showcased an impressive array of its latest digital television offerings, both
 at its own booth and at the DTV Store.
     The company markets an extensive line of direct-view and rear-projection
 HDTV-monitors products that promise consumers enhanced picture quality today,
 and the readiness for the digital content of the future.
     "Our 2001 product line offers consumers more choices in state-of-the-art
 DTV technology than ever before," said Bill Mannion, Vice President and
 General Manager of Panasonic's Consumer Display Group. "With an expanded line
 of digital direct-view and projection sets, an advanced set-top box and
 exciting new display technologies, Panasonic offers the strongest assortment
 of consumer digital television products in the industry."
 
     Panasonic DTV product highlights include:
 
     -- Tau PureFlat(TM) direct-view and projection HDTV monitors: CT-34WX50
        (34-inch, diagonal) 16:9 wide screen direct-view set, and PT-47WX51
        (47-inch, diagonal) 16:9 rear-projection set.  The company's Tau
        PureFlat series televisions feature a perfectly flat screen.
     -- The PT-42PD2-P 42-inch (diagonal) 16:9 plasma display features an
        incredible contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a maximum brightness level of
        650 cd/m2.
     -- PT-52DL10 52-inch (diagonal) Digital Light Processing(TM)
        Technology-based rear-projection 16:9 HDTV monitor. This set is
        compatible with 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i, and displays in 1280 x 720
        resolution. Using a series of micro-mirrors to create brilliant,
        distortion-free images, the PT-52DL10 delivers an astonishing picture
        with a wide viewing angle.
     -- Sleek, elegant, 15-inch and 22-inch (diagonal screen measurement)
        desk-top LCD televisions that combine a brilliant, high resolution 16:9
        picture and impressive stereo sound. Model TC-15DT2 features a built-in
        progressive scan DVD player.
     -- DIRECTV-enabled HDTV receiver: the TU-HDS20 is a DTV-certified*
        multiple-format tuner capable of receiving all 18 ATSC digital
        television broadcast formats** and current analog (NTSC) signals, plus
        DIRECTV and DIRECTV HD satellite transmissions.
 
     Panasonic is a leader in the development of digital television
 technologies -- from the cameras that capture the images, to HD VTRs used for
 recording and playback, to universal format converters and set-top DTV decoder
 boxes, to the DTV monitors that deliver the incredibly brilliant digital
 images to consumers' homes.
     Panasonic consumer digital television products are marketed in the United
 States by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a division of
 Matsushita Electric Corporation of America (MECA). MECA is the principal North
 American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., (NYSE:   MC) of
 Japan, one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric
 products for consumer, business and industrial use. Consumers seeking more
 information on Panasonic products can call the Panasonic Customer Call Center
 at 800-211-PANA, or access the Panasonic home page at
 http://www.panasonic.com/electronics. Media can access press releases via the
 Panasonic Press Room web site, http://www.panasonic.com/pcecnews (or type the
 Internet keyword Panasonic Press Room in your browser's address bar), or
 through New Directions Public Relations'toll-free fax-back system at
 888-734-7490.
 
     * The presence of the DTV certification mark indicates that this product
       will successfully receive digital television transmissions that conform
       to any and all of the video formats described in the ATSC Digital
       Television Standard.
 
     ** An external over-the-air antenna will be required. The television must
        be equipped with a composite video input or an s-video input to receive
        an NTSC signal. Component video inputs are required to receive
        converted DTV signals.
 
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