Panasonic Announces 3D TV With Built-in BD/HDD Recorder

Jul 22, 2010
Shinya Saeki, Nikkei Electronics
The "3D Viera RT2B"
The "3D Viera RT2B"
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A slot for Blu-ray discs is located on the right side of the TV.
A slot for Blu-ray discs is located on the right side of the TV.
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Shiro Nishiguchi, director of the Corporate Management Division for Digital AVC Products at Panasonic (left)
Shiro Nishiguchi, director of the Corporate Management Division for Digital AVC Products at Panasonic (left)
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Glasses for the TV are available in three sizes.
Glasses for the TV are available in three sizes.
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Panasonic Corp announced the "3D Viera RT2B" series of 3D PDP (plasma display panel) TVs July 21, 2010.

The 3D Viera RT2B comes with a Blu-ray Disc (BD) recorder supporting 3D video and a 500-Gbyte HDD (hard disk drive). It also has a function to convert normal 2D video to 3D.

"With this product, it is easy to record and play 3D video," said Shiro Nishiguchi, director of the Corporate Management Division for Digital AVC Products at Panasonic.

The 3D Viera RT2B comes in 46-inch and 42-inch sizes. It will be released Aug 27, 2010, in Japan. There are no manufacturer's suggested retail prices, but the expected street prices of the 46-inch and 42-inch models are ¥440,000 (approx US$5,072) and ¥390,000, respectively.

"Compared with our 3D TVs that have the same sizes but do not have a BD/HDD recorder, the prices (of the new products) are about 90,000 yen higher," Nishiguchi said. "However, we consider they are more reasonable compared with the case where a 3D TV and a BD/HDD recorder are separately purchased."

The 3D Viera RT2B is accompanied by a pair of special glasses. But Panasonic will release small, medium and large size glasses that can be used with all of the company's 3D TVs on the same day as the new TV will be launched.

They are expected to be priced at about ¥13,000. The weights of the small, medium and large size glasses are approximately 38, 39 and 40g, respectively, which are lighter than the glasses accompanying the TV (about 63g). The lighter weights were realized by, for example, reducing the thickness of the lens.

Furthermore, they are equipped with a built-in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and can be continuously used for more than 30 hours per charge.

Advantage of PDP stressed

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