Panasonic CEDIA Expo Highlights
Panasonic’s Bob Perry, senior vice president of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co, announced on the eve of the Denver CEDIA Expo that the company would introduce the industry’s first Tru2Way-compatible TVs. The Tru2Way standard, if adopted by manufacturers in their TVs, would incorporate cable box functionality within the sets themselves without the need for a set-top box.
Perry tells Dealerscope/CustomRetailer that the inaugural models will be similar in feature sets to the current PZ 80 series and would be available first in 42- and 50-inch models, in time for the holiday selling season.
Perry also announced that Panasonic would bring a fifth plasma display factory on line in Amagasaki, Japan in April of next year that would be able to produce one million 42-inch panels per month. That would be double the production capacity of its fourth plasma plant, and would cement Panasonic as the number one plasma display manufacturer in the world.