The CES Report - Video Display Trends
Probably the biggest news in plasma was the debut of 37-inch screen sizes from Zenith and Panasonic. Zenith rolled out 10 new plasmas, with plans to introduce 50-inch and 42-inch displays with integrated HDTV tuners in the second half of 2003. The company's new HDTV monitors, available now, include 60-inch ($14,999) and 50-inch models ($9,499), with available EDTV monitors at 42 inches ($4,499) and a 40-inch 4:3 ($4,999).
JVC announced its first consumer plasma, the 42-inch I'Art Palette, which upconverts images to 770p; it ships in July for $7,499.95. Samsung debuted its third generation of widescreen plasmas: 42-inch ($4,999, April); a higher-resolution 42-inch ($6,499, May); 50-inch ($8,999, June); and 63-inch ($19,999, July). Hitachi will ship a 50-inch plasma ($12,500) in the second quarter, joining its existing 32-inch and 42-inch displays. Panasonic announced new EDTV widescreens for July (42-inch) and August (37-inch); no pricing was disclosed. Later this year, Thomson will roll out 50-inch and 42-inch RCA Scenium plasmas. Runco's mid-level brand, Vidikron, debuted a 46-inch plasma, available first-quarter 2003 at "under $7,995, approximately." Sampo introduced a 50-inch plasma due this quarter ($6,999), along with plans to launch its TheatrePro line in the second quarter with 50-inch and 42-inch EDTV and HDTV models.