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CES 2008: Panasonic Press Conference

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Posted January 6, 2008 - By bleahy

Panasonic is presenting a whole new line of products focused on getting consumers to a point where they are "Living in HD".

They are installed a full line of HD products from TV's, Blu-Ray, camcorders, gaming consoles, and digital cameras in 17 American homes to conduct market research and their findings have shaped their new product line. They hope to expand this number to 30 families by the end of March and eventually to 100. You should look into this if you want a bunch of free stuff. They even throw in a Wii!

Panasonic is branding all of their televisions with the Viera name and will offer sizes from 26" to 103" (though we doubt any of you could afford that).

They all feature "Viera Link", which is based on SD cards and offers full-compatibility between all of their products.

At the forefront of Viera Link is their new 32gb SD card that can hold up to 5.5 hours of 1080p video. This SD card (or any others) can be inserted directly into any Viera HDTV or Blu-Ray player to view video and pictures directly from the SD card.

Panasonic is also going to be able to deliver the first Blu-Ray 1.1 Final Standard standalone player (the PS3 does 1.1 as well) and they have begun shipping the world's thinnest Blu-Ray drives to PC manufacturers for use in computers.

They will offer a 37" 1080p display, but Toshiba still edges them out on smallness with their 32" 1080p machine.

Panasonic also showed off a few new HD camcorders, SD camcorders, but two really exciting products were the new Blu-Ray home theater system and Link to Cell Phone system.

The Blu-Ray home theater system is the first all-in-box HTS to feature Blu-Ray (final standard of course) and gets the bonus of wireless rear speakers. Also included is an iPod dock for funsies.

The Link to Cell phone product runs on Bluetooth and will let you take cell calls in your home on cordless handset. This is particularly useful if you only get signal in one part of your home, but don't really like taking calls their. It works with up to 2 Bluetooth phones and Panasonic hopes it will replace landlines completely for many of their customers.

More from Panasonic as the show opens tomorrow.

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