CES 2013: Panasonic Announces iOS-Compatible Smart Viera Plasma HDTV Lineup

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Panasonic yesterday announced a new line of Smart Viera plasma HDTVs at CES. The company's 2013 lineup ranges from 42 to 65 inches and includes 16 models in five separate series of TVs. The TVs are compatible with iOS devices that let users share content between their iPhones or iPads and their TVs.
    Image courtesy of NBC Tech
    The features resemble Apple TV and AirPlay, but NBC notes that Panasonic's TV allows users to share an image to the TV, edit it using an option Electronic Touch Pen accessory, and swipe it back to their iOS device.

    Panasonic's lineup starts with the full HD 3D ZT60 with what Panasonic calls a "Beyond the Reference" level of picture quality, then moves to the lower-end VT60 and ST60 series and ends with the non-3D S60 and X60 series. There doesn't seem to be pricing information as of yet, but the line is planned to launch in February 2013.

    Article Link: CES 2013: Panasonic Announces iOS-Compatible Smart Viera Plasma HDTV Lineup
  2. Joe-Diver macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
  3. Eduardo1971, Jan 8, 2013
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    Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    As someone with a 2008 model 50 inch Panasonic plasma televesion and is looking to upgrade to a 2013 Panasonic plasma TV-I must say I can't wait to see these new offerings in person.

    Panasonic plasma's are some of the better TV's out in the market.

    Seems like the rumours that Panasonic was leaving the TV business in 2013 was false!
  4. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006
    I all ready have iOS connectivity for my HDTV with my TV connected to it. Nevertheless, good for Panasonic for adding this feature for their lineup.
  5. RenoG macrumors 65816

    Oct 7, 2010
    Sounds like we have the same tv from the same year..Only thing is I have no real reason to change or upgrade from my sweet plasma to one of these new awesome ones..
  6. kjs862 macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
    finally some love for ios rather than android.
  7. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    Panasonic has some really nice televisions.


    Android's getting all my loving.
  8. Shearwater macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2011
    Leeds , West Yorkshire
  9. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007


    What's the presumed cost?
  10. audio_inside macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2003
    Boulder CO
    Panasonic and the other big TV manufacturers shouldn't waste their time trying to put a stake in the ground defining what a "smart" TV should be when the producers of adjunct boxes have shown themselves to be so much more creative and nimble (the Roku stick is my favorite new example.)

    I've got a circa-2009 "Vieracast" Panasonic plasma and there's never been a single firmware update for it. If they think consumers are going to jump on board the current-year's vision without a realistic expectation of upgrades pushing their TV's technology forward - especially with a potential Apple TV on the horizon - they take us for even bigger suckers than we are.
  11. CrystalPepsi macrumors regular


    Feb 3, 2011
    What sucks is, the best panels are put into the TVs with all the "Smart" features. So, we're forced to pay for the dual core processors, etc., just so we can get the nice panels. I bought a 2012 Panasonic 60ST50 a month ago - beautiful panel, wonderful TV. However, the Smart features are crap. I'm not going to play an old version of Angry Birds or use a crap web browser in the Viera portal or whatever they call it. I'm not going to use their crap netflix client. I'll use my cheap, refurb Roku XS with Plex, Netflix, Amazon streaming, etc.

    The TV makers should just make high quality panels with HDMI inputs. Period.
  12. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    60" ST60 is 1899.99 MSRP. 65" is 2799.99 MSRP. I would expect the VT and ZT upgrades to be 500 or so on average for each successive step.

    Two things going on: upsell and matching competitors' features.
  13. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Excellent. Plasma is still the best TV tech, and Panasonic are still the best plasma manufacturers.
  14. GuitarDTO macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Agreed, but it will never happen. 95% of the people buying TV's have no clue what they are really buying and it only takes a small % of suckers to make it worthwhile to the companies to charge extra for poorly done "Smart" features.. TV companies would be shooting themselves in the foot taking out the smart features, it would take away their reasons to charge more. If you look at TV technology they are constantly trying to force more down our throats that we don't really want. 3D, Smart features, thinness(although that was ok for awhile, but now I don't care about having a paper thin TV) and soon insanely high resolutions that won't matter to the majority. They'll include the features anyway to justify the high costs.
  15. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Seems a little odd to make TVs compatable with certain OS's. I would just rather be able to connect to my TV no matter what phone I am using.
  16. DrNeroCF macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2004
    No way, being able to Netflix and play video streams straight from the TV is way better than using external boxes. Couple that with being able to change the volume on the receiver through HDMI, and you can do almost everything through one simple TV remote.

    Though, my 2012 Panasonic's already does the whole Viera app content sharing thing, so I'm not really sure how this counts as new news for a Mac site...
  17. palmerc2 macrumors 65816


    Feb 29, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Wow I was under the impression 2012 was the last year for Plasma's from Panasonic. This is great news!
  18. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
    Nice. I have a Panasonic 65 with an Apple TV connected. Seriously have to consider the upgrade. ;-)
  19. Russell L macrumors regular

    Aug 10, 2006
    San Francisco
    Hmmm.....just got a new 65" Panny plasma a month ago (2012 model obviously). Wonder if any of the new features could be incorporated into a firmware update?
  20. SockRolid macrumors 68000


    Jan 5, 2010
    Almost Rock Solid
    Nice. Looks a lot better than that "scrap iron and black spray paint" Samsung TV.
  21. chrmjenkins macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    An unsubstantiated rumor.
  22. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    There's still absolutely no incentive to buy these 'smart' TVs, when the TV channels themselves are nothing but crap.
  23. erinsarah macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    "Can" doesn't mean we "will"

    "Through Panasonic's proprietary VIERA Connect platform,*users can transfer personal photos and videos from their Android or iOS devices directly to the large screen with a simple swipe of the finger and transfer them back to their smart devices the same way."

    Hmm, spend a grand to get this or simply show the picture on my iPad to the person sitting next to me. Not really a selling point.

    The industry has a long way to go until this stuff becomes truly viable. I purchased a new Panny last month with the Viera connect tools. They are nice toys, but clumsy, and the iPhone remote app is very non-intuitive. As someone above posted...CONTENT CONTENT CONTENT!!!!!
  24. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Could: probably
    Will happen: probably not...
  25. ctdonath macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Channels? What are these "channels" of which you speak? Ah, right, an anachronism from the 20th Century. Welcome to 2013, where on-demand 4K streaming is emerging. I haven't watched a "channel" for close to a decade now.

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