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Panasonic’s Future in 3-D

At the 2011 CES, Mashable, a top source for news in social and digital media, took a moment to highlight where Panasonic’s 3-D future might be headed. As shown in the video above, Panasonic isn’t announcing when their new interactive 3-D TV will be available to mass consumers, but it is nice to see a fine 3-D flat-screen that will easily work in our TV lift cabinets. According to Mashable, Panasonic hasn’t traditionally been known for their software development or user interface, but staff at Mashable are excited about the way users can manipulate icons in 3-D space, and everyone else should be too.

Much like the Wii remote (and the upcoming Magic Wand for Apple TVs), Panasonic uses a special remote that controls on-screen elements and makes it faster and easier to access the content for which they’re really looking.

Since this 3-D TV debuted at the 2011 CES, it is likely that it will be hitting some stores’ shelves this year, but there are no guarantees. If you do find one, though, drop us a line. We’d like to know about it. And if you purchase one yourself, snap a picture of it in your TV lift cabinet and send it over. We may feature it in a future blog post or on our Facebook page.

The Best in 42” Plasma Televisions for 2010

Buying a new plasma flat-screen TV is a significant investment, and everyone wants to make the right choice. Perhaps you’re shopping for a new plasma TV to go inside a new TV lift cabinet, so you want one that will be just as feature-packed and reliable. You also want one that will fit on your TV lift. Below is a list of the best 42” plasma TVs available on the market today, just in time for last-minute Christmas gifts. And all these TVs will fit on an Uplift TV lift mechanism (excluding the Uplift 2700).

Based on price, quality and value, these 42” plasma TVs are sure to please both the eye and the wallet. At the top of the list is Panasonic’s TC-P42S2. This stellar Viera plasma screen features the new NEO plasma display panel with improved blacks and a contrast ratio of 40,000:1. It even has a special gaming mode to handle the latest graphics in today’s top games! All this for under $700.

The Panasonic TC-P42C2 is a budget-priced plasma TV in the C2 series, which focuses on using a 720p resolution panel that still offers great contrast and a stunning display, but for much less money. This model can generally be found for under $500.

Another great model is the LG 42PJ350, which features a slim 2” case and an Intelligent Sensor, which adjusts the brightness of the display to match the brightness and color temperature of the room’s lighting. These TVs, too, can be found for less than $500.

Check these TVs out today and let us know what you think!

3D TVs on Everyone’s Holiday Wishlist

Likely to be the hottest TV gift this holiday season, 3D TVs are steadily rising in popularity and in technological capabilities. Couple that with a steady drop in prices, what more could customers ask for?

As the media entertainment envelope continues to be pushed, moving from HD to Blu-ray and now 3D, the movie industry will continue to play to the highest bidder, and right now that’s the 3D niche. In 2010, there were 25 3D movies released in theaters, and all of those, of course, were or will be released in 3D DVD versions. In 2011, the number of 3D movies is expected to top 30.

And by now everyone has heard that Lucasfilm Ltd. will be rereleasing the entire Star Wars saga in 3D, which will of course be followed by 3D DVDs. In Europe, Sky 3D is the world’s first full-time 3D TV station, which brings sports, movies and entertainment to its customers in 3D 100 percent of the time.

Many of the 3D TV holiday specials this year will feature TV kits that include free 3D-viewing glasses (required to view 3D movies) and a free Blu-ray player. Purchased on their own, these “freebies” could add about a $700 value to your purchase.

And in line with the industry-wide popularity of slim screens, all the major producers of 3D TVs are creating flat, wide screens. Viewing a film in 3D requires a screen large enough to fill a viewer’s field of vision or the effect is lost. 3D TVs measuring up to 65 inches is not uncommon.

As a bonus, many of today’s 3D TVs are also “smart” TVs, meaning they come Internet-ready and streaming-capable.

So which 3D TVs are the best to put on your holiday wishlist in 2010? Well, that is debatable, especially since many of the current 3D TV manufacturers are using different technologies and materials, delivering a variety of results, but many 3D connoisseurs agree that a Top 10 list should look something like this (in no particular order):

– Panasonic TX-P65VT20B

– Sony KDL-60LX903

– Sony KDL-52HX903

– Sony KDL-40HX803

– Samsung UE55C9000

– LG 55LX9900

– Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum

– Samsung LE46C750

– Samsung 40C7000

– LG 47LD950

Would agree with these picks? Do you own a 3D TV? We would love to hear about your 3D home-viewing experience. Leave us a comment.

More Room in Your TV Lift Cabinet: Netflix Streams Direct to 2010 Panasonic VIERA CAST HDTV

Last month, Panasonic announced that its line of 2010 VIERA CAST televisions is now capable of streaming Netflix movies without the need for an external streaming device. This new capability complements the VIERA CAST’s current ability to connect users to Skype, Twitter, Pandora, Picasa and local weather and news.

Netflix currently has about 15 million members and is the largest subscription service for streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet. Previously, Netflix members could only stream movies and TV episodes via a computer, capable gaming console (i.e. XBOX 360) or a streaming device (Roku player). Now, with the VIERA CAST, movies can be viewed from the comfort of a home TV and more room will be available in one’s entertainment center or TV lift cabinet.

Imagine, having more room in your ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinet to store DVDs, games, books or keepsakes. These fine handcrafted pop-up TV cabinets are already generous in their storage space, but by being able to reduce the need for another media player for streaming Netflix movies and television shows, makes an ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinet a great fit for Panasonic’s 2010 VIERA CAST line of HDTVs.

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