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Australia: Panasonic Down Under with 3DTV, 3D Blu-ray

Panasonic is ramping up its realm of 3D hardware in Australia right now with a trio of 3D product offerings: plasma HD television, Blu-ray disc player, and special eyewear.

The maker said it's planning to begin shipping its four new models of its "Neo Plasma" 1080p 3D televisions — along with a 3D Blu-ray disc player and 3D shutter glass eyewear to Australian retailers in June.

Marketed as Panasonic's "Full HD 3D Viera Series," the company said its proprietary "Neo Plasma" technology boosts light-emission speeds and reduces video "crosstalk. Compression of luminescence time duration and the amount of afterglow allows after-images (that appear when switching between left- and right-eye images) are reduced--thereby render crisping images and more natural three-dimensional presence, Panasonic said.

And so much for plasma HD sets being on their death beds at the hands of LCD technology. According to Panasonic's 3D statement in Australia, "As a young technology, plasma continues to be best placed to take advantage of 3D TV."

Panasonic said it has developed faster screen phosphors--and these, coupled with a 600Hz sub-field drive—provide the 3D images with synchronized alternate- imaging for left and right eyes. The Viera HD 3D models, with a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1, also deploy new filters designed to minimize glare and reflection from external light sources.

Panasonic's HD 3D Viera models in Australia include the: TH-P65VT20A; TH-P58VT20A; TH-P54VT20A; and TH-P50VT20A.