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Panasonic unveils 2014 entry-range European VIERA LED LCD TV models

Press Release  •  Mar 24, 2014 12:30 GMT

New entry-range series offer “beyond smart” TV features[1], a variety of screen sizes and a wide range of connectivity options

Amsterdam, 24th March 2014 – Panasonic has today unveiled its new entry-level VIERA LED LCD TVs, the AS600, AS500 and A400 series, offering sophisticated LED technology and advanced connectivity capabilities. The powerful image processing technology, including 100Hz Back Light Blinking (BLB), provides a natural and consistent picture with stunning detail, even in scenes with rapid movements. The AS600 also boasts a Dual Core Central Processing Unit (CPU) ensuring great picture quality and seamless smart features. Thanks to my Stream[2], Remote Sharing[3] and wider networking options, you will have the most intuitive and simple TV experience.

Intelligent features for the easiest operation (AS600 only)

My Stream, available in the AS600 series, totally redefines the TV viewing experience. The service provides personalised content for you and your family members, aggregated from a variety of sources. You have access to films and TV shows from cable, terrestrial broadcast, and Video on Demand (VOD) sources based on your viewing preferences, allowing you to easily access the content you love, without spending the time searching for it. Recorded content, home movies, family photos, web pages, and online videos are also seamlessly included in the my Stream interface.

Thanks to the Voice Assistant[4], available via the Panasonic TV Remote 2 App, the AS600’s innovative voice guidance and control functions not only understand individual words, but also whole sentences. The voice command functionality can also be used to control your TV via the Panasonic TV Remote 2 App.

The VIERA AS600 and AS500 are designed and built to ensure easy operation, even for the most non-technical of users. This includes an optimised My Home Screen, VIERA’s start-up screen that can be personalised to the individual preferences of each family member. There are now additional options for downloadable home screens, including screens themed around sports (football), gaming, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Smart networking capabilities to suit every home (AS600 and AS500)

With an integrated HD tuner, these TVs are highly adaptable and are compatible with terrestrial and cable signals. For even more entertainment possibilities, HbbTV connects classic TV programming with the internet, providing supplementary programme information as well as the media libraries of many broadcasters.

Window to a world of content

The AS500 and AS600 series impress from even the smallest screen sizes, with smart networking functionality and various multimedia features. With integrated Wi-Fi and DLNA capability, you can surf the internet and access an ever-increasing number of Internet Apps, all from the comfort of your couch, as well as enjoy multimedia content such as photos, movies or music that are stored on a home network device or USB media.

With Swipe & Share, your favourite media content can be quickly transferred from your tablet or smartphone to the large TV screen. Also with the innovative Remote Sharing function, you can use the Panasonic TV Remote 2 App on your smartphone or tablet to share messages, videos and pictures via the cloud to a friend’s TV even while you’re on the road. It's never been easier to share important moments with friends or family instantly - from anywhere, worldwide.

Design for every home

Whether used as your main TV in the living room or a second TV in the bedroom or study, you can choose from several TV screen sizes between 32-inches (80 cm) and 50-inches (126 cm) for the AS600, A400 and AS500 models.

The AS600 is available in black with a modern silver strip that emphasises its slim design. The AS500 and A400 also come in elegant black - the contemporary designs with their narrow frames fit perfectly in any living room.

Intelligent eco features to maximise energy efficiency

The new entry models offer smart eco functions and intelligent power saving features to help save energy and conserve resources. An ambient light sensor automatically detects how bright the image should be and adjusts the display accordingly. Likewise connected devices consume power only when necessary. The AS600*, AS500 and A400 reach the energy efficiency class A+.

*the 32AS600 achieves the energy efficiency class A.

Note to editors - Breakdown of 2014 entry-level European VIERA LED LCD TVs:

AS600

·  Full HD LED TV with 100Hz (BLB) and Dual Core CPU - for great picture quality and seamless Smart features

·  my Stream - enjoy content recommended to match your preferences, easily via an intuitive interface

·  Internet Apps - browse the Web, access social sites, enjoy Skype video calls and big-screen entertainment

·  Voice Assistant1 - simply use your voice to control the TV, search through your media or browse the Web

·  Freetime built-in

1) Requirements for Voice Assistant: Smartphone or Tablet and the TV Remote 2 App. Voice Print functionality is not available. Voice Assistant: availability varies by location.

AS500

·  Full HD1 LED TV with 100Hz (BLB) - enjoy clear motion quality for fast-moving action or sports

·  My Home Screen - customise the start-up screen to quickly access your favourite apps or the App Market

·  Internet Apps - browse the Web, access social sites, enjoy Skype video calls and big-screen entertainment

·  Swipe & Share - use your mobile device with Panasonic TV Remote App 2 to stream media directly to the TV

1) 32“ and 24“ models are HD ready only

A400

·  Full HD1 LED TV with 100Hz (BLB) - enjoy clear motion quality for fast-moving action or sports

·  Media Player - play back photos, movies and music on the TV easily from any USB storage device

·  High Contrast - delivers deep blacks and bright whites for more dynamic images with great colour

·  V-Audio - enjoy rich sound from high-quality two-directional speakers

1) 32“ model is HD ready only 2) Pedestal varies from displayed model

 

[1]  Does not apply for A400 series

[2]  A600 series only

[3]  AS600 and AS500 series only

[4] Voice Assistant: availability varies by location.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and engineering of electronic technologies and solutions for customers in residential, non-residential, mobility and personal applications. Since its founding in 1918, the company has expanded globally and now operates over 500 consolidated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of 7.30 trillion yen (68 billion euros) for the year ended March 31, 2013. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company strives to create a better life and a better world for its customers. For more information about Panasonic, please visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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