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FInd out what Panasonic's got in store with new 3D TVs, 3D Blu-ray systems and 3D Blu-ray players for Christmas

Updated 18.00:

OK, we've managed to glean a bit more information from Panasonic. Here's some extra detail on all the new kit coming your way.

TelevisionsTX-P46VT20 £2000TX-P42VT20 £1800

Both available nowNeo PDP panelsTHX certifiedX4 HDMI inInfinite Black PRO technology600Hz picture processing for 2D and 3D contentHigh Contrast Filter ProIntelligent Frame Creation Pro3D playback from SD card or USB inputViera CastDLNA2 pairs of 3D glasses includedWireless dongle includedTX-P42GT20 £1500

Available nowNeo PDP panelTHX certifiedX4 HDMI inInfinite Black technology600Hz picture processing for 2D and 3D contentHigh Contrast FilterIntelligent Frame Creation Pro3D playback from SD card or USB inputViera CastDLNAUK model will include 2 pairs of 3D glassesWireless dongle is optional

More after the break

3D glasses

In October, Panasonic will also be launching a new pair of rechargeable 3D glasses. They will be available in three different sizes – the model numbers are as follows:


These new glasses are lighter than the current model, boasting a more traditional design. You can also recharge them via your 3D Viera's USB input. Pricing is TBC.

3D Blu-ray player

DMP-BDT100 £280It may be brand spanking new, but you'll find an exclusive review of this player in the November issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, on sale September 17th.

3D Blu-ray-in-a-box

Panasonic has also announced the imminent arrival of three 3D-capable systems

SC-BTT755 £6493D playbackHD audio decodingTall-boy speakersViera CastWireless-ready rear speakersWi-Fi ready (requires optional dongle)Integrated iPod/iPhone dock

SC-BTT355 £449Similar specification to ‘BTT755 but features smaller satellite speakers.SC-BFT800 £699Wall-mountable 3D Blu-ray soundbarWireless subwooferHD audio decodingiPod/iPhone compatible

Obviously, we've asked Panasonic for one of everything and we're readying the test rooms as we type. Keep your eyes peeled for further news as and when we get it…

Published 15.00:

The Panasonic press launch has begun here at the IFA Show in Berlin, so we'll bring you the headlines as they happen, with a more detailed story and pictures to follow.

Highlights so far are:

• Panasonic claims it will be the No.1 green innovation company in the electronics industry by 2018. Expect a lot of similar environmental claims at IFA.

• Q1 this year saw Panasonic sales up 135% vs 2009. Claims to have 11.7% share of the European consumer electronics market as of June 2010, a rise from 7% in 2004.

• There are 54 3D plasmas for us to watch!

• Company is launching a 3D consumer camcorder. And there's a 3D conversion lens that fits on the end of a standard-size, Full HD camcorder, the Panasonic HDC-SDT750. Neat.

• New 3D TV line-up: new 3D plasmas, new 3D Blu-ray systems/players, and new range of 3D glasses, including different sizes of specs. All due by Christmas.

•  Company drops big hints that it will bundle 3D Blu-ray of Avatar with its products around Christmas time. But no official announcement yet.
•  As expected the new Panasonic 3D Viera sets are 42in and 46in plasmas. There'll be 42in GT20, 42in VT20 and 46in VT20. Panasonic 42in GT20 available immediately.
• The 42in and 46in VT20 sets will be in the shops by October 1st. Prices to follow.
• Panasonic will offer 3D video-on-demand from next year, via Acetrax movies on VieraCast (ie: via a web connection). 
• Eurosport 3D TV to be available as a consumer channel by the time of the French Open tennis tournament next spring.
• If you're at IFA this weekend, Panasonic will be showing a live feed of the US Open tennis in 3D at its stand, Friday-Sunday from 5pm.