October 16, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Ready to ditch that cable box? Go get one of the new Panasonic Viera HDTVs that include tru2way technology.
If you haven’t heard about tru2way, you’re probably in the majority. In a nutshell it’s a common platform for cable companies and electronics manufacturers to include cable’s interactive features like video on demand and menu guides right from your TV—no set-top box necessary.
Anyway, Panasonic will make available its 42-inch TH-42PZ80Q and 50-inch TH-50PZ80Q Viera plasmas later this month at places like Abt Electronics, Ultimate Electronics and Circuit City, beginning in the Chicago and Denver areas where Comcast is on board with tru2way to deliver the digital cable goods straight to the Vieras and bypass the box.
The TVs themselves have 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, built-in SD memory card readers and Viera Link to give you some Panasonic-filtered web content. Expect a larger rollout of the tru2way cable service in other Comcast-ruled areas in the coming months.
Look for the 42-inch Panasonic model for an SRP of $1,599, and the 50-incher for $2,299.
Follow Electronic House
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.
FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.
Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.