Panasonic launched its 2010 line of plasma and LCD TVs at CES early in January, but Wednesday in New York the company gave a formal demonstration of its new televisions shipping over the next couple of months, highlighting improvements in picture quality as well as new features.
The 2010 models we saw ranged from lower-end LCDs up to the 3D-compatible VT25 series, which won our overall Best of CES Award. The company's reps characterized this demonstration as "2D only," however, and nary a pair of shutter glasses was in sight. They said the VT25 would ship in May/June and its price was still undetermined, although pricing and availability for most of the rest of the company's TVs was confirmed.
The most notable of those other TVs was the TC-PG20/25 series. Improvements over the current G10/G15 sets include a higher native contrast ratio spec, for what that's worth, (5,000,000:1 vs. 2,000,000:1) and a better VieraCast service with Netflix and Skype. The demonstration showed off the effects of these improvements, and to my eyes the better contrast ratio, manifested as the TVs ability to show a darker shade of black, was the big story.