Report: Pioneer bringing LCD TVs to North America next year

Company known for its plasma televisions is said to be prepping LCD sets for North American consumers.

Plasma TV purveyor Pioneer is bringing its LCD TVs to North America and Japan early next year, according to reports.

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A Pioneer representative in the U.S. didn't have an immediate comment on the report in the Japan Corporate News Network citing unnamed Pioneer officials as saying at a recent company product showcase that it will bring 32-inch and 37-inch LCD TVs to Asia and North America "in the first half of 2009." The report also says Sharp will be supplying the panels, but doesn't give any model names.

But it makes sense. Pioneer is already selling 32-inch and 37-inch LCDs in Europe. (See Crave UK's report here.) Sharp supplying the LCD panels follows the pattern of the recent deal Pioneer made with Panasonic to make panels for its plasma TVs.

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