We loved the Panasonic plasmas with built-in freesat. The integration of HD content from the BBC and ITV was a dream come true for us picture geeks. The problem was, Panasonic didn't have any LCDs in the range, which meant there weren't any screens in the more popular, smaller sizes with convenient freesat.
Now, however, Panasonic is introducing the G10 range, which comes in two sizes, 32 and 37 inches -- the £900 TX-L32G10 and £1,050 TX-L37G10 -- both of which have freesat included. There are also the usual inputs, ready to take your manifold HD and SD signals. There are four HDMI inputs, three of which are at the back. There's also component video, a pair of Scart sockets and Ethernet -- a requirement of freesat. Sadly, there's no VieraCast Web services, a great shame considering the presence of a network connection.
These TVs also feature IPS Alpha panels, which should mean you get greatly increased viewing angle -- crucial if your lounge is the size of a, or have a bunch of friends coming over to watch sport in glorious HD. 1080p support is also present and correct. An SD card slot is also included, for looking at your photos and suchlike.
It goes without saying that we'll be conducting a full review of this TV in due course, but in the meantime, feast your eyes upon these choice photos.