Panasonic announces DMP-BT300 3D Blu-ray player and first 3D TVs
Sky may be preparing to beam its first 3D broadcasts into our homes from April, but it won't be the only way to see objects flying from your flatscreen this year. Panasonic has just announced its first 3D Blu-ray player with two 3D plasmas to match.
The DMP-BT300 is the first Blu-ray in Europe that's capable of spinning Full HD 3D discs, and will be arriving in May. It'll apparently boot up in half a second and sports two HDMIs – one for sending the video to your TV, and one to pipe the sound to your amp.
Sadly, the 3D effect won't work on your existing TV. Panasonic's system uses 'frame sequential method' – images are displayed in alteration for your left and right eyes – so you'll need a pair of its Viera glasses (£100 a pop) and a 3D-ready TV to get the effect of footballs flying at your face.
Luckily, Panasonic has announced two such TVs – the 50in TX-P50VT20E and 65in TX-P65VT20E. They won't come cheap, with respective price tags of £2000 and £4000, although you do get a pair of 3D glasses thrown in. Both are expected to arrive in the UK in May.
If you prefer your TV to stay in just the two dimensions, Panasonic has also announced its first LED TVs. The D25 (42in, 37in), D28 (37in, 32in, 22in, 19in) and V20 (37in and 42in) ranges all have 600Hz processing for super-smooth action and access to Viera Cast, which has now has new services including Daily Motion and Skype for video calling. We'll bring you pricing and release dates when we get them.