Welcome to the Panasonic live blog everyone. We're slated to start at the top of the hour. Folks are still filing into the ballroom and we'll have updates on the latest as soon as the company's execs take the stage.
charles.cooper1/6/2014 5:42:40 PM
While we wait, any opinions/preferences out there on the OLED vs conventional LCD question? (As you likely know, Panasonic last month ended its OLED partnership with Sony to focus on 4K UHD sets.)
Big John1/6/2014 5:49:27 PM
I'm hoping they announce a new projector....and I really hope it is a 4K projector.
Centex1/6/2014 5:49:48 PM
I personally would love to see more widespread usage of Quantum Dot LCDs
Thanes1/6/2014 5:49:59 PM
Hi Charles, I've always been a fan of Panasonic plasma's and when I heard they wouldn't be moving forward with the line I was disappointed. As such, what are you looking forward to be the "replacement" for the Plasma line of TVS?
charles.cooper1/6/2014 5:51:42 PM
@Big John: Just curious: How much would you be willing to pay for a 4K projector? (I'm cheap so I likely wouldn't do it unless the device was ultra-inexpensive)
Anthony 1/6/2014 5:51:51 PM
I'm expecting fewer P&S Lumix cameras this year
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 5:53:57 PM
We're live and in our seats! The conference should be starting in just about 7 minutes.
Big John1/6/2014 5:56:03 PM
@Charles Cooper I would pay up to $10,000. It would still be way cheaper than Sony's.
Anthony 1/6/2014 5:56:10 PM
ZT60 was last year's flagship for Plasma, so I'm hoping for something like it but now LCD
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 5:57:54 PM
We're dealing with some connectivity issues here, folks, but we're doing our best to get some photos flowing.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 5:59:14 PM
Journalists are taking their seats and we're about ready to roll. Are you?
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 5:59:38 PM
We're in a conference room at the Mandalay Bay casino. Turtles and sharks and other exciting creatures are just a stone's throw away.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 5:59:51 PM
None, however, appear to be in this particular room. There are quite a few TVs and various home appliances scattered about.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:00:51 PM
It's standing room only in here. Journalists from all around the world are hurriedly stepping on each others toes to grab the last seats.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:01:21 PM
Music? Tom Jones, of course. This is Vegas.
sarahtew1/6/2014 6:02:10 PM
ajdomanico1/6/2014 6:03:24 PM
it's not unusual to hear tom jones at CES.
charles.cooper1/6/2014 6:04:04 PM
@ajdomanico : So far, yours is my fave' line coming out of CES 2014. Well done, sir!
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:04:07 PM
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2014 Panasonic press conference."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:04:17 PM
It's Betty Noonan, Panny's CMO.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:04:52 PM
And she's just handing things over to Joe Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic North America.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:05:10 PM
"It's been quite a journey to get here" -- sounds like he got into some travel trouble like many of us did.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:05:26 PM
"Panasonic is more than a TV company, we're a company that's dedicated to creating a better life. A better world."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:05:49 PM
"As never before we're taking the consumer technologies that you know us best for... and re-imagining them in the business solutions for the auto industry, the airlines, even quick-serve restaurants."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:05:52 PM
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:06:35 PM
Joe's teasing we'll be seeing some wearable tech, some home entertainment tech, and some auto tech as well.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:06:43 PM
"I hope you learn something and enjoy what we present this morning."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:06:53 PM
He's also inviting us down to see the Panasonic booth, too. How kind.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:07:05 PM
"Amazing electronics that improve our productivity and our experiences at work and at play."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:07:41 PM
Taylor is talking about a 4K OLED Video Wave, a 21-feet long selection of panels that are both convex and concave. That seems... slightly excessive.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:07:57 PM
Rance Poehler is up now, President of Panasonic Systems NA.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:08:21 PM
Basically, it's an integrated solutions company for governments and enterprises.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:08:36 PM
"While many companies are focused on 4K for the consumer, we are focused on bringing 4K technology to our business customers."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:09:08 PM
He's referencing a 31-inch 4K monitor, for reference and footage review.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:09:25 PM
And a 4K Varicam, 24p up to 100/120p, writing to Ultra HD P2 Cards.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:09:37 PM
It's said to be "very affordable." We're thinking that's not the case for most consumers.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:10:07 PM
There's a 4K projector coming to market later this year, with pixel-quadrupling "beyond 4K."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:10:15 PM
"We expect considerable interest in 4K also in our security business."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:10:39 PM
This is a somewhat... curious way to start the conference at consumer electronics show, but hey, let's talk about industrial applications.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:11:11 PM
"With using 4K technology in our security cameras, we can actually reduce the number of cameras in an installation, and reduce the cost overall."
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:11:25 PM
He's talking about the 20-inch 4K tablet they showed last year, now.
Tim Stevens1/6/2014 6:11:51 PM
There's a new version with an i7 chip. It will "deliver a user experience that is perfect for the manipulation of data." Architecture, design, health care...