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CES 2014: Panasonic press conference (live blog)

See what Panasonic has in store for 2014 with our live blog of the company's press conference at CES 2014.

  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:20:11 PM
    Yet another Smart TV redesign. As usual, the proof will be in how simple this is to use. In other words, how quickly you can get to Netflix.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:20:22 PM
    Tom just liked something on the remote, and then threw a golf ball dramatically in the air while tuning in to some sports programming.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:20:43 PM
    There's an info bar, remote sharing to a phone (an iPhone 4, for the record).
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:20:55 PM
    "Beyond smart TV" is the catch line.
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:20:58 PM
    Groovy music on this video. Everybody in the press corps is getting up and dancing. Not really.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:21:00 PM
    Demo over... not a hint of applause.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:21:09 PM
    It'll be featured on all 2014 1080p and 4K TVs.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:21:33 PM
    They're going to "deliver Plasma-level picture quality with LED technology." A couple of people here just coughed conspicuously.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:21:41 PM
    "We have achieved it, and we are delivering it."
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:21:44 PM
    That's quite a claim. I have my doubts.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:22:06 PM
    The AX800 4K LED TV will launch at 58 - 65-inch display sizes, launching this year. The 65-incher is behind her on the stage.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:22:16 PM
    There are 4 series of LED HDTVs launching this year as well.
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:22:26 PM
    Ah, unmentioned in the stuff I was pre-briefed on is an 85-inch model, coming later in the year.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:22:32 PM
    We're being asked to go to their booth to see these all, and more.
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:22:38 PM
    85-inch 4K that is.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:22:55 PM
    Okay, time to talk about beauty needs...
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:23:10 PM
    "Some of the most watched experts on YouTube will be joining our live at CES Google Hangouts to share the word as well."
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:23:28 PM
    Aaaand that's it for TVs. I guess they were serious when they began the press conference with "we're not just a TV company."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:23:32 PM
    Devin Supertramp will be using the company's action camera, and they have a 4K wearable camcorder they're showing off.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:23:53 PM
    A model on the stage is wearing it now, clipped to her face... somewwhat conspicuously.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:24:08 PM
    The HX-A100 is the name.
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:24:38 PM
    Again, here's the TV stuff. Not much to get excited about, at least on paper. No real specifics about how they plan to match plasma picture quality with LED TVs. I guess we'll see. www.cnet.com
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:24:40 PM
    Now the Lumix GX7 still camera, which can "create an image that includes motion as well." You know, video.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:24:54 PM
    Panasonic calls it "hybrid photography" and many of their 2014 cameras will feature the tech.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:25:18 PM
    There's a line of speakers that support Qualcomm's AllPlay standard. It lets you "set the mood quickly and directly."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:25:32 PM
    Support for Napster, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Soma FM, and Grooveshark.
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:25:35 PM
    LG, Samsung and now Panasonic get a SONOS competitor. Finally some competition in that space.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:25:41 PM
    And finally...
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:25:55 PM
    The highly anticipated launch of the Panasonic Beauty market!
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:26:03 PM
    Finally! I was waiting for the beauty products!
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:26:18 PM
    Kandee Johnson will be the face of Panasonic Beauty.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:26:34 PM
    Oh boy, they have a beauty salon at their booth. You can experience their Nanoe hair dryer.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:26:48 PM
    It "adds moisture to your hair" which is extremely vital when you're in the middle of the desert.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:26:58 PM
    "For all you guys out there wanting a blow-out, come by and see the booth."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:26:59 PM
  • David Katzmaier 1/6/2014 6:27:18 PM
    Kandee Johnson knows her stuff, trust me. Anybody with a delicious phonetic name is great in my book.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:27:57 PM
    Okay, time to be talking automotive.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:28:18 PM
    "9 of the 10 largest names in the auto industry are exhibiting at this year's CES, and in fact many of them are here with us today."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:28:31 PM
    "Consumers demand more information, more entertainment, and more connectivity options in their vehicles."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:28:38 PM
    The automotive sector is Panasonic's largest growing division.
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:29:01 PM
    "We have achieved this by focusing on solutions to keep customers entertained and as connected in their cars as they would be in their homes."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:29:09 PM
    "We are now clearly the leader in vehicle electrification."
  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:29:46 PM
    They've partnered with Tesla and Toyota for component supply. They also provide rear-view cameras and sensor tech, all of which factors in to autonomous driving.
  • sarahtew 1/6/2014 6:30:10 PM


  • Tim Stevens 1/6/2014 6:30:18 PM
    There's a new HUD that is 40 percent smaller than current ones, technology that was developed perviously for the company's projectors.
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