Best Buy and Panasonic Push 3D HDTV
If you are staying in US and wants to be an early adopter of 3D HDTV, you could go and buy one this week. According to web sources, Panasonic will be selling their 3D plasma HDTV later this week at a lower price than that in Japan.
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Panasonic will launch its 3D TVs in North America on Wednesday through Best Buy stores, with steep initial discounts all the way up to 50 percent off. That should put 50-inch models at around US$2,500.
Although the launch will be widespread, not every Best Buy location will be able to wrangle Panasonic’s 3D showcase. Panasonic will initially focus on “hundreds” of the largest Best Buy locations, to be followed by more than 1,000 later this year.
The company has big plans for 3D TV, aiming to move 1 million units in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011. The decline of plasma popularity has led to red ink for Panasonic’s plasma-centric line recently, and the company hopes to ride the rise of 3D back to the black.