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First commercial installation of world's largest 103 inch PDP


August 31, 2006

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September 1, 2006 NBC Universal has become the first commercial customer to purchase Panasonic’s US$70,000 103" plasma display. Panasonic is supplying NBC with two 103" full high definition professional plasma displays to be integrated into the set of NBC's "Football Night in America" studio show. The super-size TH-103PF9UK offers 16-bit widescreen progressive display featuring full HD (1,920 x 1,080) resolution, a contrast ratio of 5,000:1, and 4,096 equivalent steps of colour gradation. The 1080p display's screen resolution, which amounts to about 2 megapixels, equals twice the resolution of high-definition televisions that are commonly available today and boasts an effective display area of approximately 89" wide by 50" high, which is equivalent in size to four 50" Panasonic plasma displays.

The TH-103PF9UK is designed to produce breathtaking-quality images and features a Super Cinema Mode and new image-enhancing technologies to reproduce crisp, film-like motion images in native 1920 x 1080 progressive resolution. Its new Real Black Creation color-enhancing feature produces high-contrast and rich, deep blacks resulting in an impressively high contrast level (5000:1). Included in its outstanding features are a Contrast Management system that optimizes the contrast for each individual portion of the image displayed and a high-precision Motion Pattern Noise Reduction circuit that adjusts the image to optimize picture quality by detecting motion patterns that generate noise.

The TH-103PF9UK can display 1080/60p/50p, 1080/60i/50i/24p/24sF/25p/30p, 1080/50i, 720/60p/50p 480/60i/p, and 575/50i/p video signals. As the largest member of Panasonic's high-performing professional plasma display family, the TH-103PF9UK features three interchangeable, multi-function slots (in the back panel) which allow users to add and update their panel with different combinations of optional terminal boards for a variety of applications. The 103" plasma display comes standard with the TY-FB9DD DVI board (compatible with UXGA input), TY-42TM6A analog component board, an integrated D-sub15 PC input, and an integrated D-sub9 RS232C interface. Optional plug-in boards assure expanded connectivity, including HD-SDI and DVI, as well as a variety of advanced functionality including monitor control, networking, running of internal applications and data storage, and remote signal playback.

The 103" plasma display will be available in November 2006 at a suggested list price of US$69,999.95.

Panasonic Broadcast is accepting orders for the TH-103PF9UK and users can call 1-800-528-8601 to receive additional information.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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