Panasonic VIERA PZ850 flagship plasmas launched

Panasonic knows plasma TVs and the latest high-end lineup shows why. The 30,000:1 native contrast ratio, Digital Cinema Color, anti-reflective screen, four HDMI inputs, and four sizes ranging from 65- to 46-inches are sure to tickle AV guys funny; until they see the $7k price for the big boy though. Maybe Panasonic’s implementation of IPTV will justify the cost.

Touted as VIERA Cast, this flavor of IPTV comes via Panasonic’s own servers and currently features only YouTube, Bloomberg, and Picaso. I wish Panasonic the best of luck with the IPTV venture, but so far, consumers seem not interested in the service. Maybe this time though, they will take notice.