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Panasonic's Only Option For Supersized 3D Television Sets

If you are looking to buy a big 3D television set, larger than your average 50-inch model, then, there's Panasonic is, for the time being, the only manufacturer offering a model above 60-inch.

Both Sony and Samsung will be introducing 60-inch and 65-inch models in the third quarter of the year but for now, the Panasonic TX-P65VT20B, a 65-inch full HD 3D THX-compatible plasma TV is the only one your money can get.

For £4500 from Forumhifivisual, the 65-inch television set is a pretty impressive one. It includes both Freesat HD and a Freeview HD tuners (one of each rather than a pair of each) and uses the 13th generation progressive Full-HD NeoPDP (Plasma Display Panel).

With a contrast ratio of 5000000:1 and the high contrast filter pro, the device manages to produce extremely robust blacks, which in theory, should be far better than any LED/LCD panels.

Add in a pair of bundled 3D glasses, three speakers, support for Dolby Digital Plus and THX technology and the whole set of VIERA tools and you have a pretty complete full HD solution.

The TX-P65VT20B has two USB ports (which can be used as PVR), four HDMI ports, Composite Video input, PC Input, audio input, optical in, audio in and much more. As expected, you will be able to access the internet through VIERA cast and that means that you will be able to use Skype and Twitter as well.

Panasonic will also introduce three new sets towards the end of the year (just in time for Christmas) that will up the ante even more. The TH-152UX1, TH-103VX200U and TH-85VX200U will be 152-inch, 103-inch and 85-inch plasma displays respectively.

Net Communities, the publishers of, have just rolled out a new website called (opens in new tab) in partnership with Panasonic where various myths and facts about 3D technology are explored with experts at hand to answer any questions you may have.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.