Panasonic to Increase 3D Production

The head of Panasonic’s TV business, Mr Hirotoshi Uehara, says the Japanese electronics company will boost its 3D-TV output, following the “sell out” in less than 7 days of its entire US stocks. The demand was enjoyed by other 3D set-suppliers following the announcement that TV network CBS would capture the US Masters golf tournament in 3D.

Panasonic sets should hit European stores in May and Mr Uehara said Panasonic was seeing bulk orders rising “day by day”. Panasonic has increased 3D production output by 30% to cope with the demand.

He also predicted that the initial lack of broadcast 3D content was not so much of a worry because all of Panasonic’s sets are capable of Internet connection, and this would probably lead to a strong demand for 3D-content from YouTube and similar sites.

"Recently more people are watching television via the internet, and that is unlimited, so I think there is a chance that the breakthrough for 3D will be via internet TV," he said.

By Chris Forrester, Rapid TV News