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Panasonic Viera..with card slot.

andie
04-30-2008, 12:27 PM
a friend of mine is thinking of buying the panasonic viera with a card slot..or, since he likes my toshba regza so much, he's also considering that.
i remember reading some pros and cons on this..
the slot enables one to get/receive hdtv without a cable box? would like some opinions please.. thanks.

Jim Bob Jones
04-30-2008, 01:28 PM
Nice feature if you have a digital camera. Excellent representation of images on the media card. Those shot at slowest film speed with decent camera can reveal breathtaking depth, detail and color A little slow moving from image to image.

BrianO
04-30-2008, 02:08 PM
Nice feature if you have a digital camera. Excellent representation of images on the media card. Those shot at slowest film speed with decent camera can reveal breathtaking depth, detail and color A little slow moving from image to image.

The OP was asking about CableCard slots, not the digital media type of slot that you are describing. A CableCard slot is used instead of a set top box for premium digital cable channels and has nothing to do with viewing digital camera images.

andie
04-30-2008, 03:04 PM
The OP was asking about CableCard slots, not the digital media type of slot that you are describing. A CableCard slot is used instead of a set top box for premium digital cable channels and has nothing to do with viewing digital camera images.

youre right..is that what this tv has..my friend is not interested in the camera part.

BrianO
04-30-2008, 03:21 PM
youre right..is that what this tv has..my friend is not interested in the camera part.

Without knowing the exact model number there is no way of knowing if the TV has a CableCard slot. Viera is a brand name not a model number.

andie
04-30-2008, 03:42 PM
Without knowing the exact model number there is no way of knowing if the TV has a CableCard slot. Viera is a brand name not a model number.
this is what we mistakenly thought was a CABLE card, remember in my thread i stated "cable card to take place of cable box"..found this about the viera model.
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Despite the new big-screen plasma and LCD HDTVs announced by Panasonic here at CES, it was the smallest product announced that elicited the biggest response from the crowd.

While demoing the integrated SD card slot on its Viera line of HDTVs, a few oohs and ahs were audible from the crowd as the monitors on each side of the stage showed the card's capacity: a whopping 32GB of solid-state memory in the size of a postage stamp.

Panasonic officials said the card can hold about five-and-a-half hours of full high-definition video footage.

The 2008 lineup of Viera high-definition TVs will be able to play back video directly from its integrated SD card slot, in addition to displaying photos stored on the cards.

Jim Bob Jones
04-30-2008, 03:52 PM
The OP was asking about CableCard slots, not the digital media type of slot that you are describing. A CableCard slot is used instead of a set top box for premium digital cable channels and has nothing to do with viewing digital camera images.
Oops my bad. Didn't read the entire post in my haste to respond. I am not familiar with every model, but I don't believe many of the Pansonic plasmas have cable card slots.

BrianO
05-02-2008, 01:47 PM
I cannot find any recent Panasonic Viera model with CableCard. It also appears that most manufacturers have dropped the CableCard idea altogether. 3 or 4 years ago it was a quite common feature, now it seems to have gone the way of the Dodo.

The card readers found in today's Viera models are memory card readers, not CableCard slots. My Sony has both CableCard and a card reader but I don''t use either feature.

Loves2Watch
05-03-2008, 05:59 PM
And a cable card will only work if your cable company supports it which many don't, depending on the service area. In my opinion it is not worth the trouble. Just get a nice TV and use the cable or satellite box.