Panasonic Leads US Channel Sales for Hospitality Televisions in 2011 According to DisplaySearch

Panasonic claimed the top three sales spots with its 32-inch TH-32LRU30, 32-inch TH-32LRU20 and 42-inch TH-42LRU30, outselling hospitality televisions from LG, Samsung and Philips, respectively.

SECAUCUS, N.J.--Panasonic, a provider of professional LCD and plasma display and digital signage solutions, announced today that analyst group DisplaySearch has named them the sales leader for hospitality televisions sold via the channel in 2011. Panasonic claimed the top three sales spots with its 32-inch TH-32LRU30, 32-inch TH-32LRU20 and 42-inch TH-42LRU30, outselling hospitality televisions from LG, Samsung and Philips, respectively.


Leveraging information and expertise from both DisplaySearch and the Commercial Technology Group at NPD, the report covers markets such as hospitality, digital signage, corporate conference rooms, public transportation and more."

The LRU Series of professional LCD displays combines impressive image quality and a sleek, sophisticated, space-saving design with built-in hidden speakers that allow these stylish displays to fit easily into any hotel environment. Built to meet in-room specifications, these LCD displays offer the benefit and flexibility of integrated TV solutions with built-in tuners and SD card slots.

Panasonic displays are set apart from competitive offerings due to their reliability, ease of installation, and service and support program. Each display comes attached to a locking pedestal to prevent theft and potential damage and is ready to be set up right out of the box. LRU30 displays, successors to the LRU20 Series, include built-in digital tuners with Pro:Idiom Tri-band tuning, making them compatible with most major PPV and free-to-guest hotel TV systems. Cloning can also be done with the use of an SD card, allowing for the easy transfer of all settings to a large number of units without having to set up individual TVs by remote. These models are also backed by a comprehensive 2-year on-site parts and labor limited warranty. Additionally, the Panasonic Concierge Service provides a toll-free hotline and 24-hour priority scheduling of on-site service if a display is in need of service or repair.

"We make it a priority to listen to our hospitality customers to ensure our in-room display solutions meet their needs. With an impressive list of professional features, as well as excellent image quality and the lowest failure rates in the industry, guests will have an excellent experience when they're viewing their photos via the display's SD card slot, renting a movie or simply watching TV on our LRU Series of in-room televisions," said Rick Albert, vice president, flat panel displays & hospitality, Panasonic Solutions Company. "We have installed a strategy of moving this historically direct-to-end user business to a channel strategy where a high percentage of hospitality sales are through our distributors and resellers. Our channel partners appreciate this positive move and our mutual end user customers also appreciate the increased level of service and support they receive through our channel partners."

DisplaySearch released its findings in its Monthly Large Format Commercial Displays Sell Through Report, which captured and analyzed US commercial sell-through data through Q3 2011 from AV and IT resellers and distributor channels for large-format LCD and PDP displays (>26"). Leveraging information and expertise from both DisplaySearch and the Commercial Technology Group at NPD, the report covers markets such as hospitality, digital signage, corporate conference rooms, public transportation and more.

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The TH-LRU30 Series of professional displays are available now from authorized Panasonic resellers.

For more information on Panasonic's flat-panel display solutions go to http://www.panasonic.com/business/flat-panel-displays/index.asp.

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