UWB-packing high definition LCD and plasma sets.
Almost as if it wanted to set up the obvious pun, Hitachi’s refreshed line-up of TVs, which includes several new ranges under the Wooo umbrella, packs an interesting set of features intended to woo us (sorry).
Up first we have the UT-series, in 1,366 x 768 32in and 1,920 x 1,080 37in and 42in models. The stand out feature of these sets is the inclusion of an ultra-wideband module. By adding UWB Hitachi has packed most of the TV’s inputs into a separate box, keeping the size of the set itself down – to 1.4in thick to be precise.
That combines with the launch of the Wooonet service, allowing both transfers from Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) devices, such as PCs, and also connection to a video-on-demand portal. Further, the UT-series all have 250GB hard drives and iV ports allowing iVDR hard drive cartridges to be used to augment the default capacity, as well as transfer content between sets.
The XV series TVs come in the same size and resolution options as the UTs but don’t feature UWB modules and thus also have larger dimensions as the components are all internally fitted. No internal hard drives here either, but an iV port is still there to allow storage to be added.
On the plasma side, Hitachi is offering the 02-series. Two 50in sets with either a 1,920 x 1,080 or 1,280 x 1,080 resolution and a 42in set packing a 1,024 x 1,080 panel. All of these have claimed support for Deep Colour, should content ever surface. The higher specced 50in distinguishes itself further by being the only set to pack an internal hard drive, although all three versions offer iV docks.
Pricing and availability are undisclosed by Hitachi, but those in Japan should see the Wooo range of TVs popping up in stores from now. The rest of the world will have to wait a little longer to jump on the UWB bandwagon; alas to say.