SECAUCUS, NJ (February 10, 2005) - For NAB 2005, Panasonic has introduced the BT-LH1700W, a broadcast-quality 16:9 high definition/standard definition LCD monitor for studio and field applications. Displaying brilliant, highly color saturated images, the 17" space-saving, widescreen monitor produces exceptional color reproduction and gradation and allows the user to display widescreen high definition images in their natural resolution.

The multi-format BT-LH1700 offers a 1280 x 768 pixel WXGA-resolution, an amazingly fast response time, and faithfully reproduces up to 16.7 million colors. The 17" flat panel monitor offers a wide viewing angle of 176 degrees vertical and horizontal. It offers an array of input/outputs including SDI, Y/Pb/Pr, RGB, composite and S-video, as well as an audio input.

Thin and lightweight, the rack-mountable BT-LH1700 was designed to simplify demanding high definition and standard definition production tasks. It is equipped with intuitive, easy-to-use manual controls -- with independent control knobs for brightness, contrast, chroma, phase -- needed for video production and broadcast applications. The monitor incorporates a RG tally display.

The monitor displays 1080/24PsF, 1080i, 720P and 480i video format inputs. The unit also includes a built-in stereo speaker and a VESA mount.

The BT-LH1700 will be available in the Third Quarter 2005.

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Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. is a leading supplier of broadcast, professional video and presentation products and systems. Panasonic Broadcast is a unit company of Panasonic Corporation of North America. The company is the North American headquarters of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC) of Japan, and the hub of its U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations For more information on Panasonic Broadcast products, access the company's web site at .