We've talked about Panasonic's new CableCARD, the tru2way before, however, the devices are going to see the light of day very soon. Specifically, Chicago and Denver will be the cities privileged to get the tru2way-enabled VIERA HDTVs first.
With tru2way, cable subscribers will now be able to receive cable and interactive features without an external cable box. The TVs will go on sale toward the end of this month from Circuit City, Abt Electronics and Ultimate Electronics stores.
Some options you will have include a 42-inch and 50-inch model called the TH-42PZ80Q and TH-50PZ80Q, respectively, and will retail for $1,600 and $2,300. More cities are expected to get the device in the months that follow, though there's no word on when Comcast will have their systems prepared for the new CableCARDs. Update: We just got word that Comcast cable systems in Chicago and Denver are tru2way-ready now, so the new HDTVs will be supported immediately after going on sale. [Thanks, Jenni!]