CES 2008: iPod Your JVC HDTV

JVC's new LCD HDTV has a dock for your iPod.

At CES 2008 in Las Vegas last week, JVC showed a new line of LCD HDTVs. The P Series includes four models, ranging in size from 32″ to 52″: LT-32P679, LT-42P789, LT-47P789, and LT-52P789. The smallest has Wide XGA resolution, but the other three are 1080p models. All have three HDMI inputs and a side-loading USB port that can play slide shows of digital photos.

But the special feature is the TeleDock. This is a tray that flips down in the front of the HDTV, revealing a dock for your iPod. When docked, you can control your iPod using the television’s remote, which has a set of buttons that mimic the iPods control wheel. In addition to playing back music tracks — the track and artist name are shown on the TV automatically — you also can watch videos and photos stored on your iPod. And the iPod will recharge while it’s in the TeleDock, whether the TV is turned on or not.

I confess that I have not yet been assimilated by the iPod Borg yet; I have a half dozen other devices on which I can play MP3 tracks. But for the millions of iPod users — many of whom live in limited space — having an all-in-0ne entertainment center such as one of these JVC P Series LCD HDTVs can make a lot of sense.