AE3000 going on sale on November 1st in Japan. More info in posts below, original post below this untouched.
I went to CEATEC earlier this week (there's a link to a few photos in my sig currently) and JVC was the only one to really have front projectors going on. That said, I didn't really see Sanyo or Epson with a real presence, if they had a booth at all (there was so much I could have easily seen it and forgotten it) while Sony was all about OLED and their digital SLRs. That said, Panasonic had one of the single biggest booths at the entire show, and they had another
booth in halls 7-8 that was pretty big. For all that floor space, they had nothing
about front projectors, and when I asked about the AE3000, I had to wait for a while to confirm that they didn't have it, then I had to wait for a while again when I asked if there was anyone
from Panasonic who could talk about their LCD projectors. No one.
I don't want to jump to conclusions, but it's October, and Panasonic's Japanese page (http://panasonic.jp/projector/
) is still selling AE2000s, and neither Kakaku.com nor any of the stores have anything on the AE3000.
Is Panasonic exiting the Japanese front projector market? Considering they've got a pretty compelling product with the AE3000, it'd be pretty surprising to me if they aren't selling it here. (And if they are selling it here, why is there zero information on it?)