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Panasonic VIERA Connect™ Platform Continues To Re-Define The TV Experience In 2013 With Enhanced Connectivity Features, Popular New Apps And Exciting New Partnerships
By: PR Newswire
Jan. 7, 2013 01:45 PM
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, a leader in Full HD and Smart TV technologies, announced today at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show a new wave of applications1 and enhanced connectivity features1 that will debut on its line of 2013 VIERA Connect™ –enabled Smart VIERA HDTVs including more robust options for streaming and sharing photo and video content via tablet and Smartphone devices, and the launch of an on-line shopping experience which will take shopping via HDTV to a whole new level of interaction.
VIERA Connect is Panasonic's connected TV platform which enables owners of VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems access to a wide range of internet-based video-on-demand content and applications covering everything from news and fitness, social networking, music and online shopping and gaming. VIERA Connect requires no external box or PC2 and is accessed via a single button on the television remote control.
New Apps for 2013
Also new for 2013 are apps from:
VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs feature built-in Wireless LAN and provide USB connectivity which enables the addition of a wireless keyboard and gaming controllers for more efficient navigation and communication. There is no fee to use the VIERA Connect functionality4.
"Through our VIERA Connect™ platform, we have been able to re-define and significantly expand the power of the TV in your home," said Merwan Mereby, Panasonic's Vice President of Interactive Content & Services. "When we debuted VIERA Connect in 2008, it offered simple access to a sampling of popular content sites. In 2013, VIERA Connect transforms our Smart VIERA HDTVs and Blu-ray Disc players into the centerpiece of the consumer's connected world with access to a seemingly endless menu of content, much of which can also be shared seamlessly between the consumer's other smart devices and those of their family and friends. We are proud to partner with YouTube and HSN, leaders in their respective fields, to launch category-breaking apps and technologies on our VIERA Connect platform which will change the way consumers interact with their TVs."
An Already Impressive Line-up of Apps and Features
VIERA Connect™ also offers a growing list of technological features including an optimized-for-TV Web Browser, VIERA® Remote App for Smartphone and Tablet devices including the new Swipe & Share 2.0 – a feature which enable users to transfer the memorable moments they capture on their Smartphone or tablet devices directly to the large screen on 2013 VIERA Connect-enabled Smart VIERA® HDTVs with a simple swipe of the finger and transfer them back to their smart devices. VIERA Connect also features Social Network TV which enables viewers to watch TV while also using their Skype video calling, Twitter and Facebook feeds simultaneously on the same screen.
VIERA Connect Availability
Support of HTML5
Smart TV Alliance
VIERA Connect Market
For information on Panasonic's VIERA Connect™ Smart TV platform visit www.panasonic.com.
About Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America
Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company's Eco Ideas programs. In the 2012 Interbrand Annual Best Global Green Brands ranking, the Panasonic brand jumped four spots to number six: http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2012-Report.aspx. Follow Panasonic on Twitter @PanasonicUSA, and additional company information for media is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
1 Specific go-live dates and availability details for 2013 VIERA Connect™ applications will be announced at a later date. Some 2013 VIERA Connect applications will only be compatible with 2013 VIERA Connect-enabled Panasonic VIERA HDTVs due to specific technology requirements required to activate certain applications.
2 Access to a broadband Internet connection is required to access VIERA Connect features.
3 Skype video calling requires a Skype-enabled camera available from Panasonic, sold separately, to make video calls.
4 There is no fee to use the VIERA Connect functionality however some services have a separate fee structure to view movies and sports events and certain apps available via VIERA Connect Market require an additional fee.
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