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Netflix Goes Live On Panasonic's Viera Cast HW

9/09/2010 04:40:03 PM Eastern

Secaucus, N.J. - 
Panasonic announced that streaming instantly from Netflix is now available to
Netflix members via Panasonic's 2010 Viera Cast-enabled Viera HDTVs and Blu-ray
Disc players.

Netflix is the
latest entertainment feature to be added to Viera Cast, Panasonic's IPTV
functionality. Earlier this year, Panasonic added Skype voice and video
calling, Twitter and Pandora to an already robust list of popular entertainment
and information options, including Amazon Video on Demand, You Tube, Google's
Picasa Web Album, Bloomberg News and a weather service.

Netflix members
can instantly watch unlimited TV episodes and movies from a catalogue
consisting of tens of thousands of titles for as little as $8.99 per month,
Panasonic said.

For 2010 Viera
Cast-enabled HDTVs, Panasonic also introduced USB connectivity, which enables
the addition of a wireless LAN adaptor (802.11b or faster), a keyboard for more
efficient site navigation and communication, and USB memory that supports AVCHD
video and JPEG photos.  Viera Cast requires no external box or PC and is
accessed via a single button on the television remote control. There is no fee
to use the functionality, but some Viera Cast services such as Netflix and
Amazon VOD have a separate fee structure.