Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic
said it will add a new Social Network application to 2011 Internet-connected
Viera HDTVs that will allow accessing social-media sites, including Facebook
The 2011 Viera Connect 2011 HDTVs and future models will enable
engaging with friends through social-networking communities while
simultaneously viewing TV programming.
Panasonic also announced the addition of a new gaming application
from PlayJam and a movie/video channel dedicated to Bollywood, called BigFlix.
Panasonic said none of the new applications will require an
BigFlix will allow users to access Bollywood Video on Demand,
while the PlayJam game channel will provide users with multiple online gaming
As part of a new promotion that also was announced, Panasonic said
it will allow users to download three games from Gameloft, including Asphalt 5,
free of charge.
"Panasonic prides itself on listening to consumer opinions and
acting upon those suggestions to provide the best possible entertainment
experience," stated Merwan Mereby, Panasonic North America VP. "Panasonic has,
with the new Social Network app, expanded and enhanced the functionality of
Internet TV and provided users with functions they were looking for. Connected
TV will continue to become an increasingly important feature for consumers and
Panasonic is working tirelessly to build upon the already robust entertainment
and connectivity experiences our Viera Connect customers can enjoy."
The new apps will be added to a suite of Viera-Connect apps that
already include Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, HuluPlus, CinemaNow, Ustream,
Skype voice and video calling, Twitter, Facebook, Pandora, YouTube, Google's
Picasa Web Album and WSJ (Wall Street Journal) Live.
Other apps and services include MLS and Fox Sports, gaming sites
such as Asphalt 5 and Free Throw, health and wellness sites such as Body Media
and Withings Body Mass Scale, and weather service from Accuweather.
Most apps are free to consumers.