Panasonic Adds Amazon VOD To Viera Cast BD Players

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Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic said Tuesday it has expanded access to Amazon Video On Demand to its 2009 Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray Disc players.

The company said purchasers of Panasonic's 2009 Blu-ray Disc players should have automatically received a free software update Tuesday if their players were connected to a broadband network, and can begin using the service immediately after registering their device with Amazon Video On Demand.

Panasonic first introduced Amazon Video On Demand on Viera Cast-enabled Plasma HDTVs in April.

With the update Panasonic Viera Blu-ray Disc players will enable users to:

·           browse and shop for their favorite movies and TV shows from Amazon Video On Demand's  selection of more than 45,000 commercial-free titles, including the latest new releases and over 1000 titles in HD;

·           watch videos instantly streamed to through the player, without the need to download files of pay subscription fees; and

·           access and add to video selections to a virtual library of purchased content, via Amazon Video On Demand's Your Video Library, and re-watch them at any time on the Blu-ray Disc player or online with a PC, Mac or other compatible device.

Blu-ray players getting the update include models DMP-BD60, BD70V, BD80 and the B15 portable model.

An internet connection is required to access Viera Cast.

In addition to Amazon Video On Demand, Viera Cast will continue to provide access to YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg News and weather information.

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