Report: Sony, Panasonic, NHK partner on 8K

Sony and Panasonic are reportedly partnering with NHK to develop technology for 8K resolution TVs. According to a report by Asian business newspaper, Nikkei, the three companies are joining with others to form an “all-Japanese alliance” that will split the development costs. Broadcaster NHK will reportedly oversee the development of 8K broadcast standards, while Sony […]

Freeview Play available on Panasonic DVRs and Blu-ray recorders

The UK’s Freeview Play connected TV service is now available via Panasonic’s 2015 range of DVR and Blu-ray recorders. Panasonic, which was the first manufacturer to offer Freeview Play, the on-demand service provided by the UK’s main national broadcasters, via its smart TVs, will now enable access to the service via its DVR and Blu-rauy […]

Panasonic unveils ‘value-priced’ 4K TVs

Panasonic has unveiled what it claims is its first line of value-priced 4K Ultra HD smart TVs for the US market. The CX Series of 4K Ultra HD smart TVs will be available in the US from next month, starting at US$799.99 for a 50-inch screen model. A larger 55-inch model will sell for US$999.99, […]

Freeview Play to launch next month

UK digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview has confirmed that its new connected TV offering, Freeview Play, will launch next month on Panasonic TVs. The service will launch first on Panasonic’s new 2015 line-up of Viera TVs and will then be available on a range of other Panasonic products, including three Blu-ray recorders and two digital recorders. […]

Panasonic launches first Firefox OS TVs

Panasonic has launched its first Viera smart TVs powered by Mozilla’s Firefox OS in Europe, with a worldwide rollout to follow “in the coming months”.  Panasonic’s 2015 smart TV lineup includes six models powered by Firefox OS – CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680 – though the firm said that models will vary by […]

Freeview Play on track to launch this year

Freeview Play, the new connected TV offering from free-to-view digital-terrestrial TV provider Freeview is on track to launch later this year, according to Ilse Howling, managing director, connected TV, at Digital UK. Speaking at the DTG Summit 2015: Driving Global CollaborVation in London yesterday, Howling said that the testing was well under way on the […]

Industry players formalise SAT>IP grouping

Six satellite operators and manufacturers have teamed up to form the SAT>IP Alliance, building on an information coalition that was created last year to develop compatible hardware and software for the SAT>IP technology to convert and deliver satellite signals around the home via IP. The grouping comprises SES, Hispasat, Panasonic, Nagra, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear. […]

European TVs with Netflix remote buttons available this month

A number of TV and Blu-ray player manufacturers will begin marketing devices with dedicated Netflix buttons on their remote controls in Europe from this month. Manufacturers Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Toshiba and Vestel have said they will sell devices with Netflix buttons in Europe. The remote controls will be included with 2015 as well as some […]

Panasonic unveils Firefox-based 4K TVs

Panasonic has unveiled a number of 4K TV sets that will run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS, following a preview of Firefox-based panels at CES in January. At the company’s convention in Frankfurt this week, Panasonic highlighted the new Firefox-based interface foxr its 2015 models, featuring three decks to accommodate live TV, apps including pre-installed apps […]

Freeview Play to launch first on Panasonic TVs

UK DTT platform Freeview has said that Panasonic will be the first electronics manufacturer to launch TVs featuring its new Freeview Play connected TV service. Panasonic will make Freeview Play available in its new 2015 line-up of Viera TVs and will launch Freeview Play recorders at a later date. Vestel will follow with a range […]