Panasonic Launches Twitter App on Viera Cast-Enabled Plasma HDTV's

Panasonic said Tuesday that it has activated a Twitter app on plasma HDTV sets equipped with its Viera Cast connected-TV platform. The company also said that it will launch Twitter functionality on Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players at a later date.

Panasonic originally revealed its plans to launch Twitter on Viera Cast at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Other services that it has added to the connected-TV platform over the course of this year include Skype voice and video calling, Netflix, Pandora and Fox Sports (note: services that have previously launched on the platform include Amazon VOD, YouTube, Picasa Web Album, Bloomberg News, and a weather service). For 2010, Panasonic has also rolled out USB connectivity on Viera Cast-enabled HDTV's, thus enabling the addition of a wireless LAN adaptor (802.11b or faster), a keyboard for more efficient navigation and communication, and USB memory to support AVCHD video and JPEG photos. Viera Cast, which Panasonic stresses is offered at no extra charge and requires no external box or PC, is accessed via a single button on the remote control. "Since we introduced Panasonic Viera Cast IPTV's three years ago, we have added more and more of the top entertainment and social networking sites in the world," Merwan Mereby, Panasonic's VP of corporate development, said in a prepared statement. "The addition of Twitter to Viera Cast further strengthens the interactive options Panasonic Viera HDTV owners can now use to communicate with family and friends worldwide. Consumers with Viera Cast-enabled HDTV's can now tweet on Twitter, video chat via Skype, share videos on YouTube and digital photos via Google Picasa right from the comfort of their living rooms."

The Panasonic plasma HDTV models that feature Viera Cast (and Twitter) are the VT25 and VT20 series (3D), the G25 series and the G20 series.

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