IFA 2010: Panasonic offers 3D movies direct from TV set
New Vieracast web TV services will include 3D movies to rent or buy on demand, Panasonic announces at IFA, Europe’s largest technology fair
By Matt Warman
Panasonic will offer access to 2,000 3D movies directly from its TV sets, the company has announced at IFA in Berlin. Europe’s largest technology fair also saw the company unveil a raft of improvements to its TVs and Blu-ray players, as well as continuing to emphasise that it sees 3D as the future for much of the electronics industry.
The new 3D service extends Panasonic’s existing Vieracast TV on demand service. From 2011, a partnership with Acetrax will provide customers in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria the opportunity to rent or buy blockbuster movies from Hollywood major studios such as Paramount directly from the TV. The Vieracast service currently offers channels such as YouTube and Eurosport, and is available on most Panasonic TVs and Blu-ray players. It also offers free video and voice calls with Skype. New services will be added on an ongoing basis.
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