Panasonic Boosts VIERA Connect App Trove
Panasonic is in full-blown expansion mode in adding to the mix of app-based services available through its VIERA Connect IPTVs, the company said during a walkthrough of the system Tuesday featuring demos of some of the newest additions.
The VIERA Connect Market app-basket, according to Merwan Mereby, vice president of interactive content and services, is brimming with about 120 apps at present and should have “double or triple that by the end of next year.”
Panasonic is determined to be ready for 2013, when Mereby said connected-device industry shipments are expected to exceed PC shipments. “The Internet is not for the PC any more,” he said. “TV is the digital hearth and home, the center of entertainment and information.” He added that 90 million households worldwide are already watching connected TV, and that figure is expected to grow to 260 million by 2016.