The first run of Panasonic smart TV’s to make use of Mozilla’s Firefox OS have gone on sale across Europe.
Panasonic first announced its partnership with Mozilla, makers of the famous Firefox browser, earlier this year and now the fruits of that partnership are ready for public consumption.
The maiden line-up to offer the My Home Screen 2.0 experience includes the CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and the entry-level CX680.
Masahiro Shinada, director of Panasonic’s TV business division said: “Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV UI.
Firefox OS lets create shortcuts to BBC Three, ITV2, your hard drive and your console – check out our eyes-on here“This allows us to provide a better user experience for our consumers providing a differentiator in the Smart TV market.”
My Home Screen 2.0 will replace Panasonic’s previous Smart TV System which was closed off to many developers, meaning owners were left without dedicated apps for popular services like Plex.
The new software platform aims to bring all the benefits of HTML5 to Panasonic’s new televisions. Developers should find it much easier to bring their software to the OS which should, in turn, create a much richer app ecosystem.
As we saw at the 2015 Panasonic Convention in Frankfurt, services like Netflix and Wuaki.tv are already good to go.
Even if better developer relations wasn’t the case, all of Panasonic’s 2015 Viera TVs sold in the UK will feature Freeview Play as standard. This means you’ll get streamlined access to BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 (the new name for 4oD) and Demand 5 out of the box, with more services to land on the system in the future.
The customisable nature of My Home Screen 2.0 also means that users aren’t so tied to memorising the maze-like menus of smart TV systems. The ability to pin shortcuts to various devices and services promises to take much of the tedium out of smart TV navigation.
Prices for all the models have yet to be released. We’re keeping an eye on Panasonic’s UK & Ireland site for now – in the meantime, check out Mozilla’s video for an idea of how the Forefox OS experience will play out on your next Panasonic TV.