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Panasonic 2014 TV's incorporate Freetime epg and catch up services

MAX1210

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grahamlthompson

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Yes, there is another thread about it here: Panasonic 2014 TVs to get Freetime Service | AVForums

The Freetime "app" will be on TV's that have Freeview only (AS510, AS600 & AS650 series) as well as models with Freeview & Freesat (AS740, AS802 & AX802 series)

BBC iPlayer & itv Player are currently up and running - 4oD & Demand 5 should be working during May sometime VIERA Service Update - Panasonic UK & Ireland The "Showcase" feature, is also not working yet.

I had seen that but expected the TV would have a freesat satellite tuner. A tad surprised to find only a DVB-T2 tuner.
 

MAX1210

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I would've liked to have seen it on just Freesat models, and not just the Freeview ones, it would've been more of a "carrot" to entice customers up the range a bit rather than sticking to the lower end models. However, I guess Panasonic have to compete with Samsung who have all the catch up services on pretty much all their smart TV's.
 

MAX1210

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Any likelihood of this becoming the subject of an upgrade to the 2013 models?

There is a small (highly unlikely) chance that it could be made to work with the 2013 models with the hexa processing engine, but I wouldn't bet on it.
 

MAX1210

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Max, do you find that people buy TV's for the Smarts, or the TV?

There are a fair few people who buy a tv because of its advertised smart features even though they probably won't even use them. We lost a lot of sales last year because Panasonic didn't have all the the catch up tv services even though, when asked, the majority of people had a sky hd or virgin box that could be connected to their router to access those services.
 

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