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Panasonic going really digital in Japan.

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Chris Muriel, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. Chris Muriel

    Chris Muriel
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    In my (work-related) info this morning .
    It would be nice to see this implemented by Panasonic & others in Europe too :

    M'****a Elec To Make All Digital TVs Internet-Accessible
    Source: The Nikkei English News Service

    The Nikkei English News Service via NewsEdge Corporation : TOKYO (Nikkei)--Matsu****a Electric Industrial Co. (6752) plans to add Internet access features to all its digital televisions sold in Japan starting this summer, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun learned Tuesday.
    The electronics giant will also call on Sony Corp. (6758) and other manufacturers to create an industry standard for next-generation Net-enabled TVs ahead of the year-end start of terrestrial digital broadcasting.

    The company plans to sell its first digital TV that can access the Internet this summer. These TVs will be able to tune into digital communications satellite and digital broadcast satellite programming. Afterwards, the company will market TVs that can tune into terrestrial digital broadcasts and access the Internet, making roughly 60% of all its domestic home-use TV sales digital models, all of which will be Net-accessible.

    Using their TV remote controls, viewers will be able to surf the Net on their TV screens once they connect their sets to the Internet using technologies like ADSL. The company plans to equip the TVs internally with browser software, but will raise prices for the sets by only around 10,000 yen compared with TVs that do not have Internet access.

    The company also plans to start an online service for Net-accessible TVs that will enable viewers to obtain information, reserve tickets and buy goods. It is jointly developing with content owners Web sites specifically designed for TV viewing, and will call on TV stations and Internet service providers to create programming.

    Matsu****a Electric has proposed to Sony, Toshiba Corp. (6502) and other domestic firms that they jointly create a common standard for Net-accessible TVs. It will also discuss joint operations of TV-targeted Web sites.

    (The Nihon Keizai Shimbun Wednesday morning edition)

    050200 JST MAR 03


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  2. rct

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    Agreed it would be great to see something like that happen here. In fact Panasonic had a 32" TV scheduled for release here last year which had built in Sky decoding + upgrade capabilities but that never happened :rolleyes:

    :laugh: The "naughty words" parser picked up on this:

    :rotfl: :laugh: :rotfl: :laugh:

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