- TV Wherever solves your TV vacation blues
- Freetime provides sensible catch-up EPG
- Personalisation options are in depth
- No Amazon Prompt assist but
- Presentation of some parts is a contact dated
- Panasonic’s Good Distant is fiddly
- Constructed-in Freetime system
- TV Wherever distant viewing function
- Information Bar
- MyStream content material aggregation menu
- Personalisation options through My Dwelling Display
What’s Panasonic Good Viera?
Panasonic’s new good TV platform for 2014, tucked beneath the umbrella title of Good Viera, is a giant step ahead from final 12 months’s providing due to options like TV Wherever that permits you to entry your TV content material from wherever on the earth, and a very good ‘catch-up EPG’ that permits you to entry all of the UK’s catch-up companies straight from the EPG.
Panasonic Good Viera Platform: Design and Options
At first look you is perhaps forgiven for pondering not a lot has modified within the 12 months since Panasonic launched its ground-breaking My Dwelling Display good interface. Hit the distant’s Dwelling button and also you get the now-familiar set of customisable, themed dwelling screens, along with the power to inform the TV which member of your loved ones is utilizing it so it will possibly carry up their very own personalised dwelling screens.
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A few of Panasonic’s new TVs carry built-in cameras with face recognition to allow them to routinely inform who’s utilizing the TV, plus there’s a brand new function this 12 months whereby you’ll be able to train the TV to recognise you by your voice!
This voice recognition system works actually moderately effectively when it comes to figuring out relations, although as with all voice recognition programs we’ve tried so far, we wouldn’t advocate attempting to manage your TV by speaking to it.
Look extra carefully on the content material of among the hyperlink ‘tiles’ on the house screens, and that’s if you begin to realise that really, numerous new stuff has been added to final 12 months’s Panasonic Good providing.
Given explicit prominence – with good purpose – is MyStream. That is primarily a scrolling, graphics-rich content material aggregation interface that scours the whole lot from the tuner to On-Demand sources, YouTube and even your individual multimedia information seeking content material the TV thinks you’ll like.
Initially, MyStream doesn’t have a lot to go on in deciding how finest to populate itself. However supplied you give the set permission to trace your viewing habits, over time MyStream can turn into a very helpful content material shortcut/different EPG.
After all, Panasonic isn’t the one model to supply studying/suggestions expertise on its TVs this 12 months, however MyStream represents an unusually enticing method of presenting the outcomes.
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For all MyStream’s cleverness and class, although, it’s more likely to be edged out as the most well-liked content-finding vacation spot amongst Panasonic 2014 TV house owners by the brand new built-in Freetime expertise.
In case you’re not conversant in Freetime, it’s an excellent system beforehand solely discovered on exterior receiver bins that lets you scroll backwards in your digital programme information in addition to forwards, offering an impressed method of integrating on-demand catch-up TV content material seamlessly right into a extra acquainted broadcast TV expertise – other than the inevitable undeniable fact that not completely all the printed channels or exhibits can be found on catch-up. It’s very comparable in idea to YouView.
Freetime feels so pure constructed right into a TV you can’t assist however surprise why no one constructed it right into a TV earlier than – besides that the period of time it’s taken Panasonic to get its 2014 vary to market this 12 months suggests Freetime’s integration has truly been an enormous problem when it comes to each technical points and content material negotiations.
The Freetime UI in motion
In addition to being an excellent addition to Panasonic’s Good interface, Freetime additionally solves certainly one of Panasonic’s oldest good TV issues. It means the model can now add to its earlier BBC iPlayer assist catch-up TV for Channel 5, the ITV channels plus Channel 4 and its affiliated channels. So Samsung is not the one model providing all the principle UK catch-up companies.
It should be mentioned that whereas Panasonic affords a Netflix app, it nonetheless doesn’t have one for Amazon Prompt. The truth is, its App content material ranges are nonetheless a way behind these of the good TV world’s greatest content material hitters. It’s additionally a rattling disgrace that for some purpose the primary of Panasonic’s 4K TVs, the AX802 collection, don’t assist 4K Netflix streams. However Freetime may effectively be sufficient in itself to win many followers to Panasonic’s good TV trigger.
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Particularly in the event you additionally keep in mind Panasonic’s genius new TV Wherever function. This turns your TV right into a digital worldwide video server, in a position to ship video from both its tuners or recordings saved on USB HDDs to your smartphones or tablets wherever on the earth (as long as you’ve got a good broadband connection, clearly).
What’s particularly sensible about this service is that it enables you to watch programmes from your property nation whereas overseas that may not be obtainable to you through regular streaming web sites as a result of native rights points.
TV Wherever is ready to get round these points since you’re solely a person accessing your private content material stream direct out of your private TV.
The opposite main new function of Panasonic’s 2014 Good providing is the Information Bar. The thought behind this one is for the TV to current you as quickly as you stroll into the room with some key bits of ‘life’ info. It makes use of a movement sensor to detect your presence, after which routinely turns the TV out of standby to current you with a display screen containing numerous tidbits of data.
This info contains native climate info, present time and highlights out of your MyStream feed. If you happen to’re utilizing the function on certainly one of Panasonic’s TVs with a built-in digicam, just like the just lately reviewed 50AX802, the TV can inform who you might be and current you with your individual personalised ‘Information’.
To be trustworthy the Information Bar isn’t a function we bought a lot out of – apart from feeling a bit irritated on the noise it emits when it routinely turns the TV on. There’s a sure sci-fi appeal to it although, so long as you don’t really feel uncomfortable with the concept that your TV is all the time watching…
If this does make you’re feeling uncomfortable, otherwise you don’t like the thought of your TV consuming a fraction extra standby energy to drive the function, don’t fear – you’ll be able to flip the function off.
The spectacular raft of recent options in Panasonic’s newest good system are piled on prime of the My Dwelling Display system that impressed us a lot final 12 months. There doesn’t appear any level going into this in depth once more right here on condition that we’ve already executed a separate function on it.
However we should always level out that it stays, a 12 months on from launch, probably the most complete and profitable try but to personalise the good TV course of. The flexibility to construct a number of bespoke ‘dwelling screens’ containing hyperlinks to simply the content material you personally discover probably the most attention-grabbing works extraordinarily effectively, and is an method we count on different manufacturers will finally observe in a single kind or one other.
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