October 3, 2022

Panasonic-VIERA-Connect-Web-Platform-review.jpgVIERA Join is the identify of the Internet platform that Panasonic makes use of in its networkable HDTVs, Blu-ray gamers, and HTiBs. I explored the 2012 model of VIERA Join on each the TC-P55ST50 plasma and TC-L47DT50 LCD, each of which have built-in WiFi. VIERA Join 2012 does not look that totally different from what we have seen in previous years, when it comes to the interface and premium providers it provides; nevertheless, there are a number of noteworthy adjustments. The primary improve is that VIERA Join now makes use of a cloud-based structure, so that you now not need to obtain and retailer particular apps throughout the TV itself. Which means no extra reminiscence limitations to chop down on the variety of apps you’ll be able to add. If you order a brand new app from the VIERA Join Market, it masses in a short time. Prime-shelf 2012 TV traces (just like the VT50, GT50, and WT50 Collection) embody a dual-core processor that means that you can multitask. The ST50 and DT50 fashions I had in-house didn’t supply this characteristic, so I couldn’t take a look at it.

Extra Sources
• Examine Samsung’s net platform, Good Hub.
• Discover LED HDTVs and Plasma HDTVs in our overview sections.
• Discover extra data in our Streaming, Apps, and Downloads Information part.

The VIERA Join interface is a mannequin of simplicity, a bit cleaner and fewer cluttered than another Internet platforms. If you launch VIERA Join, your present video supply continues to play in a decent-sized window within the heart of the display; round that window are seven apps (per web page), a hyperlink to the VIERA Join Market, and Extra/Again choices to maneuver by way of pages. You may reorganize and delete apps as desired by way of the Settings possibility. My solely minor criticism in regards to the interface is that it will be good when you may transfer between pages just by utilizing the up/down controls on the distant, as a substitute of getting to particularly navigate to the Extra/Again buttons.

Premium apps embody Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Immediate Video, CinemaNow, VUDU, YouTube, Skype, Social Networking TV, Pandora, and Rhapsody. The complete sports activities suite can also be obtainable: MLB.TV, MLS, NHL, and NBA. The VIERA Join Market is rising steadily and features a good assortment of reports, leisure, and gaming choices; some providers are free, whereas others value a price to buy. Earlier than you’ll be able to add new apps, you have to create a VIERA Join account. I attempted out a number of of the free apps within the Youngsters part (Toon Goggles, Let’s Play with Numbers, and Match the Animal) to see how they in contrast with the brand new Good Interplay Youngsters apps from Samsung. The Panasonic apps have been simple and simple to navigate, whereas the Samsung apps have been considerably gradual and awkward to maneuver. My three-year-old loved the video games and nonetheless asks to play them (all the time an excellent signal). Identical to Samsung, Panasonic provides some free health apps that let you connect a USB scale and monitor your health progress, however the Panasonic apps don’t embody the Digital Mirror operate that you just get with top-shelf Samsung TVs which have built-in Internet cameras. At CES 2012, Panasonic introduced plans for quite a lot of new apps, together with Myspace TV, Disney interactive storybooks, HSN buying, and leisure apps from Miramax, Flixster, and SnagFilms. Myspace TV will mix stay TV channels (with a give attention to music at first) with social networking. As of mid-July, none of those new apps has been added. (I examined software program model 1.190.)

VIERA Join features a Internet browser that is usually straightforward to navigate, even with the standard-issue IR distant. It’s also possible to use the iOS/Android management app (see beneath for extra particulars) or an add-on keyboard. Internet pages load shortly, and you’ll zoom in/out simply utilizing the distant’s Blue/Inexperienced shade buttons. I discovered Panasonic’s Internet browser to supply extra intuitive navigation than the Samsung browser, however it’s nonetheless not so simple as Internet shopping by way of a laptop computer, pill, or smartphone. Whereas different producers have added Flash assist to their Internet browsers, the Panasonic browser doesn’t presently assist Flash.

Though it is not formally a part of VIERA Join, DLNA media streaming is obtainable on Panasonic’s sensible HDTVs. The DLNA operate labored wonderful with the PLEX media software program put in on my MacBook Professional. Panasonic’s DLNA interface is cleanly laid out, however the thumbnails it offers for picture/video content material are approach too small to be helpful.

Panasonic offers solely a primary IR distant with all however its top-shelf VT50 and WT50 fashions, which get the brand new VIERA Contact Pad Controller. (Panasonic does not supply the voice/movement management that you just get with some Samsung/LG TVs.) The essential distant proved to be a wonderful technique of controlling many of the VIERA Join capabilities, however its lack of a full keyboard is a disadvantage. When you personal an iOS/Android cellular gadget, you’ll be able to obtain the free VIERA Distant app to manage the TV over your private home WiFi community. I examined the latest model of the app (v2.02) on each an iPhone and a Samsung Android-based pill. The management app incorporates a Pad Management directional slider, Cursor management for multi-directional Internet navigation, and a game-pad structure to be used with VIERA Join video games. Panasonic has added a Internet browser straight throughout the app itself, so you’ll be able to pull up a Internet web page straight in your cellular gadget after which “flick” it to the TV. (It’s also possible to convey Internet pages from the TV to the cellular gadget.) Panasonic has additionally added a Media space the place you’ll be able to entry the media saved on the cellular gadget and flick it to the TV. The Media operate didn’t work after I first began utilizing the management app, so I needed to spend a while in Panasonic’s Assist space attempting to get solutions. With my iPhone, I initially obtained an error message when attempting to entry my media that learn “The person has denied the applying entry to their media”; because it seems, I needed to allow Location Providers for the VIERA Distant app with a view to entry my iPhone’s media content material. I additionally wanted to correctly configure the TV itself to obtain the flicked media information. After that, the service labored wonderful on each the Android and iOS gadgets.

The digital keyboard throughout the VIERA Distant app is the least intuitive that I’ve used to this point. You need to bounce by way of a number of hoops to enter and ship the textual content, it lacks an Enter button, and the keyboard didn’t work inside a number of apps, together with Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube. Nonetheless, when the keyboard is obtainable, it is a greater, sooner possibility than utilizing the TV’s onscreen textual content interface.

Learn in regards to the excessive factors and low factors of the VIERA Join Platform on Web page 2.

Panasonic-VIERA-Connect-Web-Platform-review.jpgExcessive Factors
• The key video-on-demand bases are coated: Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu Plus, and CinemaNow.
• The VIERA Join Market has a number of video games, sports activities, information, and different leisure choices.
• The interface is clear and easy.
• A Internet browser and DLNA media streaming can be found.
• The essential IR distant offers stable, dependable management, even for Internet shopping.
• A management app is obtainable for iOS/Android gadgets, and it features a digital keyboard, a touchpad slider, a sport pad for Internet video games, and the flexibility to flick Internet/media content material to the TV.
• You may add a Internet digicam or keyboard.

Low Factors
• The Internet browser doesn’t assist Flash.
• Not one of the new Panasonic TVs features a built-in Internet digicam for Skype and different providers.
• By way of gadget connectivity, Panasonic doesn’t supply instruments like WiFi Direct or a Delicate AP mode.
• The VIERA Distant app doesn’t all the time work reliably, particularly the digital keyboard.
• Panasonic has mentioned it plans to introduce a greater search operate to supply a extra thorough approach to search all media varieties, however it isn’t but obtainable.

All in all, I am a fan of the VIERA Join platform. It provides entry to the entire big-ticket Internet providers, and it does so by way of a easy, simple interface that has a fast response time. VIERA Join does not but supply some superior options you’ll find with providers from Samsung and LG, corresponding to WiFi Direct connectivity for cellular gadgets, an built-in digicam, superior search capabilities, and Flash assist for Internet content material. Nonetheless, the necessities are in place. My major points weren’t with the Internet platform itself however with the accompanying VIERA Distant app, which does an excellent job controlling primary TV capabilities however is much less intuitive when navigating the Internet platform than different management apps I’ve used.

Extra Sources
• Examine Samsung’s net platform, Good Hub.
• Discover LED HDTVs and Plasma HDTVs in our overview sections.
• Discover extra data in our Streaming, Apps, and Downloads Information part.

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