Panasonic and Vudu have announced that Panasonic's 2010 line of Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players will offer instant streaming of Vudu's HD movie library (more than 4,000 1080p movies) beginning on November 24. Viera Cast, Panasonic's IPTV, already includes Netflix, Skype voice and video calling, Twitter, Pandora, Amazon Video-on-Demand, YouTube, Google's Picasa Web Album, FOX Sports, Bloomberg News, and a weather service. The following six Panasonic Blu-ray disc players feature Viera Cast: DMP-BDT350 (Full HD 3D), DMP-BDT300 (Full HD 3D), DMP-BDT100 (Full HD 3D), DMP-BD85, DMP-BD65, and DMP-B500 (portable Blu-ray disc player). They all let consumers turn any flat panel HDTV into an IPTV or connected TV via Viera Cast.
Vudu offers instant streaming (no download time) of movies and TV programs through IPTV-enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray disc players with no computer, cable, or satellite TV service required. The user also doesn't need to pay a monthly subscription fee. The video-on-demand service claims it has the world's most extensive library of HD movies from all Hollywood studios and leading independent distributors, with its new release titles available the same day as the DVD release. Movie renters can enjoy a two-night movie rental for $2.
"Connected TV will continue to become an increasingly important feature for consumers and Panasonic is working tirelessly to build upon the already robust entertainment and connectivity experiences our VIERA CAST customers can enjoy," Merwan Mereby, Panasonic Corporation of North America Vice President, said in a statement. "The addition of VUDU to our 2010 VIERA CAST offerings gives consumers access to a virtually endless library of TV and High Definition movie content when they want it and instantly streamed into their TV without ever having to leave the couch."