Panasonic adds enhanced BBC iPlayer and other apps to Viera Connect

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Panasonic has further expanded its cloud-based internet TV service, Viera Connect, by adding four new services, including the latest version of BBC iPlayer.

The upgraded iPlayer includes a new "visually rich" interface with 'favourites' functionality and a powerful new search engine. "Panasonic's Viera Connect is the first smart TV offering to have this version," the company claims.

Also added to Viera Connect are Panasonic's first dedicated 3D app, WealthTV 3D – a high-definition lifestyle and emtertainment network – plus WealthTV 24/7 in HD and the Wall Street Journal Live app with on-demand video content from more than 2000 reporters around the world.

These new services are available now on Panasonic's 2011 line-up of Viera TVs.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.