Panasonic TVs powered by Firefox OS officially launched

Five months after receiving their debut at CES 2015, Panasonic’s Firefox powered smart TVs are available to buy.

The TVs in question are the CR850, CR730, flagship CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680.

The OS works on a system of ‘decks’, with three coming as standard: Live TV, Apps and Devices and you’re able to pin apps, games and favourite channels to the relevant deck.

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The Firefox OS also lets you cast content from a smartphone or tablet when connected to the same wi-fi network and there’s the usual selection of apps including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

The TVs are also optimised for HTML5, meaning they play nicely with web-based apps.

Masahiro Shinada, Director of the TV Business Division at Panasonic says: "Through our partnership with Mozilla and the openness and flexibility of Firefox OS, we have been able to create a more user friendly and customizable TV user interface."

Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO adds: “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favourite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.”

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.