Amazon VOD available on Panasonic Blu-ray disc players


MUMBAI: Amazon Video On Demand has now been made available on Panasonic’s full line of 2009 VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc players. Current owners of Panasonic’s 2009 Blu-ray Disc players automatically received a free software update today and can begin enjoying the service immediately when they register their VIERA CAST Blu-ray Disc Player with Amazon Video On Demand.

Panasonic introduced Amazon Video On Demand on VIERA CAST-enabled Plasma HDTVs in April 2009.

Bringing unique internet-enabled services to Panasonic VIERA Blu-ray owners, Amazon Video On Demand on VIERA CAST, enables customers to: Browse and shop for their favorite movies and TV shows from Amazon Video  On Demand’s selection of more than 45,000 commercial-free titles,  including the latest new releases and over 1000 titles in HD.

It also allows instant playback streamed to player sans downloading, waiting and subscription fees.

"Having our VIERA CAST feature on our line of 2009 Panasonic Blu-ray players means you can now access the best of the web, directly from your living room. The introduction of Amazon Video On Demand to our VIERA CAST offerings gives every owner of a 2009 Panasonic Blu-ray player access to a vast collection of movies and TV shows, including HD quality new releases, on virtually any digital television. And you can take it on the road with you too with Panasonic’s VIERA CAST-enabled, B15 portable Blu-ray Disc player," said Panasonic entertainment group director Richard Simone.

In addition to Amazon Video On Demand, VIERA CAST will continue to provide access to YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg News and weather information. With VIERA CAST, consumers will have automatic access to additional sites as they are added to the service.

"The addition in April 2009 of Amazon Video On Demand’s premium service to Panasonic VIERA CAST-enabled HDTVs really took the entertainment experience to a whole new level for consumers. As promised in April, Panasonic is now pleased to deliver Amazon Video On Demand service to owners of our award-winning 2009 line of VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray Disc players as well. Combined with the extensive, consumer-generated content VIERA CAST already offers via YouTube and Google Picasa, this is yet another step in the ever-growing value of VIERA CAST for owners of Panasonic HDTVs and Blu-ray players," said Panasonic vice president of new business development Merwan Mereby.

"Panasonic and Amazon Video On Demand have built a great customer experience that easily allows customers to shop, purchase or rent from our library of over 45,000 movies & TV shows with no subscription fees. Using Panasonic’s line of VIERA CAST-enabled Blu-ray players, even more customers can now instantly experience Amazon’s compelling HD-quality, new release movies and TV shows from their living room," said Amazon vice president music and video Bill Carr.