Flixster brings UltraViolet to Panasonic VIERA Connect HDTVs and Blu-ray players

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Ronald Epstein, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    46,170
    Likes Received:
    4,245
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    FLIXSTER DEVELOPING MOVIE APPLICATION FOR PANASONIC VIERA® CONNECT HDTVs AND BLU-RAY™ PLAYERS ALLOWING CONSUMERS TO EASILY STREAM THEIR MOVIE AND TV SHOWS

    THROUGH FLIXSTER APP ULTRAVIOLET™ WILL COME TO THE LIVING ROOM


    LAS VEGAS, CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, January 9, 2012 – Flixster today announced its popular movie application will be available this year on Panasonic’s line of VIERA Connect ™ devices including HDTVs and Blu-ray players. By simply launching this new Flixster app, consumers will be able to watch and enjoy their UltraViolet movies and TV shows from the comfort of their living room.


    Flixster is currently the leading movie discovery application on mobile platforms with over 50 million downloads to date, including Android, Blackberry and iPad, and ranks among the most downloaded of iPhone apps of all time. Flixster provides access to UltraViolet, a new industry standard that gives consumers greater flexibility with how and where they watch the movies and TV shows they purchase. UltraViolet also allows consumers to share their entire UltraViolet digital library with other members on their account, and they can even watch the same title simultaneously from different locations.


    “Bringing UltraViolet to the living room will make it easy for consumers to enjoy their UltraViolet-enabled movies and TV shows,” said Steve Polsky, President of Flixster. “One of the great benefits of UltraViolet is the ability to watch your content whenever and wherever you want. If you’re at a friend’s house with a VIERA device, you can easily access your collection by simply logging into Flixster.”


    VIERA Connect is Panasonic’s Smart TV platform which enables owners of VIERA Connect-enabled HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems access to a wide range of internet-based video-on-demand content and applications covering everything from news and fitness, to social networking and online gaming. VIERA Connect requires no external box or PC and is accessed via a single button on the television remote control.


    “Panasonic’s VIERA ConnectTM Smart TV platform’s singular focus to deliver to our consumers an extremely robust and interactive connected TV experience that can be customized and enjoyed on their large-screen HDTVs. We are delighted to add Flixster to our VIERA Connect Smart TV platform in 2012,” said Merwan Mereby, Panasonic’s Vice President of Interactive Content & Services. “Partnering with a Hollywood powerhouse like Warner Bros. Entertainment to integrate their highly popular Flixster movie application into our VIERA Connect platform is another great step in our efforts to continuously drive the connected TV experience to a whole new level for consumers.”


    About Flixster

    Founded in 2006 and based in San Francisco, Flixster Inc. operates one of the world’s most popular movie communities, used by more than 25 million people every month. The company was the first to launch applications that allow consumers to access UltraViolet, an industry standard that gives greater flexibility with how and where consumers watch the movies and TV shows they purchase. Flixster services include destination websites at Flixster.com andRottenTomatoes.com, as well as leading apps on Facebook, iGoogle, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android-powered devices. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Flixster has offices in New York and representatives in Los Angeles and Seattle.


    About Panasonic Corporation of North America

    Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking.

    As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available atwww.panasonic.com/pressroom.
     
  2. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Are you a Flixster fan Ron??
     
  3. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Administrator
    Owner

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1997
    Messages:
    46,170
    Likes Received:
    4,245
    Real Name:
    Ronald Epstein
    Never used it. Why?
     
  4. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Cause it's the worst thing to happen to this hobby and the most blatantly anti-consumer tech since DIVX died?
     
  5. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah
    Looking forward to the Panasonic, Samsung and others with this tech. I was at the Twonky CES trailer today and they were installing a "Proud Supporter of CES" sign. Guess they are now supporting this technology as well.
     
  6. Robert Crawford

    Robert Crawford Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 1998
    Messages:
    29,222
    Likes Received:
    4,605
    Location:
    Michigan
    Real Name:
    Robert


    Why????
     
  7. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/315337/ultraviolet-has-soft-launch-today
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/316392/looks-like-uv-isnt-satisfying-customers-whats-your-experience http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/311881/what-is-ultraviolet-and-why-should-you-care http://allthingsd.com/20110804/warner-bros-pulls-back-the-curtains-on-flixster-collections-its-ambitious-digital-video-bet/
    http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2011/10/hollywood-hopes-its-ultraviolet-plans-will-quash-cloud-movie-rentals/ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/miramax-ceo-ultraviolet-we-have-244448
     
  8. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah

    As a movie collector (I dont rent... sorry) I am a fan of the ownership model and I cheer all models including but not limited to distribution via Disc, Itunes, Digital Download, UV.
     
  9. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    UV is not an ownership model.
     
  10. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah

    In the land of make believe yes, but in th real world you buy the movie, you download the movie, the file is yours and can be played on any device that can play a UV file. No different than a regular DVD or optical disc that you own and play on a DVD supported player.

    uV is just as much an ownership model as iTunes, digital downloads and DVD.
     
  11. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Digital Downloads are not an ownership model either. They are a rights model. We can get technical if you want. DVD is an ownership model, it is governed by the Rights of First Sale. Downloads, UV and other similar licensed content are not. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-sale_doctrine UV is clearly in the land of make believe if that's how you want to discuss it... IANAL and all that, but there ya go.
     
  12. Adam Gregorich

    Owner

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 1999
    Messages:
    15,672
    Likes Received:
    671
    Location:
    The Other Washington
    Real Name:
    Adam
    Does anyone know if this will be just for new models, or will this get added to existing models via a firmware update?
     
  13. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah
    With both download and Disc you possess the item that is your to keep regardless of what fine print is brought to the table. BTW.. The first sale doctrine is a US law not a law followed worldwide.


    I'm also not sure what this has to do with the OP topic of flixster coming to Panasonic Televisions???
     
  14. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah


    Hi Adam, I was told some of the current models can be upgraded but I was not told which ones when I asked at CES. Im hoping mine can be!
     
  15. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    20,692
    Likes Received:
    1,819
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    I was asked why I thought it was a bad idea, I answered. The conversation went from there. You can keep hand waving the differences between ownership and licensing but that doesn't make them any less serious. I can give my DVDs to a friend, relative or heir. Try doing that with your DRM bound downloads. I have many pieces of licensed content, including thousands of dollars worth of apps. I however prefer to buy music and movies so that I can keep them for a lifetime, share them with friends in my lifetime, and then pass them on. UV is designed to kill both the rental alternative to owning and owning itself. I don't doubt that there are people who don't care about this distinction, and I don't doubt there are people who pirate. I have never stolen any peice of digital content in my life but I would rather pirate a movie than ask the studios permission for anything I have paid for to do with it as I please in a legal way.
     
  16. TheBat

    TheBat Producer

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 1999
    Messages:
    3,088
    Likes Received:
    28
    Real Name:
    Jacob
    panasonic did do a revamped panasonic connect to 2010/2011 model tvs. its probably possible that older tvs could get it. Jacob
     
  17. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah
    Great. Good for you.
     
  18. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah



    I would think so as long as they are the Viera variety sets.
     
  19. paulsweazey

    paulsweazey Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    True, Ultraviolet isn't ownership, although the original idea was a lot closer to ownership that the eventual result. Actually, I have only ever heard of one real ownership model, the proposed IEEE P1817 Standard for Consumer-ownable Digital Personal Property. If it ever gets completed, it will impose no usage or sharing restrictions, and it will preserve the attributes that real people think of as the rights of private property ownership, like resale, backups, annotating and editing, etc., Not only will Digital Personal Property (DPP) be as convenient and flexible as plain files in practice, but the consumer's rights will be explicitly called out in a boilerplate license agreement (since our laws don't have a definition of consumer-ownership). Unfortunately, almost no one even knows about the P1817 effort, and some of those who do are nervous, either about compromising the vision of a services-only model with actual ownership or about preserving the concept of copyright in the digital domain. DPP will work for movies, music, books, games, and who knows what other future product types.
     
  20. Towergrove

    Towergrove Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,097
    Likes Received:
    281
    Real Name:
    Sarah



    Interesting Paul never heard of this! Thanks for sharing!
     

Share This Page