Panasonic has chosen Netgear to enable access to online content via its Viera line of high-definition TVs using the Netgear N600 wireless dual-band USB adapter.
Netgear's WiFi USB adapter provides both wireless connectivity for home networks but also features technology called Push 'N' Connect, which allows consumers to connect their Panasonic Viera TV and wireless router to wirelessly stream web content to the TV using Viera Cast IPTV technology. Viera Cast enables online content via the TV through a built-in web interface.
Netgear is the only third-party brand in support of the Viera line, the companies said. The adapter has an MSRP of $80 and is available now.
"As the line between the TV and the PC continues to blur, we're seeing a steep uptick in the number of consumers that are connecting their TVs to the Internet in order to create a more immersive entertainment experience in the home," Henry Hauser, vice president, Display Group, Panasonic, said in a press release.
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