Panasonic will continue to use the foundation of Firefox OS under a new name and logo. In 2017, the platform will gain an Amazon Prime Video app, YouTube in 4K HDR, folders, a “my app” button, and a new media player. See some of the features in the video.
2017 Panasonic Smart TV
Mozilla has thrown in the towel and ceased further development of Firefox OS but the foundation of the platform will live on in Panasonic’s 2017 TVs. Panasonic will change the name to “My Home Screen 2.0”.
One of the most significant additions in 2017 is probably Amazon Prime Video. The app will offer access to Amazon’s video streaming service in up to 4K HDR quality so you can enjoy The Grand Tour in its full glory. It has not been decided whether to bring the app to last years’ models.
Other new feature include YouTube in 4K HDR (HDR was not supported last year), the option to put apps in folders, and a new “my app” button on the remote control (besides the dedicated Netflix button). The TVs also come equipped with “in-house streaming”, allowing you to stream recorded programs from one TV to another.
Some of the new features are demonstrated in the video below.
And a new media player
The platform will also include an updated media player app that supports video playback in up to 4K HDR10 and HLG. The latter is short for ‘Hybrid Log Gamma’ and is the broadcast industry’s HDR format that will be rolled out in broadcast networks over the coming years.
HLG will be supported by all Panasonic 2017 4K TVs and be added as a firmware update to select 2016 TVs.
Besides the apps mentioned in the previous section, the platform will also access to YouTube, Netflix, and others, but lacks many essential apps. Panasonic was the only manufacturer to back Firefox OS, which hindered developers’ willingness to support the project.
FlatpanelsHD will very soon publish a full overview of Panasonic 2017 TV line-up.