CES 2014: Firefox OS to Power Panasonic Smart TVs
Subject: General Tech, Shows and Expos | January 8, 2014 - 01:18 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: Panasonic, mozilla, Firefox OS, CES 2014, CES
Panasonic and Mozilla have entered into a partnership, announced at CES, for future smart TVs to be powered by Firefox OS. This can be very useful for Panasonic. Provided they keep up with certifying new releases, performance should be about the only other barrier preventing their product from running the popular apps as they arise. It also lifts the burden away for developer support.
On the other hand, this could also be good for Firefox OS and the web itself. Mozilla is not a stupid organization and, while they certainly like their products adopted, I would not be surprised if they hope this effort brings content out to play. Netflix and other content providers who want to be on Panasonic's platform would need to support their flavor of Firefox OS. Netflix, in particular, has already made inroads with HTML5 albeit with certain encryption extensions.
Atwood's Law applies to televisions, too!
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