I have obviously had internet access at home for some time now, but tonight I feel as if the internet has arrived at my home for the first time. I bought a Panasonic Blue-ray DVD player, not because I bought into the blue-ray hype, but because connected to your TV the DVD player turns into an internet connection straight to YouTube. That’s right, YouTube live on your TV. I wonder whether the creators of YouTube thought of that when they started out. Maybe they did and we are just catching up.
It was fairly easy to setup, although it does appear to be in Japanese only. I haven’t checked that yet.
It is possible to go full screen with the movie but the quality obviously gets distorted on a large size screen. The YouTube images are not exactly HD format, but it is exciting to have the range of choice that YouTube offers that cable can’t compete with.
The DVD player also allows you to connect to Panasonic’s intranet giving you access to various net services including Tsutaya Video on demand.
There are many videos to choose from.
There are also options to listen to music, display saved personal photos or videos, watch movies from SD cards and also of course take advantage of that blue-ray feature.
To see the full range of YouTube videos all you need to do is login via the dvd/tv with your normal YouTube account. All of your favorite clips and channels will appear on the tv screen for quick access.
This definitely looks like more fun than searching on cable for shows that repeat again and again. Here is a clip of a well known blogger to be found at www.dannychoo.com that I was able to watch on TV via YouTube.
The feature is not offered on all Panasonic DVD models. It is currently on their BW750, 850 and 950 models. They have also been offering the YouTube tie-up feature on some of their TV’s. I am sure the other TV/DVD makers, namely Sony, Sharp, Toshiba will be heading over to Shibuya to talk to Google about partnerships as well.
Now if they can find a way to enhance the quality and use live streaming broadcasts then the unique role of the traditional television broadcaster is getting harder to define.