Panasonic to launch Firefox OS for smart TVs

January 9, 2014 15.15 Europe/London By Robert Briel


Firefox-OS-PanasonicPanasonic and Mozilla are partnering to develop and promote the new Firefox OS, an open platform based on HTML5 and other web technologies, for smart TVs.

The development of the new Firefox OS platform aims to deliver more expansive access into smart TVs by leveraging the HTML5 and Web technologies already prevalent on PCs, smartphones and tablets, to offer consumers more personalised and optimised access to Web and broadcasting content and services through the internet.

With the launch of this new open platform, next generation smart TVs will gain full compatibility with Web technologies and HTML5 standards used for cloud services and various future networked devices, enabling data from Web services and devices to be mashed up on a single application.

In next generation smart TVs, basic functions, such as menus and EPGs (Electronic Program Guide) which are currently written as embedded programs, will be written in HTML5, making it possible for developers to create applications for smartphones or tablets to remotely access and operate the TV.

“Panasonic had been expanding content and services dedicated for Panasonic TVs on our own portal site and our collaboration with Mozilla on Firefox OS will further accelerate various innovations and encourage many new services,” said Yuki Kusumi, director of the TV Business Division of the AVC Networks Company of Panasonic.

“Through Panasonic’s partnership with Mozilla, we will create further innovation in smart TV technologies and features, which will take consumers to a whole new level of interaction and connectivity inside and outside of the home.”

“We are very excited to partner with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS to more people on more platforms. As we see more partners supporting Firefox OS and the open Web, Firefox OS helps solidify open Web standards for smart screen solutions,” said Dr. Li Gong, SVP, mobile devices and president of Asia Operations at Mozilla.

“This new platform enables developers and service providers to create a wide range of applications and services to deliver a new user experience. We see a strong alignment between the visions of Mozilla and Panasonic, and by combing our collective expertise and know-how, we will create amazing products together.”