Panasonic opens TV app developer programme
Code for the goggle box
Want to write code for Panasonic's net-connected TVs? Now you can, thanks to the Japanase giant's opening of a developer portal tied to its Viera Connect IPTV front-end.
Panasonic said the new portal provides "all the necessary documentation, application guidelines, major components [and] platform features... for delivering rich multimedia apps for the Viera connect platform".
The catch is that it'll cost ya: $129 (£81) for a basic annual membership, or $599 (£374) for the Premium package - the latter for firms needing extra tech support and such
And Panasonic seemingly won't let you feed any old program onto the telly-presented app store. It's after "content which will enrich the TV experience", in particular "video, music, sports, games, social networking, news and lifestyle, and healthcare and fitness".
It's really keen on VoD and catch-up TV apps.
Development requires a PC. And a Panasonic Viera Connect-equipped TV, such as the TX-P65VT30 65in plasma, natch.
So far apps developers plan to charge for can only be deployed in the US. Presumably free ones can be offered globally. Panasonic said it does intend to expand paid-for-apps support more broadly, but didn't say when.
Stupid Gemstar guide?
Will it be possible to write a TV guide for it that doesn't show adverts and cuts the TV audio/picture when I use it?
Philips have one too
For Philips, there's JointSpace ( http://jointspace.sourceforge.net/ if you're interested ). It seems to be aimed at the customers who used their HotelTV line in the past, but the SDK is available to anyone, and the API is Linux-based.
neglecting legacy customers
shame on panasonic for neglecting legacy customers
at least there are people willing to experiment with vieracast:
"Development requires a PC."
What kind of PC? Does the software run on specific operating systems?
First person to write a plugin for easy viewing for a few cents will become rich.
would it have killed them to specify at least which language to write in before forking over the cash for the developer docs?