Panasonic Brings Photos, Videos To Consumers' Living Rooms With Google and YouTube

Panasonic VIERA(R) Internet-Connected HDTV's with VIERA CAST(TM) Feature

Offer Seamless and Easy Access From The Living Room to Google's Picasa Web

Albums(TM) and Millions of Originally Created Videos from YouTube(TM)

Jan 07, 2008, 00:00 ET from Panasonic

    LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic, the leading brand by which
 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:   MC) is best known, and
 YouTube today announced plans to bring big screen High Definition TV
 viewers quick and easy access to millions of originally created videos from
 YouTube directly from Panasonic's new VIERA(R) PZ850 line of Plasma
 Internet-connected HDTV's. The new VIERA HDTV's, equipped with VIERA
 CAST(TM), also include easy and seamless access to Picasa Web Albums, a
 free online photo-sharing service from Google.
     Panasonic's new VIERA PZ850 series Plasma HDTV's with VIERA CAST will
 enable consumers, using the new and elegant Panasonic VIERA CAST interface,
 to easily browse, find and watch free videos from YouTube and view photos
 from their Picasa Web Albums in the comfort of their living room.
     "We are thrilled to introduce Panasonic VIERA PZ850 series Internet-
 Connected HDTV's with virtual one-click access to YouTube and Picasa Web
 Albums from Google," said Toshihiro Sakamoto, President of Panasonic AVC
 Networks Company. "This is the first time mainstream consumers will be able
 to easily enjoy YouTube videos from the living room with the enhanced
 quality of a fully integrated widescreen TV experience. YouTube is already
 a huge worldwide sensation, and Panasonic VIERA Internet-connected HDTV's
 will greatly expand users' entertainment options."
     The first generation of Panasonic VIERA PZ850 series Internet-connected
 HDTV's will be available to consumers in spring 2008.
     "We're dedicated to providing users around the world with a great
 YouTube experience no matter where they are," said Steve Chen, co-founder
 and CTO of YouTube. "Working with an industry leader like Panasonic will
 deliver the same great YouTube experience that users have come to expect on
 their computers; browsing, finding and watching millions of YouTube videos
 from the comfort of their living room."
     "One of the most powerful things about the Internet is the access it
 enables, and the family TV is a fun and useful way to access your photos,"
 said Mike Horowitz, product manager for Picasa Web Albums at Google.
 "Consumers can put their favorite photos on the web and enjoy them with
 friends and family on a large screen from the comfort of their couches.
 Having Picasa Web Albums integrated into new Panasonic VIERA Internet-
 connected HDTV's with VIERA CAST functionality helps us achieve our goal of
 putting consumers' photos within easy reach wherever and whenever they
     "Panasonic's cooperation with YouTube and Google's Picasa Web Albums
 exemplifies our commitment to leading the natural evolution of the Internet
 and extending it to the High Definition television," said Merwan Mereby,
 Vice President, New Business Development, Panasonic Consumer Electronics
 Company, the consumer electronics sales division of Panasonic Corporation
 of North America.
     About Panasonic
     Based in Osaka, Japan, Panasonic AVC Networks Company is an internal
 division company of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:   MC),
 which is best known worldwide by its Panasonic brand name. Panasonic
 Corporation of North America is based in Secaucus, N.J., and is the
 principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric and the hub of
 Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic
 Consumer Electronics is the consumer electronics sales arm of Panasonic
 Corporation of America. Information about Panasonic products is available
 at Additional company information for journalists
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     About YouTube
     YouTube is the world's largest online video community allowing millions
 of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube
 provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across
 the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators
 and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, CA and is a
 subsidiary of Google, Inc.
     About Google Inc.
     Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
 around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford
 Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web
 property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program
 provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing
 the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon
 Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more
 information, please visit
     Google, Picasa, Picasa Web Albums, and YouTube are trademarks of Google
 Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the
 property of their respective owners.

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