CES 2015: Panasonic Powered by Firefox, NanoTech Gets Musical

/ Jan 7, 2015

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The second official day of CES is in the books. With two more days to go, here are some of the video-related announcements from Las Vegas that you should be aware of.

Panasonic (PCRFY) announced that Firefox OS will be responsible for the “smart” in its latest 4K smart TVs. The interface on the new TVs look like they’ll be easy to navigate and will include the ability to search through web content on the TVs. Apps on the TVs will include the likes of Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon, and AOL, naturally. These TVs should be available to consumers come springtime.

NanoTech Entertainment (NTEK) announced that it will be adding a whole slew of music content to its UltraFlix 4K Ultra HD network, thanks to a distribution pact with Eagle Rock Entertainment, which is controlled by Universal Music Group. Per the deal, NanoTech will get upwards of 50 concert videos and music documentaries to add to its programming slate. All videos will be in 4K and will feature artists like Pink Floyd, Elton John, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Queen, and Usher.

Smartphone maker HTC wants to make more connected devices and get into the entertainment business. Without divulging anything specific, HTC said it plans to launch hardware and software products in both categories in the coming year, according to Recode. When asked why, Drew Bamford, VP of the HTC Creative Labs group, told the site: “I think the reality is that we have to do these things…because no matter how well we do on the phones, we recognize that in the medium to long term, it’s important for HTC to be in these other categories.” (Samsung’s forays into connected devices and entertainment are probably big reason, too.)

For all of our CES 2015 coverage, click here.

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