Panasonic adds Netflix to 2010 HDTV models

Television maker taps Netflix instant streaming for its line of 2010 HDTV models.

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Panasonic's line of 2010 HDTVs and Blu-ray players will support Netflix instant streaming, the company announced Thursday.

Netflix joins Skype, Twitter, Pandora, YouTube, Amazon Video on Demand, and other applications built into Panasonic's Viera Cast service.

But before older-model users start looking for Netflix on their televisions, Panasonic was quick to point out that the update applies only to its 2010 line of HDTVs. The company's VT25 and VT20 series are included, as well as its GT25, G25, and G20 line of televisions. Panasonic has also added Netflix functionality to its 2010 Blu-ray players featuring Viera Cast.

Panasonic's decision to offer Netflix only on its 2010 line of HDTVs and Blu-ray players isn't much a surprise. Earlier this year, the company confirmed that "due to the system requirement issues, Netflix cannot be added to pre-2010 models." Panasonic said at the time that pre-2010 models lacked embedded DRM to make Netflix work with the sets.

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