I'm on the market for a 32" HD TV. I was ready to get a Panny E3, and then I noticed it only has the poor man's "Easy IPTV", not the Vierra Connect.
My past experience has been disappointing as my 2009 Panny S series plasma came with a rather limited set of apps under their Vierra Cast moniker, but before Panasonic did much to expand the apps offerings, they stopped updating it instead moving on to their "next generation" of Vierra Cast, which then morphed into Vierra Connect.
Here's what I found out from the Panasonic press release: VIERA Connect has such apps as CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Napster, Facebook and sports sites including MLB.TV, MLS Matchday Live, NBA Game Time, and NHL Game Center. On the other hand, Panasonic don't seem to have anywhere on the web site where you can "test drive" Viera connect.
Easy IPTV sounds like a run-of-the-mill menu of six static apps (Netflix, Amazon VOD, CinemaNow , Napster, Pandora and Facebook), most of which are already on my blu ray player.)
So the question is: what kind of commitment is it reasonable to expect to the Vierra Connect service? Where do you think it is headed - it seems to be pretty sports "live streaming" content centered ATM? But the buzz in digital "online" movies seems to be cloud based content "lockers" like Ultraviolet. If Vierra Connect is part of Panasonic's long term technology strategy, why isn't it on more of their sets instead of the relatively meager Easy IPTV?? Is is likely to be updated for services like Ultraviolet, or is it going to be necessary to start looking for another Internet TV / Streaming Player with those features in a few months?