Panasonic is the first television maker to use Mozilla’s Firefox OS to power its smart TVs. And now you can buy one of those TVs… if you happen to be in Europe.
They should be available in additional markets within a few months.
The Panasonic CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700, and CX680 TVs all use Mozilla’s software to power the smart TV experience.
The TV user interface doesn’t look like a web browser or smartphone UI though. Instead, it uses a cards-and-decks style layout to let you navigate apps, devices, live TV, and other features.
There are already apps available for a number of popular internet video services including Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. But while relying on HTML5 should make it relatively easy for web app developers to bring their services to Firefox OS, it’s still too early to say how many of those developers will actually do so: there’s an ever-growing number of smart TV platforms including Firefox OS, Android TV, Roku, Tizen, and Apple TV. While big names like Netflix will probably do their best to offer apps for each platform, don’t be surprised if some other providers take a wait-and-see approach before deciding which platforms are popular enough to prioritize.