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NETGEAR and Panasonic Team to Deliver the Optimal Wirelessly Connected Experience for the Panasonic VIERA® Line of TVs
NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter lets consumers wirelessly connect their HDTV to the Internet with the push of a button
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 11 — NETGEAR®, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically innovative networking solutions for homes, businesses and service providers, today announced that Panasonic (NYSE: PC), a global leader in 3D and high definition television technology, has selected NETGEAR as the only third-party brand to support its VIERA® line of TVs, commencing with its NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter (WNDA3100). Together, NETGEAR and Panasonic are enabling consumers to access and stream online content to their TVs, and create the ultimate, connected entertainment experience.
“The NETGEAR and Panasonic partnership enables consumers to easily connect their home entertainment devices and access their favorite online content right from their living rooms through the TV,” said David Henry, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Home Products, NETGEAR. “NETGEAR’s Wireless Dual Band USB Adapters deliver the speed and reliability needed for video streaming. This coupled with Panasonic’s undisputed leadership and innovation in the HDTV market, makes it possible for any consumer to have an exceptional entertainment experience in the home.”
Delivering incredible speed and Wi-Fi® range for consumers’ home networks, the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter also features NETGEAR’s Push ‘N’ Connect technology which allows consumers to connect their Panasonic VIERA TV and wireless router with the push of a button and wirelessly stream Internet content to the TV with the VIERA Cast™ IPTV technology. VIERA Cast, which requires no additional equipment or set up, allows consumers to enjoy online content through an easy-to-use web interface that’s built into the TV. Web programming includes:
* Amazon Video On Demand: Instantly download and watch new release movies as well as TV shows.
* YouTube: Access millions of videos with a single VIERA remote control operation.
* Picasa photo sharing service: View Picasa web albums, stream photos in a slideshow, or post photos on the Internet.
* Additional programs: VIERA Cast also features real-time weather forecasts and stock information.
“As the line between the TV and the PC continues to blur, we’re seeing a steep uptick in the number of consumers that are connecting their TVs to the Internet in order to create a more immersive entertainment experience in the home,” said Henry Hauser, Vice President, Display Group, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “We are dedicated to delivering the best entertainment experience possible and the NETGEAR adapter technology enables us to do just that with our Panasonic VIERA televisions and the VIERA Cast IPTV technology.”
Marked by a “Compatible with Panasonic” sticker, the NETGEAR N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter, which has an MSRP in the US of $79.99, is available now for Panasonic television models worldwide.
For more information, please visit: www.netgear.com/wifitv
About NETGEAR, Inc.
NETGEAR (NASDAQGM: NTGR) designs innovative, branded technology solutions that address the specific networking, storage, and security needs of Small- to Medium-sized Businesses (SMBs) and home users. The company offers an end-to-end networking product portfolio to enable users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, multimedia content, and applications among multiple computers and other Internet-enabled devices. Products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in over 27,000 retail locations around the globe, and via more than 36,000 value-added resellers. The company’s headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at http://www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at http://twitter.com/NETGEAR and http://www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.
Note: Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput will vary from maximum signal rates stipulated. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company (PCEC), a market and technology leader in High Definition television, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s Eco Ideas programs. Information about Panasonic products is available at www.panasonic.com.