Media Release, 11 April 2012

Telstra and Panasonic are partnering to bring BigPond Movies’ extensive movie library to selected 2012 and 2011 Panasonic VIERA TVs1

The deal means the BigPond Movies service will be available on over 100 different authorized TVs, video players and set top boxes from a range of vendors by the end of the financial year – more than any other movies streaming or download service in Australia.

Telstra’s Executive Director of Media Applications and User Experience, J-B Rousselot said the range of ways to enjoy BigPond Movies made it fast and convenient for customers to access the latest in home entertainment

“People lead busy lives and value convenience more than ever.  By making BigPond movies available on the award-winning T-Box as well as internet-connected TVs, blu-ray players, home theatre systems and media extenders, it has never been easier or more convenient.

“During the school holidays, even more internet enabled TV owners will be able to rent the latest blockbuster, or a favourite childhood classic, without leaving the living room.

“With access to a comprehensive range of Movies and TV Shows, and no late fees, BigPond Movies really is like having a video store in your lounge room, anywhere in Australia.” Mr Rousselot said.

Matt Pearce, Group Marketing Manager, VIERA, Panasonic Australia, said: “We are delighted to announce the addition of BigPond Movies to our VIERA Connect platform, bringing Australians even greater viewing flexibility in the home. Consumers can enjoy a host of content from the new cloud based VIERA Connect service.”

Panasonic’s cloud based VIERA Connect service provides an unlimited number of apps and ensures that the user always has the most up-to-date versions, without having to worry about upgrades. BigPond joins a host of other services from ABC iView, Yahoo!7's PLUS7, videos, music and interactive games as well as social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. 

1. Big Pond Movies is available from April 11 on selected VIERA 2012 TV models and will be available on selected 2011 models in the coming weeks.  VIERA 2012 models: VT50, ST50, UT50, XT50, WT50, DT50, ET50, ET5, E5 Series.  VIERA 2011 models: VT30, GT30, ST30,UT30, DT30, E30 Series.  Broadband connection must meet minimum requirements.