Sunday, 15 May 2011

Viera Connect

So it seems the 2011 range of Panasonic TV's and Blue Ray players come with "Viera Connect", a new, improved but sadly incompatible upgrade to VieraCast! We are therefore now out in the cold with our "legacy" hardware.

All may not be lost, however. One assumes that the code will not be compatible with our units for chipset/hardware purposes (especially 3D games!), but if the code is delivered in a similar way to VieraCast, it may be possible to extract some useful information from them. i.e. we probably won't be able to run it natively, but we may for example be able to tap into sports channel streams (NBA etc?) by analyzing the new TV's via proxy as we have already done here.

It may also be that the code for the new TV's is similar if not exactly the same, and the publication of the development SDK (presumably not to the general public, but it may leak?) will give more of an insight into what we may be able to add to our sets.

If anyone has access to a 2011 unit with Viera Connect (I don't!), it'd be useful if you could have a play via a proxy - see if you can figure out where it downloads initial code from (instead of etc), what the code looks like, etc. etc. Any comments appreciated.

Sorry I've not been around much recently - I am still here and the blog isn't totally dead, I've just been very busy and haven't had anything useful to add :D


  1. Hello.
    I aquired a Panasonic Tv only recently and I've just discover this blog so I might be a bit late.
    To be honest, I'm not understanding much of it since I'm not familiar with Linux and network technologies.
    But I've noticed that some of the "apps" (I don't really know how to call them) available on my TV are exactly the same as the ones available in Boxee.
    You can download Boxee for free on PC/Mac and there are much much more "apps" available in there than on Viera Cast. Since the ones they have in common seems to be exactly the same, I thought that, maybe, there's a way to "translate" them from Boxee VieraCast.
    It might be completely stupid assumption since I'm quite ignorant about that kind of stuff. And if it is so, I'm sorry. But if it's not, I thought it might be interesting for you to have a look at it. It might be a way to extend VieraCast as you wanted to.
    In any case, please keep that blog alive because I really want to see what you can come up with.

  2. i want to enable skype my bad its not working with my tv, becouse its made for middle east and skpye is banned but i tried to use proxy i discover it can allow skype downloaded but no chance to make it connected to server same as dailymotion....

  3. Hi

    I have create a forum dedicated to discussion on vieracast development in the hope of gathering all information in one place.

    Check it out here: