Panasonic Viera Connect: First Look

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We got a guided tour through Panasonic's new connected TV platform, Viera Connect. Take a look at the new app store, sports content channel partnerships, and more.

In Video: Guided Tour Through Panasonic's Viera Connect

We also had the chance to play with some of the more in-depth features in Viera Connect, including the gaming and exercise features.

In Video: Panasonic Viera Connect: Gaming and Exercise

Gameloft's Asphalt 5 looked just as slick in person as it did during the press conference demo yesterday. While it doesn't hold a candle to a dedicated auto-racing title like Gran Turismo, it still looks pretty, and it has definitely exceeded the (admittedly rather low) expectations for games running on a TV's processor. Also, Panasonic's gaming features include support for other gamepads, which could make it a compelling option for occasional gamers who don't want to shell out for an expensive console.

NordicTrack was on hand at the Panasonic booth with a treadmill that hooked up to the new Viera Connect TVs. Just use the TV to set a path anywhere in Google Maps, and the treadmill will change the incline according to the real-world path's actual terrain. What's more, if Google Street View images are available, the TV will show you what it would look like to be crossing the path, meaning you could take in a scenic run through the streets of Italy while working up a sweat in your living room in Iowa.

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