The Internet can be accessed on the Panasonic Viera TV using Viera Connect, an IPTV service that enables the user to access social media sites, Skype and game sites, according to Panasonic. All Panasonic Viera TVs use the DLNA, or Digital Living Network Alliance, server. DLNA permits Viera TV customers to stream media through their TV and compatible devices, such as PCs, notebooks and Blu-ray players.
IPTV, which stands for Internet Protocol television, is a type of programming delivered by video streaming encoded in a series of IP packets. The service is distributed for a fee or for free. Users can watch Live TV and stored videos, and the service can be bundled with such Internet Protocol services as high-speed Internet and VoIP. Viera Connect features YouTube broadcasts and music from SHOUTcast radio.
IPTV differs from traditional TV as regular programming broadcasts multiple programs on simultaneous channels, while IPTV programs are broadcast one at a time. Viewers who watch traditionally programmed shows can switch the channels if they choose. However, when viewers watch IPTV, the content stays fixed on the single stream of the service provider, and the viewer cannot change the channel to watch a different program.