Panasonic have put on hold their decision to launch any new Freesat products this year (usually in March); instead choosing to continue with the existing range of Freesat receivers and built-in televisions.
They have stated their reasoning behind this is due to waiting for the new technical details of the second generation Freesat products which all manufacturers must comply with.
Whilst Freesat are underway with plans to release this information later in the year, we suspect Panasonic are not wishing to jump in too soon following the fiasco with the early products in 2008 still not capable of accessing BBC iPlayer.
The new Freesat specification (currently nicknamed G2) is expected to include some minor hardware changes, but is largely focused on Internet based services, such as on-demand, which is expected to become common place over the next few years.
As soon as we have more information on what is included within the spec, we’ll let you know.