We have been waiting a very long time for this (too long), but as per the updated FAQ’s on the Panasonic website, the iPlayer software update is now available (version 1.619 for plasma’s, 2.606 for lcd’s), for the 2008 Panasonic televisions with Freesat built-in. The Pansonic website states;
2008 Freesat television models: An update via Freesat is scheduled for Wednesday the 27th of September. The set will update automaticaly overnight on this date.
Please ensure that the ‘Auto Update Search in Standby’ is set to on in the system update menu, which is found in the setup menu.
We assume “Wednesday the 27th of September” actually meant today and the DTG website confirmed this!
It doesn’t appear however that any further updates will be provided for the existing range of televisions so ITV Player doesn’t look like an option, although much of the required changes to make iPlayer work should now be complete so adding ITV Player shouldn’t really be a problem; it might just be Panasonic covering their backs and anything else is a bonus;
It will not be possible to provide software upgrades to further enhance the platform used in this range of TVs in the future. Therefore any future additional services cannot be guaranteed.
If you have one of the televisions benefiting from todays update, let us know how you are getting on by posting a comment below.