UPDATE (01/08/19): Panasonic has announced that all of its OLEDs have been designated as Netflix Recommended TVs. That means owners of the GZ1500, GZ1000 and GZ950 can expect the best Netflix experience possible, following on from the announcements GX800 had passed muster, with all the OLED TVs getting the Netflix Calibrated Mode last month.
Original article as follows…
Panasonic has revealed the company’s 2019 OLED TVs will feature a “Netflix Calibrated Mode”. The mode configures the TV to bring “studio quality picture … mastering right to the living room”.
The Calibrated mode sees Netflix expand its ties in the TV world − the mode is already available on Sony TVs − and produces a picture with more precise colours, accurate contrast and truer motion, with TC shows and films shown in the way the creator intended them to be.
All of Panasonic’s 2019 OLEDs will be able to take advantage of the Netflix Calibrated mode which works across the Netflix catalogue.
Netflix’s Vice President of device partner engagements, Rob Caruso, said of the announcement: “Quality means everything to us, and we’re thrilled to bring Netflix Calibrated Mode to Panasonic’s OLED TVs so our members have the choice to experience amazing storytelling on Netflix in the most authentic way”.
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The head of Audio Visual products for Panasonic in Europe, Yasushi Murayama, gave the TV company’s perspective: “Panasonic’s theme for 2019 has been to deliver ‘more‘ Hollywood to ‘more’ homes … With this collaboration with Netflix we are doing it again: bringing studio quality picture mastering to more viewers”.
The announcement of this close collaboration between Netflix and Panasonic follows the reveal of Netflix-approved TV sets – on which Panasonic sets are included. A range of Samsung and Sony models round out the list – compiled by Netflix to make sure viewers get the best experience.
Netflix has been putting a heavier focus on improving user experience over the past few months. Recently, Netflix tested a feature to allow users to open a pop-out video window – allowing for easier picture-in-picture. At the same time, a shuffle mode was also being tested. Shuffle mode lets users be surprised with a random episode of certain TV shows.