Firefox TVs go on sale in Europe

old-school-tvSmart TVs powered by Firefox OS have gone on sale in Europe.

The operating system is being seen under the bonnet of six models of Panasonic Viera TV the CR850, CR730, CX800, CX750, CX700 and CX680. This is almost all of Panasonic’s new TVs, and include 4K panels as well.

The flagship CR850 (curved) costs £3,500 and and CX800 (flat) will set you back £3,200. The cheapest Firefox telly is £700 for a 40-inch CX680, which is not exactly cheap.

Early reviews suggest that Panasonic’s new 4K TVs are rather nice especially the top-end models with 10-bit colour – which Panasonic calls “4K Studio Master”.

The Firefox OS for TVs will be much like any other smart TV platform. Every app is written in HTML5, just like the Firefox phones. The new Panasonic TVs ship with a decent number of Firefox OS apps, including a Netflix app that supports 4K streaming. There is an “apps market” if you want to download some more.

Everything can be pinned to the home screen which makes it easy to grab with a remote after you have set everything up.

Still the Firefox OS was supposed to be a smartphone OS, but in early 2014 Mozilla announced it would also be coming to some other platforms, such as TVs. So far Mozilla hasn’t yet announced any other smart TV partners.