Matsushita's Panasonic, Google to work on Internet TVs

Mike Horowitz (L), project manager for Picassa from Google Inc. and Steve Chen, co-founder and chief technology officer for YouTube, speak with Toshihiro Sakamoto (R), president Panasonic AVC Networks, about their partnerships at the Panasonic keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 7, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

TOKYO (Reuters) - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd’s Panasonic unit said on Monday it will work with Google Inc to develop televisions that will allow users to watch Internet content such as photos and videos.

The TVs developed by the partners will allow users to directly access videos from YouTube, a video-sharing Web site owned by search engine giant Google, and see Picasa Web Albums, a free online photo-sharing service from Google, the Japanese company said in a statement.

Reporting by Aiko Hayashi