March 21, 2013 at 08:00 AM EDT
Panasonic’s New Smart TVs Now Listen and Speak with Nuance’s Dragon TV

Nuance Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) today announced that Panasonic’s new lineup of SMART VIERA® HDTVs announced at CES 2013 feature voice capabilities powered by Nuance’s Dragon TV. Now people can simply sit back and speak to find content, search the web, control volume and more – creating a more interactive and intelligent television experience. And with Dragon TV’s text-to-speech, television content and options on the screen can be read aloud.

“Smart TVs provide an amazing digital living room experience, but traditional remotes and program guides make it challenging to find and access all that exists for content and entertainment. Voice eliminates those barriers, allowing our consumers to not only control but also interact with Panasonic’s Smart TVs,” said Hiroyuki Iwaki, group manager of TV product planning, Panasonic.

Dragon TV is Nuance’s unique voice and natural language understanding platform designed specifically for smart TV, device and set-top box OEMs and service operators. Dragon TV brings the personal assistant experience to the living room, where consumers are able to speak to their TV and it responds, whether changing the channel, finding favorite movies and content by program name or actor, or staying connected with social media or the web – and much more.

“Consumers need a simple way to navigate and search the overwhelming amount of TV content,” said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile. “Dragon TV enables Smart TV manufacturers like Panasonic to deliver a differentiated and compelling experience in one of the most intuitive ways people communicate – through voice.”

Availability

Panasonic SMART VIERA TVs featuring Dragon TV will be available worldwide beginning in the Spring of 2013. For more details visit http://www.panasonic.net/avc/viera/.

Dragon TV is a part of Nuance’s portfolio of voice, touch and natural language understanding innovations that are defining a new generation of intelligent systems and personal assistant technologies, which also includes Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac, Dragon Assistant for Intel-inspired Ultrabooks, Dragon Dictation, Dragon Go!, Dragon Drive!, Dragon ID, Dragon Voicemail to Text, and Swype. With Nuance technology, people experience more humanized interactions with the world’s best phones, tablets, computers, cars, TVs, apps and services from leading manufacturers and operators. To learn more visit www.nuancemobilelife.com.

About Panasonic

Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products in three business fields, consumer, components & devices, and solutions. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.85 trillion yen for the year ended March 31, 2012. Panasonic's stock is listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE:PC) Stock Exchanges. The company has the vision of becoming the No. 1 Green Innovation Company in the Electronics Industry by the 100th year of its founding in 2018. For more information on Panasonic, its brand and commitment to sustainability, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

About Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN) is a leading provider of voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications. For more information, please visit www.nuance.com.

Nuance and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

The statements in this press release relating to future plans or future events or service, are forward-looking statements which are subject to specific risks and uncertainties. These could involve particular market trends, competition factors and other risks described in the documents submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results, events and services may vary significantly from the forecasts. The reader is warned not to rely on these forward-looking statements without reservation, since these are simply reflections of the current situation.

Contacts:

Nuance Communications
Rebecca Paquette, 781-565-5264
rebecca.paquette@nuance.com
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