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SMART VIERA® 42" Class ET5 Series LED HDTV (42.0" Diag.)

Details
TC-L42ET5
Features
  • Full HD 3D with 4 pairs of polarized 3D glasses
  • IPS LED Panel
  • 360 Backlight Scanning
  • 2D to 3D Conversion
  • VIERA CONNECT w/Built in WiFi and Web Browser
  • VIERA Remote App Support

Features

Picture Quality


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Delivering 3D Fun to Your Family

Polarized 3D Method

A polarizing film on the display surface displays the left and right images for each of the odd-numbered and even-numbered horizontal scanning lines. When viewed through polarizing eyewear, different images are shown to the left and right eyes, resulting in the perception of 3D images. This method reduces the vertical resolution to one-half, but it is an easy way to view 3D images using light, economical eyewear. Great for watching with a group of people.

 

Expressive, Lifelike Colors

Vivid Color Creation

The brightness, saturation, contrast and sharpness of colors are finely compensated in each scene. Highly vivid colors are produced with hardly any mutual interference. People's faces are also detected, and skin tones are beautifully corrected to ensure soft, natural complexions*.

* Only for the VT, GT Series of Plasma TVs and WT Series of LCD TVs.

Easily Convert 2D Images into 3D

2D-3D Conversion

Unique Panasonic technology converts 2D images into high-quality 3D images in real-time. The image depth is analyzed from the compositional, color and brightness data of each scene, to convert 2D images into naturally beautiful 3D images. In addition to ordinary TV programs, this method can be used to convert a variety of 2D images — such as web content, Blu-ray Disc™ media, and photos and movies saved onto SD Memory Cards — into 3D images with a high level of precision.

* When a 2D source is converted to 3D, the 3D effect is slightly less pronounced than with 3D sources.

Naturally Flowing Film Images

3D 24p Cinema Smoother

The system analyzes the frames before and after, and generates and inserts three new frames. By displaying images with 96 frames compared to the 24-frame original source, smooth images are produced without the blurring that is typical of movies.

* These images are for a 60Hz input signal.

Brilliant Images from Every Seat

Wide Viewing Angle

With VIERA's wide 178°* viewing angle, you see clear, vibrant images from every seat in the room. The backlight features a wide transmission aperture that enhances contrast between light and dark and improves response to provide smoother motion images.

* The range at which the contrast ratio is 10:1 or higher

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Easy Operation


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Change the Way You Operate

VIERA remote App Support: Smartphone Remote

VIERA remote App lets you use a smartphone or tablet device as a remote control. Tap and flick-based commands are intuitive. Text input is easy, too, with familiar keyboard operation. These handy devices also make great gamepads.

More Comfortable Operation

Free Point Operation

More intuitive free-point operation for web browsing, by using the touch screen as a touchpad.

Game Pad Operation

Gamepad operation for VIERA Connect game applications which can be enjoyed on the large screen.

* Gamepad operations can be used only for games downloaded from the VIERA Connect Market to SD Card.

Linking Content Enables Greater Enjoyment

Browser Linkage

You can display the same web pages on VIERA and smartphone with easy operation.

Media Flick

Enjoy photos, music and movies on VIERA and smartphone anytime.

Change the Way You Operate

Simple Remote Control

This remote features easy-to-see characters and an easy-to-understand button layout. It lets everyone in the house operate VIERA quickly and easily.

Instant Support When You Need It

Product Support Center

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about connecting peripheral devices and operating methods are explained using movies. They are easy for everyone, young or old, to understand. A video guide can be accessed from VIERA Connect.

* Requires the downloading of a free app from VIERA Connect Market.

Inside the User's Manual

eHELP

No more need to search through the User's Manual. Now you can find out how to operate and connect devices right on your TV screen. Just press the HELP button on the remote control to display the eHELP.

Networking


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Takes You to a New World

VIERA Connect

VIERA Connect is an internet service for TVs based on the use of cloud servers.
It brings you video-on-demand (VOD), catch-up TV, games, educational content, and lots more, through a wide range of apps. It's a great way to relax in your living room with family and friends.

Find your favorite apps:

Large-Screen Web Browsing with Your Family

Web Browser

The browser supports HTML5 pages, so you can browse the Internet much like you do with a PC. Unlike a PC, though, the large screen allows the whole family or a group of friends to comfortably view a wide variety of content.

Neat and Comfortable Wireless Internet Connection

WiFi Built-In

It is easy to connect to the internet or a home network by using the WiFi Built-In function. There is no need for cords or cables, so the layout is flexible and the room stays neat and uncluttered. Using a wireless connection for VIERA Connect and employing the DLNA function make it easy to share photos and movies.

* A wireless LAN environment is required to use the WiFi Built-In function.

A Home Network Linking the Entire House

DLNA

A DLNA-compatible VIERA makes network connection super easy. It makes content easy to share by linking equipment over a home network. Enjoy photos, movies, music and more in the living room, bedroom, or any room in the house.

Get More Excitement Out of Gaming

Game Mode

Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see. Game mode makes all of the game apps on VIERA Connect even more fun to play.

Play Various Types of Formats Easily

Media Player

Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV.

* Applicable formats vary depending on the model.

One Remote Controls Them All

VIERA Link™

VIERA Link interlinks the operation of various AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote. Setup is easy, too – simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.

Eco


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Searching for Waste and Automatically Saving Power

Eco Mode

This mode automatically turns the power off and adjusts the brightness depending on VIERA's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from VIERA Tools.

No Signal for 10 Minutes or No Activity for 3 Hours

This setting automatically turns the power off when there's no image signal for 10 minutes or more, or when there's no activity for 3 hours or more.

Power Save

This setting adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.

Adjusts Screen Brightness to Suit the Room

C.A.T.S. [Contrast Automatic Tracking System]

This detects the brightness of the room and automatically adjusts screen brightness accordingly. When the room darkens, it lowers the screen brightness and adjusts the image quality for easier viewing while suppressing power consumption.

Ecological and Easy

Power Saving Functions in VIERA Link™

The power of each connected device is adjusted depending on usage to reduce wasteful usage.

Standby Power Save

When VIERA is turned off, the power consumption of connected devices* is minimized.

* VIERA models for 2009 or above, and video products for 2009 or above compatible with Power Save or Quick Start.
** The power consumption value differs depending on the discs used in connected devices and the usage conditions.

Intelligent Auto Standby

Power consumption is minimized by using VIERA Link™ control for interconnected devices.

* VIERA models for 2009 or above, and video products for 2009 or above compatible with Power Save or Quick Start.

Design


Crystal Frame

The slim screen is surrounded by a delicately colored bezel and transparent, crystal-like frame to produce VIERA's unique floating appearance.

Learn more:

Panasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator App

Get the best Setup and viewing style for your Panasonic Viera TV

Panasonic VIERA AR Setup Simulator App

Notice for VIERA Connect

* The services through VIERA Connect are operated by their respective service providers, and service may be discontinued either temporarily or permanently without notice. Therefore, Panasonic will make no warranty for the content or the continuity of the service.
* Not all features of websites or content of the service may be available.
* Some content may be inappropriate for some viewers.
* Some content may only be available for specific countries and may be presented in specific languages.
* The MLB, FOX Sports, YouTube™, hulu Plus, Netflix, Cinemanow, Amazon Instant Video™, VUDU, iFit, Withings, AP, AccuWeather, BodyMedia, SHOUTcast, Pandora®, Facebook and Twitter® names and logos are trademarks of their respective companies in the United States and other countries.
* The Skype name, associated trade marks and logos and the "S" symbol are trade marks of Skype Limited.
* Each service is scheduled to begin in Spring 2012, but the actual start will vary for each of the service partners.
* Attention: it is not possible to make emergency calls with Skype™.
* USB Keyboard and Wireless LAN Adaptor are not included.
* Communication Camera for VIERA is not included.

Awards

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SpecificationsExpand All

  • DISPLAY
    • Screen Size Diagonal (inches)
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Number of Pixels
    • Panel
    • HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p)
    • Aspect Control
  • PICTURE
    • Viewing Angle
    • Filter
    • Panel Drive
    • 24p Playback (3:2)/24p Smooth Film
    • Intelligent Scene Controller
    • Smart VIERA Engine Pro
    • Vivid Color Creation
  • Full HD 3D
    • 3D Panel
    • 3D 24p Cinema Smoother
    • 2D-3D Conversion
    • Dedicated 3D Eyewear
  • AUDIO
    • 3D Real Sound
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • Surround Sound
  • JACKS
    • Integrated ATSC Tuner
    • HDMI Input
    • Support Feature
    • SD Card
    • USB2.0
    • Analog Audio Input (for HDMI/DVI)
    • Composite Video Input shared with Component
    • Audio Input (for Composite Video)
    • PC Input
    • Component Video Input (Y, PB, PR) shared with Composite
    • Audio Input (for Component Video)
    • Ethernet
    • Digital Audio Output
  • FEATURES
    • VIERA Connect (IPTV)
    • Web Browser
    • Skype while watching TV
    • Social Networking TV (Faceboook/Twitter)
    • VIERA Remote App Support
    • Wireless LAN Adaptor
    • DLNA
    • Media Player
    • Support Format
    • VIERA Link
    • VIERA Tools
    • Eco Mode
    • Game Mode
    • Trilingual Menu (English/Spanish/French)
    • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
    • Off - Timers
    • E-Help
  • GENERAL
    • Power Supply
    • On Mode Average Power Consumption
    • Receiving System
    • Dimensions with stand
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Dimensions W/O stand
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Weight with stand [lbs (kg)]
    • Weight W/O stand [lbs (kg)]
    • Carton Dimensions
    • Height [inches (mm)]
    • Width [inches (mm)]
    • Depth [inches (mm)]
    • Gross Weight [lbs (kg)]
    • Operating Temperature
    • Safety Standard
    • VESA Compatible
    • Glass & Metal Design
  • Further Specifications
    • NOTE
    • UPC
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Reviews

TC-L42ET5 is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Panasonic Apps Need Improvement I have owned this TV since December 2012 (7 months). When an App doesn't work you can't delete it and reinstall. You must reset the entire TV, including favorites, etc, and use clumsy tools to login to everything again. Several hours each time Netflix App crashes. Netflix says to delete the App and reinstall. However Panasonic won't allow you to delete the offending app, you can only delete everything and start over again. Very frustrating experience. I've never encountered this user unfriendly in over 20 years. Its like having a computer and if anything goes wrong, format the PC and reinstall the Operating System (Windows/MAC) from scratch. Help from Panasonic? Doesn't exist if the manual or FAQ don't answer your question/problem. This will be my last Smart Panasonic TV purchase unless Panasonic fixes the problem. Otherwise I like the TV. Great picture, controls, remote etc. Sound is weak, but all very thin TV's have weak sound. They simply aren't big enough for good speakers. I have hooked up a good soundbar and the sound is great. Except for this issue with the Apps (Netflix) I think its a great TV. But having to reset the entire TV to delete an App is engineering incompetence at its best. And more than once for this problem becomes a nuisance for me, the purchaser.
Date published: 2013-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect Easy to set up. The only thing holding me back from 5 stars is the sound. Default setting for sound are unusable and after adjusting sound settings, sound is only just acceptable... definitely not killer like the picture.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy with Purchase Bought this as a replacement for my P42ST30. I use this in my upstairs gameroom to watch sports, play video games with my son, and movies. Impressed with the picture and features. The sound is a little weak, but I have surround sound so no worries. Overall, I am pleased with the tv.
Date published: 2013-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best T.V. I have ever had This T.V. in my opinion has the best picture out on the market
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from coolest tv ever So i got the tv and it was easy to set up. once i got the cable going the picture was perfect, little change here and 100% happy. the built in wireless is easy to use. Lets not forget all the COOL apps that are in the tv but also the smart phone app that is VERY COOL. i will tell my friends about this tv.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing purchase It's been 2 months since I purchased my unit from the neighbouring bestbuy store. Following is my experience so far - What's great: Picture quality, 3D, internet streaming What's ok but not so great: Web browsing What's wanting - Sound Overall, I found it to be good value for money.
Date published: 2012-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Purchase. Few nuances. Everything with this TV is EXCELLENT except for what I am listing below: 1. The web browser is almost useless as it is hard to navigate and does NOT play flash. Thus, sites like HBO GO cannot be played through the browser. The Viera Connect remote app is slow to inputs when navigating the cursor, but selecting the webpage on your phone and then flicking to the TV is an excellent feature. ATTN Panasonic developers: Please set the default box on the viera remote app's browser to google. It's annoying to have to navigate to google, then search for what you want. 2. Poor packaging. If you get a good unit, it's amazing. I've received 3 Panasonic Viera TVs, and 2 of them had big dents in the back. All of them were through amazon, and delivered through UPS, so it could have been any one of those middlemen. Nevertheless, the similarity of the dent in the back suggests it is Panasonic's fault, either through damage at the factory or poor packaging. You need to beef up protection on your TVs. 3. 2D-3D conversion is poor, but I won't take any points off for that. What do you expect with a source that wasn't made for 3D. Content that is sourced for 3D (3D blueray movies) are AMAZING. You are going to get an experience that is better than the movie theaters. I was thoroughly impressed as I was expecting less with passive glasses. Panasonic nailed the technology. I was able to put 3D movies on a USB thumb drive, plug in, and it converted automatically. I was also able to connect to my Macbook Pro via HDMI/minidisplay and play movies via VLC. The TV automatically detected the 3D content and converted it automatically. VERY IMPRESSIVE. Sometimes there is a little 1-2 second lag (you see 2 images for that time) but then it switches to the 3D image. Summary: EXCELLENT buy if you get an undamaged unit.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely Satisfied Customer The TV was great to have in my house. It was easy to setup with a user friendly App Base. Picture quality was superb. Only downfall was the speakers on the TV, but who uses those anyway.If You invest in a high quality TV, you should also invest in a good surround sound system.
Date published: 2012-07-09
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    The Panasonic ET5 Series TV not only meets ENERGY STAR requirements, it exceeds them. For you, it means:

    • More energy savings
    • Lower utility bills
    • Leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the environment.
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