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

  • 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

SpecificationsExpand All

    • Screen Size Diagonal (inches)
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Number of Pixels
    • Panel
    • HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p)
    • Aspect Control
    • 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
    • 3D Real Sound
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • Surround Sound
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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TC-L42ET5 is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from TV Not a Good Browser We love our PANASONIC HDTV. Beautiful picture. Perfect with NETFLIX, YOUTUBE, and with TIVO. However, big problem: It won't search internet very well. We have upgraded our Router, purchased a WIFI booster, still slow and for GOOGLE PHOTOS, it won't work at all. Browser just stops. Having to re-log in every time that happens, only to never leave the PHOTOS page is really a bother. I called PANASONIC tech support and went online for tech support at PANASONIC, but you are asking me to pay to answer my basic question: Is PANASONIC in a dispute with GOOGLE?
Date published: 2017-01-31
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
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Firmware & Drivers FIRMWARE
  • What should I do if my TV will not turn on and the power indicator LED is not flashing?
    Follow these troubleshooting steps:
    • Make sure your TV's power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet.
    • Make sure the electrical outlet the TV is plugged into has power by testing known working device in that outlet.
    • After verifying the TV is plugged into a working outlet, try pressing the [POWER] button on the TV instead of the TV remote.
    If the outlet is working and the TV will not turn on after pressing the [POWER] button on the TV, please consider having the unit serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.
  • What should I do if the front Power indicator LED light is blinking?
    1. Unplug the TV's power cord.
    2. Unplug all cables.
    3. Power the TV using a different power outlet (do not use a power strip or surge protector).

    If the problem persists, please consider having the TV serviced. Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.

    Note: Count how many times the LED light blinks. This can help a technician troubleshoot the problem.
  • What should I do if I can access all of the TV apps except Netflix?
    1. Change the DNS setting of your TV to
    2. If you are able to access the Netflix splash screen, use the TV remote to deactivate your account by pressing Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Up, Up, Up. After this process, try loggin back into the Netflix TV app.

    If the procedure is successful a screen will come up with the option to deactivate your device from your account. If not try the process again. Once you have successfully deactivated your device, you will need to activate it by opening Netflix and at the main screen selecting Member Sign In, then following the on screen prompts until activation is complete.

    If the Netflix app still fails to open, but all of the other TV apps work, visit help.netflix.com for more support.

  • What should I do if I have bars displaying on the TV screen?
    Change the format (aspect ratio) of the picture by pressing the [FORMAT] or [ASPECT] button on the TV's remote control. If you still have bars, check the aspect settings on your external video source, such as Cable/Satellite box, DVD/Blu-ray Disc player, etc. Note: Some content, such as film-based movies, are available in extra-wide format. Top and bottom bars are unavoidable.
Energy Rating
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  • ENERGY STAR Smart Too

    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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