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42" Class Viera® S2 Series 1080p Plasma

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TC-P42S2
Features

42" Class Viera® S2 Series 1080p Plasma
(41.6" Diagonal)

  • 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
  • VIERA Image Viewer™ (Photo)
  • Clean Touch Bezel Design
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified


Features

For the love of the game. VIERA® S2 Series Plasma HDTVs are great for sports and cinema-quality movies. Our Neo PDP technology delivers sharp, detailed image and remarkable brightness - all with lower power consumption.

1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
Clear Images in Every Scene


VIERA® S2 Series Plasma HDTVs feature 1080 lines of moving picture resolution. You enjoy clear, detailed images even in fast-moving scenes, with no blurring or afterimages. The NeoPDP technology's high-speed drive performance instantly generates a large electrical discharge and shortens the display time for each image frame to minimize afterimages.


600Hz Sub-field Drive*
Crisp, clear moving pictures

600Hz technology lets you view superb full-HD motion and still images with 1,080 lines of resolution. For even greater clarity with motion images, Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into dots. And each frame is practically displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous systems, to reduce aftereffects.

*When using cinema mode.



VIERA Image Viewer 8482;
Easy viewing of full-HD photos

It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into your VIERA HDTV to display photos a on the large screen. It's much more fun when you can view them on a large screen HDTV with family and friends in 1920x1080-pixel high definition and a wide 16:9 aspect ratio.

1. Shoot Shoot photos.

2. InsertInsert the SD Memory Card.


3. View Enjoy seeing your full-HD photos on the big screen.



VIERA Link 8482;
Operation with a single remote

VIERA Link allows interconnected operation of various AV devices using only the VIERA remote control, by simply connecting compatible devices to each other by an HDMI cable.

*VIERA Link 8482; is a new name for EZ Sync 8482;. Not all VIERA Link 8482; features are usable with other VIERA Link 8482; and EZ Sync 8482; compatible products.






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    • Contrast Ratio
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    • Native Resolution (Number of Pixels)
    • Moving Picture Resolution
    • Shades of Gradation
    • HDTV Display Capability (1080p, 1080i, 720p)
    • EDTV Display Capability (480p)
    • Aspect Control
    • Full HD 3D
    • AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter
    • 600Hz Sub-field Drive
    • 24p Cinematic Playback
    • 24p Playback(2:3)
    • Deep Color
    • x.v.Color
    • Studio Ref Mode
    • Pro Setting
    • THX Mode
    • ISFccc
    • 3D Color Management
    • Sub Pixel Control
    • Motion Pattern Noise Reduction
    • 600 Hz Sub-field Drive
    • AUDIO
    • Speakers
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • BBE® VIVA HD3D Sound
    • Surround Sound
    • INPUTS & JACKS
    • Integrated ATSC Tuner
    • VIERA Image Viewer™
    • HDMI Input
    • Composite Video Input
    • Audio Input (for Video)
    • PC Input
    • Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR)
    • Audio Input (for Component Video)
    • RS232C
    • Digital Audio Output
    • HDMI Input-Support Feature
    • Analog Audio Input ( for HDMI/DVI)
    • USB
    • LAN Port
    • CONVENIENCE
    • VIERA Link
    • VIERA Cast™ (IPTV)
    • VIERA® Tools
    • Game Mode
    • 3D Active Shutter Eyewear
    • Clean Touch Bezel
    • Pixel Orbiter (Anti-Image Retention)
    • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
    • Off - Timers
    • Trilingual Menu
    • GENERAL
    • Power Supply
    • Rated Power Consumption
    • Standby Power Consumption
    • Energy Star
    • Receiving System
    • Operating Temperature
    • Safety Standard
    • Swivel Angle
    • Optional Wall-mounting Bracket
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    • Weight (lbs.) w/Stand
    • Weight (lbs.) without Stand
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Reviews

TC-P42S2 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Premium TV Clarity is perfect. Plasma has a view that shows the black parts of a movie much better than non-plasma sets. Very impressed after owning it for over a year. Only small complaint is the sound quality is not as good as I'd like although very acceptable. The guy who said it had excellent sound quality in his review and said to not listen to our complaints has a home theater system installed so of course his sound quality would be much better. Duh
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AFTER 1 YEAR IT STOPPED WORKING My husband and I bought this TV brand new, and have owned it for barely a year. It now doesn't work! It shut off by itself and now will not power back on. It only displays a black screen and the power light just blinks repeatedly. Research this issue on the Internet and you'll read what I'm speaking of. Of course it did this after the warranty was expired by FIVE DAYS. BUYER BEWARE, WE SPENT WAY TOO MUCH MONEY ON A TV THAT WILL COST US AS MUCH TO REPAIR AS WE PAID FOR IT! Very dissapointed.
Date published: 2011-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works Great Wanted to wait a little bit before I wrote a review of my Panasonic TC-P42S2 Plasma 42 inch TV. I word rate this TV at 4.5 out of 5 STARS. Pros: Picture, inputs, and price Cons: The sound speakers could be better. I have found that watching a HD TV program they are very good but watching a non HD recoded movie (DVD or VHS) they range from Average to Fair. With all the HD TV selections out in the market I am very glad to have brought model.
Date published: 2011-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than my expectations- A+ This television has amazing picture quality, smooth motion decoding and a bright screen that rivals all but the best LCD and LED displays. Though there could be more sound quality hooking up surround speakers adds that extra kick to an awesome experience. I have to say, the clear picture and amazing color distribution is phenom. Love it, would buy again- Value is def. there.
Date published: 2011-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Picture..... The Quality of this product is great. The picture is so clear and detailed I can see the lines on the ice from ice skates. The only thing I wish is the remote could also control the cable box and the sound system instead of having to switch between remotes.......
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Panasonic TC-P42S2 Review Awesome Plasma HDTV. Picture quality is awesome, sound is great (don't believe negative reviews on sound). I use it with XBOX360 (w/Kinect), DVD player, Home theater surround sound system, I even hooked up my Desktop computer to this TV (using DVI to HDTV cable). This TV picked up more channels and has better reception than the Digital TV box I was using on my old CRT TV. Awesome value. The settings allow various picture modes from as bright as a LED LCD to power saving standard display.
Date published: 2010-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great TV and Great Value I bought this model about 3 months ago and have been very pleased overall. The color is phenomenal and the TV rocks hooked up to a blu-ray player. Only complaint is the sound quality is a little weak. However, this doesn't bother me becasue if you are looking to purchase a TV for home theatre use you are not going to be using the TV's speakers anyhow. For normal cable viewing the sound is just fine.
Date published: 2010-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this TV I love this TV!! The beveled edge is a really nice feature on this TV - it does not reflect or show fingerprints. I also like the screen on this TV. It has an anti-reflective screen which greatly enhances viewing.
Date published: 2010-04-14
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FAQs
  • What support content is available for my product?

    Click on a link below that interests you the most:

    • Panasonic Community - Join our Community and participate in Discussions where you can learn more about our Products. You will also be able to get advice from other members and Product Experts, as well as documents, FAQ’s, tutorials, and updates.

    • Live Chat - Chat with a representative from 9am-9pm Monday-Friday and 10am-7pm Saturday/Sunday EST.

    • Email Contact - For email inquiries, send them to panasonicwebcasesf@us.panasonic.com, you will receive a response within 24-48 hours.

    • Parts/Accessories - Order parts and/or accessories from our supply chain, Encompass.

    • Service Locator - Locate the closest Authorized repair center to you for TVs, Microwaves, Vacuums, or Massage Chairs.

    • Service Request - If you need a product repaired and is NOT a TV, Microwave, Vacuum, or Massage Chair, you can use our Online Repair Request. There, you will be able to get a repair estimate, pay online, and track the repair status.
  • 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, 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.


    Require further assistance?

    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • 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.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • I can access other Apps on my TV, but cannot access Netflix. How can I fix this?
    Symptoms:
    • When the Netflix app is selected, the Netflix splash screen appears, then Netflix closes and returns to the VIERA Cast home screen, Network Services screen, or HOME screen.
    • When the Netflix app is selected, "Unable to Connect to Netflix. Please Try Again Later" is displayed
    • Netflix can be accessed, but when a title is selected, "Unable to Play This Title Right Now. Please Try Again Later" is displayed.
    • Netflix can be accessed, a title can be selected, but during playback the picture blanks out, buffers, or freezes frequently.

    Additional Information:
    • Network applications on Panasonic products are only accessible on networks with high speed internet access.

    Suggested Solution:
    • Power the Netflix ready device on and allow at least 90 seconds for it to connect to the network before performing a Connection Test.
    • Once the Connection Test has passed, attempt to open the Netflix application. If the Netflix application fails to open, manually change the Primary DNS settings to 8.8.8.8 and the Secondary DNS to 8.8.4.4. If there is only one DNS setting available, change it to 8.8.8.8 (click here for a TV network troubleshooting tutorial.)
    • Once the DNS has been changed, perform another Connection Test.
    • Once the Connection Test has passed, attempt to open the Netflix application.
    • If none of your applications can be accessed, unplug the power cord of your modem or router for at least 10 seconds.This will reboot your modem or router.
    • If the Netflix application still fails to open, try another network application. If other applications function properly but Netflix does not click here for Netflix Help Center or call Netflix customer support at 1-866-716-0414.



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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • Where can I buy parts and accessories for my Panasonic television?
    Television Parts and Accessories may be located by clicking here for the Shop Panasonic site TV Accesories or clicking here for the Encompass site.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • The power light on the TV is on steady, but I do not have a picture, sound or both?
    This could be caused by a few factors:

    First check to ensure your TV is selected to the correct input (Source). If you are watching cable or satellite, following the cable from that device to the back of your TV.
    If it is connected to antenna, HDMI 1/2/3, component or video you must also have the TV input select to match that connection. On the remote push the input button to check what source is selected on your TV.
    Very important, you must ensure your cable box or satellite unit is turned on.
    On some cable and satellite boxes, you may get audio with no picture if the box is turned off. If this does not resolve your issue, you may require service.
    Click here for Panasonic Service Locator.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • How do I label my TV inputs?
    If you wish to label your television inputs such as TV, Cable, DVD, Satellite, etc please consult your operating instructions for exact mapping. Generally, these setting are located in the menu, under submenu “Setup”. Most TVs come with a preprogrammed list of options that can be selected.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • Some of my TV inputs or the Label are greyed out or missing, how do I activate them?
    If you are missing a input selection or it is greyed out, most likely it has been selected to “Not Used” in the Menu, under the submenu “Setup” under “ Edit Labels. Consult your operating instructions for the exact mapping for your television.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • How can I tell if my Plasma TV is able to connect to the internet or is a smart TV?
    Many of our Plasma TVs are equipped with the ability to access internet apps. A quick way to check to see if your television has internet capability is to check the menu and look for a submenu label “Network” If you do not have this menu selection, unfortunately your model is not a smart TV.


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    Click here to visit the Panasonic Community to search for specific FAQs or tutorials for your product or ask questions directly to Panasonic or other customers.
  • Who should I contact if I smell a burning smell or see sparking around my TV?
    Unplug your TV and do not use. Please email Panasonic at: consumerproducts23@us.panasonic.com.


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