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42" VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV

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TH-42PZ85U
Features

42" Class (41.6" Diagonal) Widescreen VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV with Increased Native Contrast Ratio, PC Input, New Anti-Reflective Filter, Deep Color Technology, Game Mode, Built-In SD Card Slot, 3 HDMI Inputs and VIERA Link® HDAVI Control

Features

With stunning picture quality, outstanding service and satisfaction, and effortless connectivity, Panasonic HDTVs represent a dramatic breakthrough in owning and enjoying high-definition entertainment.

Enjoy Deep Black Levels with Outstanding Contrast
The 1,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio creates deep, robust blacks and faithfully reproduces scenes with a delicate balance of light and shadow.

Watch Fast-Moving Scenes with Clear, Vivid Resolution
The 480hz Sub-Field Drive self-illuminating plasma display features high moving picture resolution, so you enjoy smooth, clear motion in sporting events and action movies.

Network Your AV Devices, Quickly and Easily
With VIERA Link 153;, you can control your compatible Panasonic DVD recorder, Blu-ray Disc 174; player, home theater sound system and HD camcorder all with a single remote. HDMI cables make set-up quick and easy; VIERA Link even automatically sets your DVD recorder via an Auto Preset Download function.

Share HD Videos on the Big Screen
The built-in SD memory card slot allows you to instantly display your digital photos, either in random order or as a slide show.

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    • Screen Size
    • Display Resolution
    • Contrast Ratio
    • Display Capability
    • Aspect Ratio
    • Native Resolution (Number of Pixels)
    • Pixel Pitch (H x V)
    • Moving Picture Resolution
    • Shades of Gradation
    • Aspect Control
    • Panel
    • Screen Coating (Filter)
    • Progressive Scan
    • 480Hz Sub-field Drive
    • 24p Cinematic Playback
    • 24p Playback(2:3)
    • Digital Cinema Color
    • Deep Color
    • x.v.Color
    • Studio Ref Mode
    • Pro Setting
    • THX Mode
    • Video Noise Reduction
    • Motion Adaptive 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
    • 3D Color Management
    • Sub Pixel Control
    • Motion Pattern Noise Reduction
    • Digital Cinema Reality
    • AUDIO
    • Speakers
    • Number of Speakers
    • Audio Output
    • BBE® VIVA HD3D Sound
    • Surround Sound
    • INPUTS & JACKS
    • Integrated ATSC Tuner
    • SD Memory Card Slot (SDHC Compatible)
    • HDMI Input
    • Analog Audio Input (for HDMI)
    • Composite Video Input
    • S-Video Input
    • Audio Input (for Video)
    • PC Input
    • Audio Input (for PC)
    • Component Video Inputs (Y, PB, PR)
    • Audio Input (for Component Video)
    • RS232C
    • Composite Video Output
    • Analog Audio Output
    • Digital Audio Output
    • Headphone Jack
    • CONVENIENCE
    • VIERA Link
    • VIERA Cast™ (IPTV)
    • Game Mode
    • Pixel Orbiter (Anti-Image Retention)
    • Menu Languages
    • V-Chip Program Lockout
    • Built-In Closed Caption Decoder
    • Timers
    • Video Input Label
    • Video Picture Memory
    • GENERAL
    • Power Supply
    • Rated Power Consumption
    • Receiving System
    • Operating Temperature
    • Safety Standard
    • Swivel Angle
    • Optional Floor Stand
    • Optional Wall-mounting Bracket
    • SPECIFICATIONS
    • Dimensions (H x W x D) with Stand
    • Weight (lbs.) w/Stand
    • Carton Dimensions
    • Dimensions (H x W x D)
    • Weight
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Reviews

TH-42PZ85U is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 11.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from too much money to pay for the product like this . we made mistake to buy the panasonic viera , having problem with it for few times , stand by light blink 10 times then disappear and then appears, it had been hapend in past but it sort itself out automatically, this time i ma without tele, and very much frustrated as the T.v is the only source i enjoy it. Very much disappointed and if panasonic manufacturer are reading this , they should contact me as a courtesy to resolve this problem for me.
Date published: 2016-10-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repeated problem, won't turn on Am disappointed with this expensive TV. While normally the TV operates great and has a good picture quality, but once in a while it won't power up, the power is at the TV but the Power Supply LED light blinks 2 times repeatedly, indicating that 15V SOS board is bad. This happens about 2-3 times per year, luckily after 2-3 days, it will turn back on. Am patiently waiting now. Panasonic knows about this problem; I did a Google search, there are many identical complaints about it
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plasma exceeds LCD anyday I am a loyal Panasonic customer. Had a 29" Panasonic PanaBlack Panaturbo before this. Did about 2 months of research on the pros and cons of Plasma vs LCD. Opened the box in December '08 and it was the best Christmas present I could have gotten. Immediately blown away by the clarity of the picture and I have not hooked up a blu-ray player as yet. Ironman, Transformers and Batman DVD's were just amazing on this set. Will be picking up the Blu-ray player within a month. The more friends and family I visit who also have HD TV's the more convinced I am about the unbelievable quality of this set. Viewing angles are tremendous have my Wii hooked up to the set and anyone can follow Rockband's notes no matter where they are in the TV Room. Digital cable looks amazing on this set and the clarity is out of this world. Have not had a problem with sunlight affecting the view but then again my blinds are usually drawn. Heat generated from the screen of the set takes some getting used to, but the fans more than ensure it does not affect the operation of the unit. Have had this set on for 18hours continuous without a problem. Only wished the remote was as comprehensive as the PanaTurbo's. That remote was truly a universal remote with controls for at least 7 devices while the PZ85U can only operate 4 devices. Strange the receiver was not included on the list of critical devices as you would not purchase a TV of this caliber to use the on-board speakers for anything other than watching the news. Devices hooked up to the PZ85U are a Panasonic DVD/CD 5 disc changer F-65, a Panasonic AV Receiver SA HT-280 and a Wii. Will give a follow-up review once the Blu-rayis hooked up.
Date published: 2009-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great TV The amount of inputs available are amazing. I have my PS3 and XBOX elite on HDMI. I also have my Wii and my laptop plugged in. So far the TV has been with us for a year. HD channels coming in great. I really need to upgrade to a full HD service. Cons: I don't have any yet. Hopefully, it doesn't die tomorrow.
Date published: 2009-01-09
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Date published: 2008-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best TV Purchase Ever Best quality TV I have ever purchased. I've bought two prior plasma sets and two prior LCD sets from various manufacturers and the Pansonic TH-42PZ85U is the best purchase I've made on a TV so far. The picture quality is on par or better than some of the top-of-the-line LCD and Plasma models from competitor's sets. Fast motion images looks incredible and Panasonic just knows how to make a plasma panel the way the should be made. The colors are almost spot on perfect, the contrast ratio is amazing, and the blacks on this set are almost "ink-like". The remote is the easiest remote I've ever used that's come with any set I've purchased and the options that Panasonic have included with this set are plentiful. The entire package is near perfection and the price for this unit are not only affordable, but downright worth every penny. Now if only I could get one of those new PZ850U models.
Date published: 2008-11-19
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Date published: 2008-11-16
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Date published: 2008-11-09
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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.


    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.
  • 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.



    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.
  • 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.


    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.
  • 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.


    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.
  • 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.


    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.
  • 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.


    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.
  • 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.


    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.
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