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50" VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV

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TH-50PZ80U
Features

50" Class (49.9 " Diagonal) Widescreen VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV with 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 effortless connectivity, Panasonic makes HDTV ownership a truly entertaining and satisfying experience.

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)
    • 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
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Reviews

TH-50PZ80U is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A pleasant surprise I had no intention on buying a plasma tv, but was given a great price on a demo. Actually, a salesperson convinced me, for I had planned on purchasing another lcd tv bigger than the 46" i already have. preferably a 52" model. I bought it on 5/11/09, only 2 weeks ago. So far so good. Lastly, with the tv being a display model, was set in demo mode. So I had to reset treble, bass etc. settings whenever I turned on the tv. I called customer service, they helped me take it out of that mode. I'll check back in 3 months with an update.
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from never again I bought this t.v. 2/11/09 which was about two months ago now.At first i was very happy with the purchase the price was good and the picture and ease of use was also great but now as i go into my second month of owning this t.v. i turn it on one morning to find a black line running down the center and come to find out the whole plasma panel has to be replaced just after two months use.Needless to say i'm not very happy with this product since i invested so much money to own it ,i expected at the very least six or seven years before i had to do any kind of repairs not just two months.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy The color saturation, clarity and brightness are excellent. I have had it for about 6 months now and I feel it was worth every penny. I did a lot of research before buying and for the price nothing could touch it. I use it for a wide variety of viewing, but mostly Xbox gaming. Halo 3, Gears, etc in HDMI 1080P looks freakin’ awesome!
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Amazing Panasonic Product I purchased this TV as well as an SC-BT100 Blu-ray disk player/home theater system... and both are fantastic. This TV in particular is absolutely stunning when viewing a 1080p signal (Tested using the above mentioned BD player and 007 Casino Royal). Absolutely no dead pixels, no locked pixels, no imperfections (except my darn finger prints from setting it up...)... a PERFECT Television. Easiest television I've ever set up. Overall, I give it 25/25 Stars. I want one for every room in the house!
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Viera is the One I looked around and researched till my eyes hurt. I initially didn't want to spend too much on a new TV. I bought an 40" LCD at first. I was afraid of burn-in so I skipped the plasmas - even though I really wanted one. I got home and hated the motion blur on football and movies. I saw a sale for a 46" LCD of the same brand. I went and looked at it. I was gonna live with the blurring to get a bigger TV (it was only $40 more on sale). I talked to a guy that said he had a Panasonic Viera, and had accidentally left a static image on the TV for 3 days. He said the white bar on the TV's anti-retention section totally wiped out the slight image retention. He was an employee and showed me the anti-retention features at the store. I had been told at other stores that the Viera was the way to go for plasmas. But they were expensive. I decided to pay the extra money for the 50" Viera. I have been nothing more than elated. The picture is amazing, the Viera Concierge 24/7 toll-free help line is as good as it gets, and YEAH - no motion blur! One thing, cable broadcasts can put out weak signals that can mimic motion-blur. It's not the TV. I though it was at first, got a little irritated, then realized it's the signal. Somebody told me plasmas don't get very bright. That's not true. This TV will get as bright as you want, and has great contrast too. Buy this TV!!!
Date published: 2009-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best HDTV for the Price Did lots of research and found this unit for a great price on Black Friday.I've been extremely pleased with the color, perormance and ease of use. Highly recommended, even when compared with units costing twice as much. Love it so much, want others to know about it. Remote is a bit chintzy, but got a Logitech Harmony 880 to replace.
Date published: 2008-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word Beautiful!
Date published: 2008-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!!!!! I've been waiting a long time to buy big screen. WOW, I did lots of research on plasmas and for the money this one beats them all. The total selling point for me was the anti-image retention. Check this out, I don't think any other TV makers have it. That white bar zips across the screen and Bam!!!! That little ghost edge burn-in from watching a less then full screen show is gone. Thanks Panasonic, you picked up a new old fan of your great new products.
Date published: 2008-10-18
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Support

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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