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50" VIERA Plasma 1080p HDTV

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TH-50PZ85U
Features

50" Class (49.9 " 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.

SpecificationsExpand All

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    • Model Type
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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
    • UPC
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Reviews

TH-50PZ85U is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good Purchase This Tv is just great...from shipping to delivery and I have purchased 2 others(smaller) for my other rooms! No delivery problems at all plus the cartons were all in perfect shape. Color is great,easy to operate... I will be shopping for another smaller one for my kitchen! Thanks Panasonic for such a great product...
Date published: 2009-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from trading in for upgrade went from 34" hd to 50" plasma, nice picture but coloring leaves much to be desired. Was recommended to have tv calibrated. Why spend the money. New 600hz factory calibrated to THX standards. Would highly recommend to go to the g10 series
Date published: 2009-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great color, Great Service - BUT With the exception of the HD flesh tone color banding on bright lit stages, news anchors, Opra, etc., This TV Rocks for the price. The superbowl was awsome. Granted sports games subjects use primary colors but HD on this 50" is much better than the LCDs in the same size and price range.
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal TV!! My wife bought the Panasonic TH-50PZ85U for me as a birthday present back in April. The picture on this set, especially with my PS3 Blu ray player is truly breath-taking. I still get comments from other people with slightly older projection HDTV sets commenting on how amazing the picture is. As an avid Consumer Reports reader foir over a decade, I knew this set was excellent from reviews and I hav edefinitely not been disappointed. Way to go Panasonic!!
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Far exceeded Expectation I looked at HDTV's for a long time before picking the 50PZ85U and have to say I could not be happier with this TV. The anti-glare screen coating works very well, something I have been worried about with a Plasma screen. Out of the box the TV has a great picture but with a calibration Blu-Ray disc and a little time the picture is stunning! Not only does it have comprehensive picture controls but the lack inter-action between the controls is the best I have even seen. The 4 picture "pre-sets" allow you to optimize the picture for whatever conditions or picture style you want, I used it to optimizer to high/low abient lights and 1080p or 480i source material, so no matter what I am watching or when I get a great picture. The sound could be a little better but by turning on the bass boost and setting the bass and treble to 65% the internal speakers jumped right up to sounding about a good as you can expect from internal speakers. Overall number of connections was just right for me, as for the physical looks, it is an impressive looking set. The only ding I would give it is that it loses the date and time when the power is disconnected, it keeps all other settings and not that I unplug it a lot, I noticed this when I moved the power from a regular plug to a power conditioner/protection system. They are easy enough to set again, it pwoers on asknig for it, but no idea why they did not protect that information. There is no doubt there is a lot of value for the dollar in this HDTV and I would easily recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2009-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great picture I have had the TV for over a month now. Great quality and very easy to use. I wanted a 1080P TV to use my PS3 Blue Ray player and the picture is simply amazing. Anyone looking at quality and action handling, there isn't a LCD that compares to the value of this unit. I would recommend to a friend.
Date published: 2009-01-04
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Date published: 2008-12-16
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Date published: 2008-11-23
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Support

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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.



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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.


    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.


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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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