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LG 50PK590 50-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Plasma Internet TV with Freeview HD

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  • 50 inch HD Ready Plasma TV with built in Freeview
  • YouTube Picasa and Accuweather from LG Netcast
  • 600Hz Plasma Technology
  • Wi-Fi and DLNA
  • 4 HDMI Inputs
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Important Information

On-mode power consumption
190 Watts

Visible screen diagonal
50" / 127 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 117.1 x 72.8 x 5.5 cm ; 31 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 37 Kg
  • Item model number: 50PK590
  • ASIN: B003FMSIW2
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 April 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,948 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

LG 50PK590 50-inch HD 1080p Plasma TV with Freeview HD (600Hz - 3 x HDMI USB Connectivity)
LG 50PK590 50-inch HD 1080p Plasma TV with Freeview HD (600Hz - 3 x HDMI Connectivity)

Set your HD Free with Cinematic
The LG PK590 Plasma TV series provides superb picture quality with a stunning razor frame design. Convert your living room to a sports stadium or cinema with this large experience perfect for watching sport and movies in crystal clear picture quality. The PK5 series is not only Full HD 1080p with LG 600Hz technology but also gives you access to watch your downloaded High Definition films via the USB connectivity. Add freeview HD built in for 5 times picture quality improvement over standard definition freeview and the PK5 Series will always keep you entertained at home.

LG Netcast
LG Netcast is a number of web related services which includes YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather.

LG's 600Hz Plasma technology provides zero motion blur and the ultimate razor sharp response time perfect for watching high speed sports and movies.

USB Input
Connect your digital camera, M-P-3 player or flash memory using the U-S-B port to show off your latest holiday snaps, music collection or High Definition DivX movies for a true multimedia experience.

Wi-Fi and DLNA
DLNA allows any DLNA device connected to your broadband router to stream the contents such as videos, music and pictures via the LG Blu-ray player to the TV. With Wi-Fi, the LB Blu-ray player can be connected to the broadband router without wires.

Freeview HD
Get Ready to watch High Definition TV for free with built in freeview HD bringing you the best of BBC, ITV and C4 in glorious high definition with no monthly fee or contract. Freeview HD provides up to 5 times the picture quality of standard definition freeview taking you closer to the action. *Check you can get Freeview HD where you live – just visit freeview.co.uk or text your postcode and house number or house name to 80560

HD-Ready 1080p
LG HD Ready 1080p (Full HD) provides 1920 x 1080p picture resolution delivering incredible picture clarity and vibrant colours.  You'll see up to 5 times the picture clarity and detail in comparison to standard definition and double the detail compared to HD Ready 720p. 1080p television is the only way to fully experience the true potential of high definition gaming and blu-ray which takes you even closer to the action.

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92 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wantling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jun. 2010
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I never intended purchasing this tv, but perusing through Currys I saw one on display and the "wow" factor bit me. It replaced my 42" Panasonic - which I thought was brilliant to begin with - after I sold it to fund the purchase of this set.

So, down to the details. The set is incredibly thin at just 55mm but unbeliveably I don't think can be wall mounted - so if this is important to you then investigate more before you buy.The "razor frame" adds to the overall sleekness of the look of the set. It can swivel around 30 degress left or right when the stand has been affixed. There are several different picture modes including vivid, standard, sport and THX Cinema and there is a wealth of connectivity options including four HDMI ports, a USB port for watching from either a flash drive or externally powered external hard drive, wifi connectivity, DLNA compatibilty and a built in DivX player. You can also hard wire the set to your network using the ethernet connection. If there are any youngsters in your household the set even has eight built in (basic) games which can be played using the remote handset.

PICTURE and SOUND....... I've had Sky HD, am currently on Virgin and with the built-in Freeview HD receiver in this set, have seen all the available options in my own home. Freeview HD is easily on a par with both Sky and Virgin, and the only disadvantage it suffers is the current lack of HD channels available. After auto-tuning, the set had just three HD channels to show - BBC, ITV and Channel 4. As Freeview HD is still in its infancy this is hardly a criticism as undoubtedly more HD channels will become readily available as the year goes on. The HD picture on this set is the reason for the aforementioned "wow" factor.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Davies on 19 July 2010
After being pleasantly surprised at how much the price of 50" plasma televisions had dropped since I originally looked I decided that I would finally update my 32" set for the World Cup. I did a lot of research on the internet, reading many reviews of different sets, and also looked through all the local electrical stores to get a better idea of how they actually performed. Ultimately I found that this LG set was of an equal, if not higher, standard than many other makes and models that were far more expensive. It's just a shame that we only stayed in the World Cup for one match after I purchased it.

I have hung the set on the wall (with all connecting wires sunk into the wall) and it looks great. The touch sensitive buttons on the front, the on-screen menus, the style of the set - it all amounts to a very sleek looking television.

I have yet to see anything in high definition on it (as Freeview HD is 2 years away from arriving in this part of the country) but have found the normal definition to be absolutely great. Having chosen this set after previously owning an LCD television the only downside I have found is that the screen is very reflective. I had grown used to being able to watch TV with the lights on or the curtains open and having no reflection at all. The plus side is that I don't have to worry about children's chocolate-covered fingerprints on the screen as they can be simply wiped off with a damp cloth.

My previous television had all inputs accessible from underneath whereas this one has them to the rear. If you're going to wall mount the set you need to bear in mind that the connections won't be accessible once mounted. I set it all up and mounted it on the wall, then had to lift it off to connect a Freeview+ box to the Scart and remount it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By dodge on 14 July 2010
My previous tv was a 42" LCD and was 3 years old. I was very pleased with that set as the colours were good and the picture very clear but the downside was that the edges of moving images would break up. It was a 720 HD ready set and as I was thinking of trying out HD programs I decided to purchase the LG 50PK590. This set is a full 1080 HD giving a much better picture than a 720 HD ready set. Although I subscribe to cable tv and have a HD cable tuner I decided to buy this LG model because it has an inbult HD tuner thus able to receive HD freeview programs without a cable HD tuner. I find that the plasma screen is not as bright as the LCD screen so during the day the picture tends to be a little bit pale as the screen tends to reflex light from windows etc. but its ok when the room is darkened and then the picture is very good and clear. The edges of moving images do not break up as did with the LCD set and when th HD is used the picture is excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Beynon on 2 Mar. 2011
I managed to get this at the all-time Amazon low price (so far) and have not been disappointed, apart from the audio side. The picture is excellent, and the Freeview (SD and HD) are very, very good. The TV has its own RJ45 ethernet port (I would always use this instead of wireless) and on connection, configured itself with DHCP and promptly updated the firmware - all painless. PS3 or XBOX feeds to the TV are simply excellent (although be wary of keeping the TV on the same image for an extended period - there is a little image retention - this fades in time, and is not a permanent problem). I have found Twonky media servers and have watched movies this way. The Netcast options (which grow with every firmware update) now include iPlayer (4OD would be nice, LG), Picasa, other movie channels, YouTube, Facebook etc etc. All in all, a very capable and very impressive TV.

Now the problematic bit. The inbuilt speakers are really rather poor - tinny and rattly.

I wanted to connect the sound from the TV to a Sonos system (feeding high quality amplification) and previously, just picked up phone L/R stereo from the back of the TV. No such sockets! The forums (fora?) suggest using the two way SCART socket - switched to 'OUT' - nothing doing. In fact the only audio out is TosLink optical. I had to buy a cheapish optical digital to analogue converter (DAC) and this worked, but the output was rather attenuated. Hmm. I then splashed out on an expensive (Berseford) DAC, and this had the same problem, even when the gain was at maximum. It's just not delivering the 0dB, 1V out that would be expected.

Much discussion with LG and their repair agents reveal that the Freeview digital sound out is attenuated at the TosLink socket (no explanation, nor can I rationalise this).
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