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Panasonic TX-L42DT50B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D LED TV with Freeview HD, Freesat HD and Smart VIERA (New for 2012)


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  • VIERA Full HD 3D - TV will deliver clear 3D images when playing back 3D programmes
  • Freeview HD - Watch Free to Air HD TV programmes without a set top box
  • VIERA Connect - Access Panasonics cloud Internet service for video on demand and other internet applications
  • Wi-Fi Built In - TV will connect wirelessly to the Internet via a router
  • Full HD LED - IPS Panel provides superb contrast, high brightness in a super slim design
  • Internet browser - allows viewer to browse the internet via the TV from their armchair
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Important Information

Energy efficiency class
A+

On-mode power consumption
116 Watts

Energy consumption
78 Kilowatt Hours per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm

Product details

Size Name: 42-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 95.8 x 2.7 x 56.9 cm ; 11 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 19 Kg
  • Item model number: TX-L42DT50B
  • ASIN: B007O6FRH4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 23 Mar 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,782 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Size Name: 42-inch

Product Description

DT50 series combines stunning picture performance with a refined slim bezel metal frame and crystal-like transparent lower edge
Slim bezel metal frame and crystal-like transparent lower edge

Available in three screen size models, 55", 47" and 42", the highly featured DT50 series combines stunning picture performance with a refined slim bezel metal frame and crystal-like transparent lower edge.

Smart Viera from Panasonic in 2012 is about redefining the way we use TV in a modern age. Up to now TVs have been all one-way devices. The new generation of TVs are not just for viewing content provided by the major broadcasters at a time which suits their broadcast schedules. Smart Viera allows you to interact with the TV and access a wide selection of digital content at a time that suits you. Content that is provided by the Internet such as catch-up TV or movies on demand. Content that is stored on your computer or other storage devices in your home, like external Hard Disc Drives or memory stick/card. What about sharing content that friends bring to your home, such as pictures, music or videos? No problem with the new Viera App for tablet or smart phone devices.

Introducing Swipe & Share. Using your home Wi-Fi network and an Android or Apple smart phone, simply swipe treasured pictures or video content* to your Smart Viera. Share the moment on your large screen in great picture quality. With a swipe of your hand, you can also throw web pages from your smart device to the TV. Thanks to the built-in web browser, internet pages that you are browsing on your smart phone can be displayed on the TV for everyone to see.

*Compatible file formats only.

Smart Viera allows you to communicate through your TV by joining conversations on Social Network sites or making free video calls to friends and family around the world on Skype*. Want to talk to friends but don’t want to miss the best TV moments or sporting action? No problem, with our unique Watch & Chat feature, you can make that Skype call and watch TV at the same time.

*Skype calls require purchase of optional Skype camera.

However you choose to enjoy this new world of entertainment, Panasonic build all their TVs around the following five pillars of form and functionality.

Picture Quality

Viera IPS LED LCD Panel with WIDE VIEWING ANGLE
Wide angle viewing performance is also improved in the DT50 models as Panasonic use a technology called IPS (In-Plane Switching) that aligns the open crystals horizontally and parallel to the screen
Wider viewing angles mean less loss of picture performance when viewed off-centre of the screen

Traditional LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) TVs have now come of age with the introduction of new LED (Light Emitting Diode) backlight technology. LCD flat panel TVs using traditional fluorescent tubes as a rear light source, suffered from poor black level performance and smeared or blurry pictures when showing fast moving scenes. Now, with ultra-slim LEDs providing the back light source to the LCD panel, high contrast, vivid images are delivered with ultra-smooth motion and black levels that can rival the best Plasma technology.

Wide angle viewing performance is also improved in the DT50 models as Panasonic use a technology called IPS (In-Plane Switching) that aligns the open crystals horizontally and parallel to the screen, thus providing wider viewing angles with less loss of picture performance when viewed off-centre of the screen.

High Speed Scanning and Frame Rate
1600Hz Back Light Scanning (BLS)
1600Hz Back Light Scanning (BLS)

Smooth motion, clarity and detail are essential for maximum enjoyment when watching TV. Panasonic utilise the latest 200Hz panel drive for the DT50 series ensuring that movement on screen is delivered with 4 times the number of frames that make up a normal TV picture. This means that our eyes perceive the movement of a subject across the screen as natural and smooth. In addition, to maintain the detail and clarity of each frame, the LED backlight has 8 zones that can rapidly be switched on or off and phased to correspond with the scanning of each new image. We call this 1600Hz Back Light Scanning (BLS).

Web Smoother
Conventional vs Web Smoother
Conventional vs Web Smoother

Videos created for viewing on the internet are often not made to the same standard as videos or films made for TV broadcasting. The web conversion process can cause unnatural motion or blur. The Viera web smoother technology reprocesses the video content creating a smoother and sharper image to watch.

ISFccc Calibration Tools

Ultimately a television should faithfully reproduce the original source material. Hollywood and TV producers spend many hours crafting their movies and programmes to create a look that enthrals and engages the viewer. All productions are created on equipment that is calibrated to the same set of industry standards. The only way to enjoy these productions at home, in the same way that the director originally intended, is to make sure the TV is calibrated to the same industry specification. Panasonic have installed calibration tools specified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) that allows a professional Calibrator to personally set up your TV in your home viewing environment. The calibration software within the TV allows the professional to access all parameters of the video image to a Certified Calibration Configuration (ccc). This provides images that are gentle to the eyes, natural looking and faithful to source signals.

ISF and IMAGING SCIENCE FOUNDATION are Trade Marks owned by Imaging Science Foundation, Inc.

Full HD 3D Picture Performance

For the majority of the time you will be enjoying stunning 2D picture quality from your DT50 TV which is made all the better if the source is High Definition, such as Freeview HD, Freesat HD or Blu-ray Disc. These HD video signals are made up of picture frames containing 1920 x 1080 pixels (about 5 times more pixels than standard definition), what the industry calls “Full HD".

Switching to a Full HD 3D source such as 3D Blu-ray adds a whole new level of enjoyment that should be engaging and immersive. You would not want the amazing quality of Full HD to be compromised just because you want to watch in 3D, would you?

The DT50 series all offer Full HD 3D picture quality by the use of ‘Frame Sequential Active 3D’. Frame sequential 3D is the only way to deliver 1920 x 1080 images to each eye ensuring that High Definition 3D quality is guaranteed.

2D to 3D Conversion
2D to 3D Conversion
TV programmes, Blu-ray software, and photos and videos converted to amazing 3D

If you get hooked on 3D but can’t find enough 3D content to satisfy your urge, don’t worry. You can convert 2D images in to natural looking 3D. Achieve natural and beautiful 3D images with this advanced conversion technology. In addition to 2D TV broadcasts, it is also possible to enjoy recorded TV programmes, Blu-ray software, and memorable photos and videos recorded onto SD Memory Cards, all converted to amazing 3D.

Networking

Viera Connect
Viera Connect provides fast connection to a wide selection of services including Catch-up TV, News & Lifestyle, Weather, Sports, Music and Gaming to name a few
VIERA Connect gives you easy access to selected online content

As the multimedia powerhouse of your home, VIERA Connect gives you easy access to selected online content. Utilising the latest “Cloud technology", dozens of internet applications are available for you to access without the need of a PC. The Viera Connect Apps are automatically downloaded to your connected TV, all you have to do is take a look in the Viera Market section of Connect and install the ones that you fancy. The apps are even updated automatically in the background without you having to wait for the update to install.

The DT50 series include built-in Wi-Fi technology or an Ethernet connection allowing easy link up to a Broadband router. Viera Connect provides fast connection to a wide selection of services including Catch-up TV, News & Lifestyle, Weather, Sports, Music and Gaming to name a few.

Internet Browser

If your favourite website is not included in the Viera Connect Apps list, no problem, the DT50 includes a full web browser. Using the internet address box, just type in the web address you are looking for or select a search engine if you are not sure what the web address is.

Skype and Social Networking TV

You no longer need to be tied to your computer or phone to communicate with friends and family.

A compatible Skype camera can be purchased that plugs in to one of the USB sockets on the TV. Once connected, just set up a Skype account and select the Skype application from Viera Connect. Not only Skype, but Facebook and Twitter accounts can also be accessed through Connect. You can even carry on a conversation while continuing to watch TV.

Access Media and Other Devices Around Your Home
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA capability, the DT50 can ‘communicate’ with other devices around the home
The DT50 can ‘communicate’ with other devices around the home

Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi and DLNA capability, the DT50 can ‘communicate’ with other devices around the home. Many modern products including PCs, Blu-ray Players and Digital Video Recorders now offer “Home Sharing" of content such as photos, video and music. Many file formats stored on these “Server" devices can be streamed to the TV provided that the device is connected to your home network. The DT50 also supports streaming of these files to another device, when they are stored on an external Hard Disc Drive, SD card or USB memory stick and plugged in to the TV – and it even lets you stream content to and from your compatible smartphone or tablet.

SD Card and USB Media Player

Whether it’s digital still pictures or video taken on a digital camera or camcorder saved on an SD card, or photos, video’s or music files saved from a computer on to a USB stick, chances are they can be viewed on the Viera TV. It’s a great way to enjoy family photos and videos – just like a giant digital photo frame.

Easy Operation

Panasonic have stood for many years on its reputation of reliability and ease of use. The new generation of Smart VIERA uphold this tradition. The VIERA Remote App 2.0 lets you conveniently use your smartphone or tablet as a touch-screen remote. Download the free app from the Apple or Android store and experience amazing control from your smart device.

The Smart VIERA menu intuitively navigates you through your multimedia, letting you comfortably choose from many digital sources. However, even in this age, the primary use of a TV is to easily access TV programmes from our main UK broadcasters.

Freeview HD and Freesat HD Tuners Built In

Access to High Definition TV programmes is now available to almost all households in the UK. The DT50 gives you the choice of how you wish to receive HD in your home. Freeview provide the TV signals directly through your rooftop aerial*. Whereas Freesat offer an alternative route via a satellite dish** for homes that are in a difficult reception area. Whichever service you choose, the DT50 provides a 7-day Electronic Programme Guide that allows you to surf all of the channels on offer. High Definition content brings your HD TV to life, so Panasonic make sure you get to take full advantage.

*Freeview services coverage check is recommended.

**Permission may be required for erection of satellite dish. A one-off installation charge may be required.

Viera Link
When you connect a Panasonic Blu-ray Player, Recorder, Home Cinema System, Camcorder or Digital Camera via HDMI cable to the TV, a communication is made that lets you control all these devices from the TV remote
With Viera Link, multiple products can be controlled from just one remote control

Numerous remote controls can be the bane of our lives, but with Viera Link, multiple products can be controlled from just one. When you connect a Panasonic Blu-ray Player, Recorder, Home Cinema System, Camcorder or Digital Camera via HDMI cable to the TV, a communication is made that lets you control all these devices from the TV remote.

Voice Guidance

New for 2012 Viera TV and exclusive to UK and Irish models, Panasonic have included ‘Text to Speech’ conversion software that, when activated, verbally reads out on screen text such as menu options and even the TV programme guide. This feature is very useful for the partially sighted or viewers that have difficulty reading the text on screen.

Bluetooth Active 3D Glasses* Standardisation

New for 2012, using Full HD 3D Televisions just got easier. Panasonic have introduced Bluetooth signalling between their active 3D glasses and active 3D TVs. Previous 3D TVs used Infra-red signalling which had the dis advantage that the signal to the glasses could be interrupted by someone moving in front of the TV. With Bluetooth technology this does not happen, the 3D switching signal is continually maintained from TV to glasses and back again as long as the wearer is within the Bluetooth range. Also, the TV and the Panasonic TY-ER3D4 glasses comply with the new Full HD 3D glasses standard, which means other brands of compliant glasses, can also be used. Now friends or family with 3D TVs that also comply with the new standard, can bring their glasses to you or you can take your glasses around to them to watch great Full HD 3D content together.

*Bluetooth glasses not supplied as standard with DT50 series.

Design

The design of VIERA TVs features a graceful combination: high quality materials and robust manufacturing. The DT50 series incorporates a narrow metal frame and an ultrathin stand, both featuring a smooth hairline finish, creating a simple and elegant effect. All models are stylish and timelessly elegant – while the select materials and excellent craftsmanship exude uncompromising VIERA quality.

Eco

VIERA TVs feature numerous energy-saving functions which lower your energy consumption. The latest Panasonic IPS LED technology features industry leading energy efficiency, boasting high brightness with low power consumption (A+ energy label rating on almost all models*). Panasonic Viera also strives for extremely long life span to ensure less waste and easier recycling.

*Check rating on individual models.

Energy efficiency class:

A+

On-mode power consumption:

116 Watts

Energy consumption:

78 kWh per year, based on the power consumption of the television operating 4 hours per day for 365 days. The actual energy consumption will depend on how the television is used.

Visible screen diagonal:

42 " / 106.68 cm

Box Contains

  • Television
  • Remote commander
  • Pedestal stand
  • Mains lead
  • Batteries
  • Clamper
  • Scart adaptor
  • Component video adaptor
  • Pedestal screws
  • Instruction manual

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    64 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Clive Davies on 3 May 2012
    Size Name: 42-inch
    Before buying things like TVs, I normally read as many reviews as possible to find out which ones are highly rated etc.. This time I didn't. I went into a large TV shop and just looked at the screens. The Panasonic TX-L42DT50B just blew me away. Less than 3cm thick, it has an extremely narrow bezel and a superb picture. After checking that it had all the connections that I need (it has a terrestrial and a satellite receiver), I went ahead and bought it. Only afterwards did I read the reviews about this TV and, with the exception of one review on this website, all the `professional' reviewers rated it `five stars'. And they are all correct. I also have a one year old 46" Samsung UE46C8000 which is very highly rated, but this TV is better. I undertand that this is Panasonics' first LED TV, as opposed to Plasma. Boy, are they going to give the others a run for their money.
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    18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Chris, Leicestershire on 15 Sep 2012
    Size Name: 47-inch
    I have recently purchased this TV (not from Amazon because I wanted the manufacturers 5 yr warranty), and felt I need to redress the balance on the reviews to date. This TV is stunning to look at whether it's on or off. In my opinon the picture quality is good in SD, stunning in HD and awesone in 3D. The built in internet functionality is also great for the I-Player and You-Tube videos. Unforunately you can't use 4OD or the ITV Player, but I thinks this is more of a restriction on the appps than the TV.
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    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on 27 Dec 2012
    Size Name: 42-inch
    I didn't get this TV from Amazon it was an impulse buy from a high street store, I have had it for almost a month now.

    First off the picture quality in 2D is great there is a minor amount of bleed from the edges if you watch in low light levels but to be honest if you want to watch TV in low light I would say plasma is the only way to go at the moment. The only thing i watched in 3D is the Queens speech which I thought looked good but until I get a 3D blue ray player or BBC transmit some sport in 3D, 6 Nations would be nice:) I can't comment further.

    Standard Def freeview pictures aren't great but when looking at other LED sets I couldn't find a single one that does great Standard Def so I am more inclined to blame the broadcasters than the TV especially when Film4 looks good while E4 is usually a little rough round the edges.

    I was getting bad motion blur/Ghosting regardless of the content I was watching but after playing with the settings it appears to be caused by the Intelligent Frame Creation which by default was on auto, switching this setting to off or Min removed the issue in all but the rarest of cases.

    The App store is pretty bare there is only iPlayer from the big 4 terrestrial broadcasters, however the Netflix app is first rate. I would like to see Lovefilm as an option and maybe NOWTV in the future but based on my experience with Panasonic adding to previous online stores I won't hold my breath.

    Speakers are not terrible but they do lack depth but I figure most people spending this kind of cash on a TV will either connect to an AMP or buy a sound bar with it. On that note it only has digital output no Analogue so you will need a converter if like me you have an analogue AMP. I bought a cheap one that does the job but when I open up Netflix I do have to keep telling it to use the digital out.
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    8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John P. Oreilly on 15 Nov 2012
    Size Name: 42-inch
    I bought this TV and don't get me wrong it is a fantastic TV but I do want others to know its not perfect!!
    The internet can be jumpy and the movie streaming from my PC sometimes just cuts out for no reason so I have totally stopped using that and just play from my PS3.
    The picture is totally amazing but if you have a white background you tend to get some motion blur surrounding peoples figures and fast moving objects.
    I am whoever really enjoying this tv and the picture quality in 3D is totally outrageous.
    Its just not perfect and another thing: I applied and got my 2 pairs of free 3D Glasses but they are battery glasses and don't recharge which means you need to keep buying cell batteries for them?? so ill probably end up using them as spares and buying another 2 that I can recharge.
    Viera App: This app requires a lot of work and sometimes cannot connect to the TV, seems to have serious bugs to be sorted out.
    I am probably being a tad harsh on this TV as it looks amazing and the picture quality (apart from blur now and again) is great but in my book it still only gets 3 STAR rating as it cost £995!!! EXPENSIVE!
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    6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Banks on 14 Feb 2013
    Size Name: 42-inch
    I was pleasantly surprised with this TV. It was very simple and quick to set up. So far I only use Freeview HD but it has Freesat HD as well. I wired it into my broadband internet as the hub is only two feet away, although the TV has WiFi. I use a Panasonic Diga Freeview PVR which is I also wired in, along with a Virgin Media V+ HD box, all using HDMI connections. My old DVD player is connected with a Scart RGB lead. Audio is via my home cinema setup. I bought a 500Gb Seagate HDD for programme recording.

    Likes: Picture quality using the Cinema profile is excellent, and really shows up the best programme production, great contrast. The general setting is not to my taste but others will like it. Upscaling from PVR or DVD is good and adds to the picture, but it will never equal a native 1080 HD source, however the quality is fine. Recording to the 500Gb HDD works well, but you don't get the range of features on a PVR but audio and picture are the same quality as the original programme, so a neat and easy to use feature. Internet access is superb over my 60Mbs Virign broadband. I watched an hour show from BBC iPlayer with only the odd picture flicker (and I am being picky here) and this may have a lot to do with using a wired connection not WiFi. Access to You Tube is also terrific (but note the material on You Tube varies in quality hugely) although searching is fiddly using the remote to input text. The big unexpected plus is that I can see and play back all the music, video and still photo material on my PC on the TV and the quality is great, and it took almost no setup. Brilliant. The icing on the cake is that I have a DLNA app on my Nokia mobile phone and within a minute I had pictures from my phone streaming to the TV - again brilliant and easy to do.
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