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Panasonic TX-P42G20B 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz Neo Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (discontinued by manufacturer)


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  • Panasonic VIERA NeoPDP full HD 42-inch plasma TV
  • Freeview HD & Freesat HD built-in, Wi-Fi ready
  • 600Hz sub-field drive intelligent frame creation pro
  • Infinite Black colour spectrum, THX® certified display
  • VIERA CAST and VIERA image viewer (photo and video)
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Important Information

On-mode power consumption
290 Watts

Visible screen diagonal
42" / 107 cm

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 102.9 x 8.2 x 65.4 cm ; 26 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 28 Kg
  • Item model number: TX-P42G20BA
  • ASIN: B0039SLYE6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,696 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

New VIERA NeoPDP Plasma TV

Deep blacks and breathtaking clarity result in a more powerful viewing experience ideal for sports, movies and gaming. And because they also have Freeview HD built in, you’ll be able to catch the best of this summer’s High Definition sporting action subscription free, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory.

Panasonic's VIERA NeoPDP plasma televisions feature breakthrough technology to bring deeper blacks and sharper pictures
Panasonic's VIERA NeoPDP plasma televisions feature breakthrough technology to bring deeper blacks and sharper pictures

NeoPDP - Continuing to Redefine Plasma Technology

Panasonic's VIERA NeoPDP is a breakthrough in plasma technology, featuring a range of innovations that bring every detail of life. The power behind NeoPDP is larger cell surfaces and improved phosphor mixtures of the display panel which ensure bright, true-to-life colours. What’s more, the cell’s pilot light has been minimised to achieve deeper blacks and higher contrast, while new & refined image processors bring out the very best of this ground breaking panel technology.

VIERA incorporates an improved panel production process and the new Real Black Drive system. A pre-discharge control system, the Real Black Drive system achieves next-generation black reproduction. When you're watching movies, VIERA renders images just the way the director intended, even in scenes where it's difficult to achieve a proper balance of light and dark.

Infinite Black

VIERA NeoPDP achieves an outstanding dynamic contrast ratio of over 5,000,000:1 to deliver the deepest black ever. This is especially important to accurately reproduce even subtle differences in the blackness level. Blacks are purer & whites brighter – giving sharper, more lifelike and 3-dimensional pictures.

600Hz Sub-field Drive with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro

To ensure smooth and judder-free pictures, VIERA NeoPDP employs innovative 600Hz Sub-field Drive with Intelligent Frame Creation Pro. This is a Panasonic's unique image-analysis processor that converts the motion in each scene into sub-fields. The sub-fields are then optimised to display fast action scene in Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution with amazingly smooth motion. Each frame is displayed for a shorter length of time than in previous processor - virtually eliminating unsightly smearing & after effects.

Panasonic's innovative image analysis processor gives you amazingly smooth and crisp motion, even in the fastest action scene
Panasonic's innovative image analysis processor gives you amazingly smooth and crisp motion, even in the fastest action scene

THX Certified Display

THX reproduces film images exactly as the film's creators intended them. The overall aim was to improve the experience of cinema-goers and faithfully recreate the audio and visual ambience that filmmakers intended. To receive THX certification, Panasonic's TVs undergo stringent tests to determine whether the exact same brightness and colour are displayed at all screen locations, and whether black levels satisfy standard criteria. VIERA meets the high standards set by the THX Certified Display Program.

The Best of the Internet with VIERA CAST

Enjoy Internet content right on your TV. With VIERA CAST you can enjoy online videos, photos, and more. You can also check sports, news, weather and stock information with an easy-to-use Web interface that's built into the TV. What’s more, VIERA CAST's assorted online content has new additions, including the remarkably popular SkypeTM and Twitter® applications. VIERA CAST not only offers unique web entertainment but also expands your forms of communication.

At the touch of a button, VIERA Cast connects to YouTube™, Eurosport™, Google’s Picasa Web Albums™, Bloomberg TV and weather reports – directly from your VIERA NeoPDP TV.
During the summer of 2010, new contents such as Skype, Acetrax and Twitter will be added to VIERA Cast to further expand your online entertainment on your new VIERA TV.

Get Acetrax movies, Dailymotion videos, and Twitter updates from the internet on your TV with VIERA CAST
Get Acetrax movies, Dailymotion videos, and Twitter updates from the internet on your TV with VIERA CAST

View Photos from your SD Card

It's easy to view full-HD images with the SD card slot. Watch and show your photos and motion images right after you take them. Simply insert an SD Memory Card into VIERA to display photos and full-HD videos on the large screen. An easy-to-see, easy-to-use thumbnail display has also been added. You can also enjoy special background music, slideshow frames and transition effects.

Game Mode

In Game Mode, quicker image response increases the enjoyment of video games when a game console is connected to the TV. What's more, VIERA produces the dark images in video games more clearly. This mode works with the anti-image retention (wobbling) function, too.

VIERA Eco Link

VIERA Link uses the control signals that are transmitted through an HDMI cable for automated functions. Just press the VIERA Link button on the VIERA TV remote to control your entire Panasonic components including Home Cinema Systems, HD camcorder and Lumix digital cameras.
In 2009 the VIERA Link concept has been further developed, providing you even more functions. For example, Eco Link which helps you to save energy by putting all connected Panasonic devices into sleep mode when they are not used.

With VIERA Eco Link, you can connect and control all your Panasonic devices efficiently through your TV, without wasting power

With VIERA Eco Link, you can connect and control all your Panasonic devices efficiently through your TV, without wasting power

Saving Energy with Eco Mode

As people become more aware about environmental concerns, the power consumption of their electronic products presents itself. To improve on the environmental impact of power consumption, Panasonic has introduced an Eco Mode as standard in most of its VIERA TVs. By activating the Eco Mode, a photo sensor measures the ambient light conditions of the room and the picture settings adjust automatically. As a result, the TV uses less power in darkly-lit conditions without any compromise of the picture quality.

Build to Resist – VIERA Tough Panel

Panasonic VIERA Plasma TVs are protected by a front sheet of glass resistant to impacts of up to four joules. This is particularly reassuring for families with small children who may otherwise inadvertently damage the screen when playing.
Also, the growing success of games consoles using motion controllers has led to an increase in TVs being accidentally struck and damaged by controllers which have slipped out of player’s hands. Thanks to VIERA plasma TVs’ Tough Panel you don’t need to worry. And what’s more, the protective panel makes cleaning easier too, simply wipe with a soft cloth when necessary.

Lower Power Consumption

With the NeoPDP panel, Panasonic has radically lowered the energy consumption of their TVs. NeoPDP televisions only need half as much energy as 2007 models to produce the same amount of brightness, doubling their efficiency. This has been made possible by expert engineers who have employed an improved luminous gas, larger cells and newly created electronic packaging. The result is an improvement in picture quality and eco-friendliness in equal measure.

Panasonic VIERA Plasma TVs are protected by a front sheet of glass resistant to accidental impacts

Panasonic VIERA Plasma TVs are protected by a front sheet of glass resistant to accidental impacts

Long-Life Design - up to 100,000 Hours of Viewing Enjoyment

Because a TV should have as little negative impact on the environment as possible, it must function for many years. That is why Panasonic Plasma TVs have been engineered to deliver an excellent viewing experience for up to an amazingly long 100,000 hours. So if you were to watch TV eight hours a day – that would be 30 years!

Panasonic lead-free Plasma TVs

Flat screen TVs that employ conventional technologies may contain a spot of harmful chemicals such as lead or mercury. These chemicals are then set free when the TV is taken to recycling at the end of its lifecycle. Already in 2006 and as the first manufacturer worldwide, Panasonic has completely eliminated the use of lead and mercury in their flat screen TVs.

Box Contains

  • 1 x TV
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • 1 x Pedestal
  • 1 x Mains Lead
  • Operating Instructions
  • Products Registration Leaflet

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 May 2010
    I bought the 42 inch G20 after reading extensive reviews elsewhere and am absolutely thrilled .

    Without boring you to death with all technical comment that is freely available on the net I just thought I would say that this set is superb.

    Freeview SD is stunning. I watched saving private ryan last night and the depth of the picture is amazing.

    I like plasma as its not in your face like LCD,or as sharp and colours seem more natural.

    Blue ray is gobsmackin and even upscaled normal DVD's like Lord of the Rings are amazing.

    Sport in HD fabulous

    Sound is OK though to get the best you need a designated AV system

    One thing I do notice is that it chucks a lot of heat out, dont need a fire anymore.

    All in all a great buy stop agonising and buy one

    Christmas 2010. No regrets. The picture is deeper and natural. Sport excellent. None of the problems mentioned on forums elsewhere, buzzing, flaoting blacks, posterisation etc. Just a cracking TV. Wish I had waited for the price drop and bought the 46 or 50 inch, small complaint though
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    27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. Jones on 17 May 2010
    Great TV, Stunning picture on Virginmedia and Freesat, I can also record Freesat to PVR plus 2 recordings to VBox and watch another channel at the same time,great value, especially compared to G20 LCDs, which I was going to buy before I noticed this one.loads of features and adjustments. eg it will turn off the screen if you are listening to radio, so saving power and screen burn, easy setup and assembly. highly recommended.
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    203 of 211 people found the following review helpful By D. Mackenzie on 14 Mar 2010
    Verified Purchase
    This is the best TV in this price range and is likely to remain so until Panasonic release an updated model next year. I calibrated and reviewed one of these for a pro review site and was delighted with the final result. The NeoPDP panel means you'll get blacks, motion clarity, and viewing angle that LCDs can't touch, plus the THX picture preset means you can have good quality images straight out of the box without further setup. After a few days of heavy usage, the colour on the TV I reviewed measured almost exactly according to TV mastering standards and has remained so since.

    Since you can buy Plasma TVs this good at this price, forget LCD and "LED" (LED TVs are LCD displays with a different means of illuminating the picture, they are not a brand new technology, so don't be suckered into paying top dollar (top pound?) for one). This display completely smokes the contrast and black level (which are responsible for the "richness" of the picture), the colour accuracy, the viewing angle, and the motion clarity of any LCD. Furthermore, Panasonic's Plasmas do not have any of the image retention problems that some of the cheaper brands do, so you don't have to worry. If you're scared of Plasma TV because you've been drip-fed scare stories by the kids at your local box-shifting electronics store, then frankly, get over it or miss out!

    The Hard Drive PVR feature is also very cool - hook up a USB hard disk to the TV and you can set the TV up to record TV programmes onto it for later viewing. Consider the cost of PVRs on their own and then consider that this TV essentially has one built in...

    Also, the TV supports Freesat HD and the brand new Freeview HD.
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    39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Wrights on 29 Jun 2010
    Great product highly recommended. Only problem is amazon does not give the free 5 year guarantee that shops are offering for these models. Would have bought else where had I known this beforehand.
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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By C. P. Orwell on 6 Jun 2010
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    The bottom line is that this is a fine TV that fully merits the general praise that has been heaped upon it already. However I do have a few comments that may be of interest to potential buyers, and, I would like to think that Panasonic may read these reviews and consider the comments. My reason for only awarding four stars is primarily concerned with the USB HDD recording facility. It works exactly as Panasonic says it will, and that is my concern. It would appear extraordinary that a TV that has three tuners... (Freeview/Freesat/Analogue) will not allow you to record one channel using say Freeview and watch a different channel using one of the other two tuners. Yes it would involve more hardware/cost, but not excessively. I fear it has been restricted in this manner to protect Panasonics own range of PVRs. Interestingly, the Which magazine implies in their review of the TX-P42G20, that if recording to the USB HDD then you will have to change to one of the other tuners in order to watch a different channel. Well, I certainly cannot fathom how to do that. I also had considerable trouble with a brand new Samsung Story Station 1.5TB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive. After switching the TV to standby, the HDD would shut down correctly after about 90 secs. However, turning the TV back on after say one hour, the HDD would not be recognised and as far as the TV was concerned there was no HDD attached! Unplug/plug the USB cable and all was well again. Thinking this was a fault on the Samsung I obtained a replacement, only to find exactly the same problem. I have now swapped over the Samsung with my WD Book USB HDD from my computer and now both work faultlessly.Read more ›
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