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Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42ST30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD (discontinued by manufacturer)


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Important Information

Energy efficiency class
C

On-mode power consumption
123 Watts

Energy consumption
180 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: 102 x 6.9 x 64 cm ; 23 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 29 Kg
  • Item model number: TX-P42ST30B
  • ASIN: B004TFDTMS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,202 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Size Name: 42 - inch

Product Description

Energy efficiency class:

C

On-mode power consumption:

123 Watts

Energy consumption:

180 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

Manufacturer's Description

freeview HD
Enjoy subscription free HD programmes with Freeview HD or Freesat, the choice is yours.

Freeview HD

The VIERA ST30 Plasma TV series includes a DVB-T2 tuner for Freeview HD providing you with a convenient, subscription free way of watching HD contents like sport, as well as your favourite soaps, dramas and documentaries in full HD glory wherever you are in the UK (Please ensure that Freeview HD coverage is available in your local area before using this TV).

Enter the World of 3D

Be Captivated By NeoPlasma

Panasonic is taking television to the next level with the new VIERA NeoPlasma TV line-up, which delivers brilliant picture quality in Full HD 2D and 3D. Never miss a detail when watching movies, sports or playing the latest games. With NeoPlasma, you can always be sure to get the best picture quality.

600Hz Sub-field Drive
Enjoy crisp & clear moving pictures thanks to the 600Hz sub-field drive.
Brilliant Motion Clarity with 600Hz Sub-field Drive

The 600Hz sub-field drive in combination with the newly developed Fast Switching Phosphors offers crisp & clear moving pictures. This unique image-analysis technology converts the motion in each scene into data for faster display of frame images compared to previous 600Hz systems.

The UK broadcast system is sent at the rate of 50 frames per second (50Hz), so every second of watching, 50 pictures are sent to the TV. Each of the 50 frames consists of sub-field images based on the brightness & tonal characteristics of a picture in a frame.

With VIERA Plasma TV with 600Hz sub-field drive, up to 12 sub-field images per frame are displayed. It is said that the higher the number of subfields the greater the colour is & the smoother the picture is. This is why our 600Hz system delivers rich colour and smooth motion pictures.

*When the Cinema mode is selected.

active shutter glasses
Active shutter glasses help to create stunning FULL HD 3D (glasses not included).
Active Shutter Glasses

When you watch 3D on a TV, even a slight blur can negatively affect the level of immersion. To get the best 3D picture quality possible, Panasonic employs Active Shutter Glasses (not included) which are synchronised to the frame sequential driving of the TV. With this technology the viewer enjoys a cinema-like resolution of 1920 x 1080 for each eye. Viewers can then enjoy a gripping 3D experience without resolution and viewing angle deterioration.

Highly precise timing control for the opening & closing of the shutters minimises unwanted light leakage (minimising shading ratio of over 1/1000) to enable clear 3D viewing. Both shutters on the 3D Eyewear close completely during the short gap between the right & left plasma signal emission to match the luminescence characteristics of the plasma display.

600Hz Sub-field Drive
Latest screen technology minimises mutual interference from left and right frames. .
Clear 3D Images

New phosphor technology prevents crosstalk in 3D - The use of new fast switching phosphors has significantly reduced the afterglow time. The emission time and process have also been improved to minimise mutual interference of the frames for the left and right-eye images to greatly reduce crosstalk. The resulting 3D images are extremely high in quality.

Deeper Blacks & Higher Contrast

In new VIERA models, contrast and black levels have been significantly improved especially in bright surroundings. Enhancements to the panel and cells help reproduce images with smooth, natural gradation and deep, rich blacks. In movies, the true, deep blacks faithfully convey the intent of the filmmakers, adding power and realism to the viewing experience.

Internet on Your TV

VIERA TVs are made for so much more than just watching TV. VIERA Connect brings Internet-based
content straight to your living room, on the big screen, and enables you to enjoy the whole world of
content in all its different forms and shapes. Stay connected with your friends on Facebook™, rent
movies or play games - all from the comfort of your sofa without the need for a PC.

Internet TV
Bring the internet to your living room, from catch-up TV and renting movies to Facebook.
Catch-up TV

Missed an interesting TV broadcast? With VIERA Connect, you can directly access the media centres of major broadcasters and watch programmes at your convenience.

Music

Like music? Turn your VIERA into a juke box. Access internet radio stations, watch music videos and enjoy the great sound quality of your VIERA TV.

Games

Do you like an occasional game but do not want to use your computer or console? Just try the gaming area in VIERA Connect to bridge the next advertising break. Optional Gamepads can be used for even more fun.

Social Networking

Now you no longer need to be tied to your computer to stay up to date on the happenings within your personal network. Make a Skype™ video chat* with your family or get a quick Facebook™ update in your living room!

*Optional camera required.

600Hz Sub-field Drive
Call your friends and family from via Skype (requires Panasonic HD Communication Camera).
Connecting Friends & Families with Skype

Today, millions of individuals and businesses use Skype to make free video and voice calls. As with our VIERA Cast service, free Skype-to-Skype calls from their large screen TV* are available on the new VIERA Connect, which means they can see family and friends on a large screen from the comfort of their living as they talk to them.

*Requires Panasonic HD Communication Camera, TY-CC10Wn, sold separately.

Video

Whether you feel like watching your favourite film again, the latest blockbuster release, or simply catching up on your favourite TV series, Video on Demand makes it possible. Your movie or programme will start at the touch of a button.

News & Lifestyle

You don't have to wait for the next news broadcast to get an update on what's important in the world – just check the news and lifestyle section via VIERA Connect any time you like.

Sports

Getting the latest information and up-to-date videos on your favourite sport has never been easier thanks to the leading sports coverage from partners such as EurosportTM.

Use your iPhone as a remote
Use the Panasonic App to turn your iPhone into your remote control.

iPhone, iPod touch & iPad Remote Control

Panasonic has made watching and browsing your VIERA TV even easier with the new VIERA Remote app for Apple mobile devices. The app instantly turns your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch into a remote control touch screen so you can quickly and intuitively navigate all the tools and features on your VIERA TV including the 3D settings, SD card access and VIERA Connect.

The VIERA Remote is an intelligent app that allows you to not only browse and start applications at your convenience, but also do text input when required.

One Remote, Total Control

VIERA Link allows you to have complete control over all connected Panasonic High Definition AV devices – via the single VIERA remote control. Just hook up the devices to one another using an HDMI cable, sit back and enjoy easy control.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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195 of 199 people found the following review helpful By Silverfrog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2011
Size Name: 42 - inch
This is my first Panasonic TV (or 3D TV for that matter) and I've been very impressed with it. Having done a fair amount of research on 3D Tv's this seemed like an affordable option. This is the 2nd generation 3D Tv that Panasonic have come out with as far as I know and there are improvements - the first generation are VT20's or GL20's. The main difference as far as I am aware to the older versions are that Panasonic have developed technology to reduce crosstalk which occurs when you are viewing material in 3D and it's not looking quite like it should (each active pair of glasses basically show separate images to each eye making it seem as though something is in 3D but fails to happen properly during crosstalk).
This ST30 model is missing DNLA (which allows for easier and better networking with your other multimedia items in your household, and better looks from it's more expensive brothers GT30 and VT30. It also has faster-switching phosphors, reduced power consumption and a new screen filter.

Out of the box
When you get your brand new shiny 3d TV, the first thing you will need to do is attach the base stand to the actual TV. You can do this on your own but is a little tricky. There is a forked prong that fits into the base and you screw this in but make sure that you look for the black plastic cover before you attach it to the TV which was found separately at the bottom of the box with mine. The TV then slots onto the forks and you screw this on. The TV can then swivel on it's stand to about 35 degrees either way from straight ahead .Unlike the Panasonic flagship the ST does not come with any 3D glasses so you'll have to buy your own. I've got the
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191 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Alan T. Fidler on 26 July 2011
Size Name: 50 - inch
The Panasonic P50ST30B Plasma Television is at face value a very nice piece of equipment. It had full 1080P high definition capability, displays full HD 3D, produces deep blacks, deep colour and very nice picture quality.

Unfortunately it also has two glaring problems that are so obviously unacceptable in a TV costing as much as this model does that I wonder how Panasonic have the nerve to even consider marketing the set.

The first of these is a sudden and highly distracting shift in brightness in certain scenes. Panasonics customer services department call it a feature, I call it a very obvious and totally unacceptable design flaw that makes the set virtually unwatchable. Imagine if you will an audio device that randomly alters the volume and how annoying that would be and you will have some understanding of how frustrating an apparent brightness shift would be on a video display.

The second issue which my ST30 has is random patches of green on some areas of the screen which are particularly visible on greyscale images. This is also visible in colour images, depending upon the colour of the image being displayed.

I am deeply disappointed with this TV set and would not recommend it to anybody until Panasonic UK have the decency to recognise the flaw in their product and takes steps to address the issue. Panasonic in the US are doing just that and are hoping to issue a firmware update. The same update is needed in the uk but I cannot see that happening when the company refuses to recognise the issue.

Stay well clear!

UPDATE: Panasonic UK are are now achnowledging that FBr is an issue are are collecting data from customers as well as investigating the issue at their factory.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Archie on 19 Nov 2011
Size Name: 42 - inch
I have both a LCD tv and this panasonic plasma! This plasma tv is better picture quality than the LCD because of its deep rich colours and amazing definition also this tv has amazing features. I was looking at this and the model above it but it wasnt worth paying around £300 for the model above that only has a few added features like freesat which i wont use and also dnla laptop connecting thingy. The only reason i dont advise this tv for a bedroom is that it can make a very,very slight buzzing from its internal power supply on standby and if ur in a bedroom it would drive me crazy(many might not hear it but my hearing is sensitive). Perfect for a lounge as you wont notice it there. Best tv i have ever bought, totally amazing. I bought mine from comet who are currently doing a deal on this tv for £500 with 2 free pairs of 3d glasses and a half price wifi dongle which is a MUST to have with this telly as the viera cast features with internet are great!!!! Highly recommend, i researched thouroughly before buying. Go to comet...
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. Cooper on 8 Sep 2011
Size Name: 42 - inch Verified Purchase
I can not reiterate how amazing this TV is. I use it for my PS3 to play blu rays (3D & 2D) and games the picture quality is fab! the only concern in 3D was during the day with a lot of natural light in the room would make the glasses flicker, but thats why god created curtains.

I work as a projectionist at a 3D Cinema and I have to say I was a bit sceptical about the cost/quality of this TV, but the 3D is amazing!
so far i've watched 3 3D films and played Killzone 3 with no problems, also you can revert from 3D to 2D at any point by pressing the 3D button on the remote (which does feel a bit cheap, but you don't watch the remote!)

ok you have to spend a fortune on glasses (the TV doesn't come with any) and at £100(ish) a pop (I bought the Panasonic ones), they're not cheap...However for £550 (which i paid) for a 42" Plasma 1080p TV with HD freeview is a steal! I will end up buying 3 pairs of glasses eventually so even the £850 I will spend...it's still a steal!

it doesn't take long to set up, quite painless infact. i was watching 3D films in well under an hour after it'd been delivered, it does state on the box for 2 people to handle the TV, But i'm a wimp and I managed to set it up myself!

The sound on the TV is pretty good too, however, i use my external 5.1 surround. even during quiet films or when i've turned the surround off the fan some have commented on I can hardly hear, infact the Sky box i've got makes more racket!

The TV has internet access (if you buy a wireless adaptor), but why would I want my TV to have internet access?? surely thats what computers are for?

if you want a decent 42"HD 3D TV, you could do far worse than this baby!
My advice if your looking for a 3D TV:buy this, get the crisps and pop in ;) and invite a few friends round just to show off your new toy! that's what i'm going to do :)
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