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Panasonic Smart VIERA TX-P42VT30B 42-inch Full HD 1080p 3D 600Hz Internet-Ready Plasma TV with Freeview HD and Freesat HD (Installation Recommended) [Energy Class D]

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Important Information

Energy efficiency class

On-mode power consumption
156 Watts

Energy consumption
228 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

  • Product Dimensions: 101.8 x 5 x 635 cm ; 27 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 32 Kg
  • Item model number: TX-P42VT30B
  • Date first available at 18 April 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,203 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Size Name: 42 - inch

Product Description

Energy efficiency class:


On-mode power consumption:

156 Watts

Energy consumption:

228 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 VT30 Plasma TV series includes a DVB-S tuner for Freesat HD and 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 (Following a one off installation payment for Freesat HD services whereas for Freeview HD you will need to ensure coverage is available in your local area).

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.
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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Damage Protection

Thanks to the Tough Panel on many VIERA Plasma TVs, you do not need to worry about serious screen damage. That is because the front sheet of glass on the TV is resistant to impacts of up to four joules, which is particularly reassuring for families with small children and gamers who use motion controllers.

Energy Efficiency

A VIERA TV uses up to 55% less power* in darkly lit conditions. This is thanks to the Eco Mode, which is standard on most models. It uses a photo sensor to measure the ambient light in the room, then adjusts the panel’s brightness accordingly. * According to the VDE measurement 2008. Based on the 42-inch VIERA Plasma TV TH-42PZ80.

VIERA Plasma TVs are designed to provide a panel life of up to 100,000 hours, giving you up to 35 years of great entertainment. A panel life time of up to 60,000 hours can be achieved by Panasonic VIERA LCD TVs.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Kennedy on 18 Jun. 2011
Size Name: 42 - inch
This is an excellent 3D plasma television, and I can recommend it 100%.

This is a brief report, as at the time of writing I've only had it for a month. In this time I've used it for blu-rays and hi-def gaming exclusively - no TV or satellite.

BUILD QUALITY: it's a handsome set, with a silver bezel framing one piece of glass. It is very thin (3cm) and looks very elegant. It isn't as hi-tech looking as the samsung sets, which appear to have come off the set of Star Trek, but I like its black contours.

2D PICTURE QUALITY: I haven't calibrated the set yet, I've been using it mainly on the THX setting. This pre-set is a great start, a shade too much yellow in the skin tones on my set, but otherwise very, very impressive. My preferred blu-rays (Days of Heaven on Criterion, Blade Runner, Godfather) look gorgeous; standard def DVDs (No Country, There Will be Blood) look great too. Frankly, I haven't put anything through it yet that hasn't looked awesome!

3D PICTURE QUALITY: Avatar was incredible, better than in the cinema, where I had a funny problem with scale (it felt to me as though the large screen had been shrunk into my glasses!); the Imax scenes in Tron are also astounding. Flicker free, no cross talk (or "ghosting", though I always seem to see some for a few minutes before my eyes settle properly into receiving 3D images). The great thing about the VT30 is that panasonic include 2 pairs of infra-red glasses, which are very expensive to buy separately. The glasses are very light (they seem to be made from a light carbon-fibre), are pretty comfortable to wear over normal glasses. They also feel very breakable - not for nothing do Panasonic house them in a tough plastic box. Keep them away from the kids...
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By J. Burrows on 9 Dec. 2011
Size: 55 - inch
please find an update on this set at the end of the review- 16-02-12

Bit of a TV buff, so this may go on a bit-
I have had this TV for about two months now, still bedding in so can only presume the picture will change in the future, if it is possible to get any better that is.

I have the TV connected to a Pionner LX91 Blue Ray Player and a Pionner amp and I watch TV through a virgin TIvo box on HD channels. I sit about 3.5m away from the set for normal viewing and closer for blue ray and 3D
I looked at the Samsung 8000 series before getting this model. The one I viewed had a very good picture, supper bright and sharp. Motion was a bit off though during fast shots and I couldn't help but feel that the blacks looked a bit washed out when viewed in dim lighting. I would say that this range is the only one that comes close to this TV. Sony needs to catch back up, must have been napping in the 2011 development meetings.

The build quality is outstanding. The single sheet of glass looks like one big I pad hanging on the wall. Panasonic have made some changes to the previous models. The power lead is now built into the rear of the panel, meaning that if you wish to feed the lead down internal wall conduit, you will have to cut the plug off. You also get adaptors for the inputs, allowing connections to be made a bit easier. HDMI are on the side, set into the panel. Depending on the type of leads you use, they may stick out. They would have to be very thick though for this to happen.

I have had three other top of the range Panasonics over the years and have seen the picture develop for the better throughout this time. I have never had any of them calibrated by a certified engineer, but I am tempted this time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Shore on 17 Aug. 2011
Size: 55 - inch
I bought my 55 inch Panasonic TV about 2 mths ago not long after it came out. I am extremely pleased with it so far-fantastic picture quality especially with any good quality source material-Freeview HD / DVD /BLU ray / even the better bit rate freeview SD channels look great from my viewing distance ( 12 feet approx).
Had no problems with the fluctuating brightness - but then I'm sure I read a recent online review which said that this had been fixed for the 2011 model. The black levels of this tv are the best I have ever seen, which sounds a bit nerdy but gives the picture the most amazing contrast and in a dark room you often can't see where the black bars at the top and bottom of the film blend with the black tv border.
One point I'd like to mention also is the game mode which is used when playing online games especially--it really does produce a noticeable reduction in the lag time during gameplay (important in fps). It certainly helps my (low) scores!
I would wholeheartedly recommend this set and the price is still falling online.

30th April 2013
Whilst watching a film the picture started flickering during bright frames with fine magenta lines visible on parts of the picture. Tried switching it off to reboot it but problem kept returning within a minute. Stopped watching it and went to bed worried. Turned it on next morning and seemed ok for a minute then went blank with the 7 blinks of death from the led power light. After some internet research it seems that this indicates a board failure-possibly 3 boards- so have arranged an engineer visit for an estimate!! Hope to recoup some of the cost if it is economic to repair from vendor under Sale of Goods Act 1979 as is only 22mths old.
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