Panasonic TX-P42C3B 42" Plasma TV with Freeview HD - £350.85 @ Amazon

Panasonic TX-P42C3B 42" Plasma TV with Freeview HD - £350.85 @ Amazon

Found 6th May 2011
Only 720p, but with Freeview HD which is only 720p anyway it's still a lot of TV for the money.

Review Here:…htm


Wikipedia -
"UK broadcasts are typically at a resolution of 1440x1080i and encoded in MPEG-4 H.264/AVC on satellite and terrestrial television and in MPEG-2 on cable. Although it is not 1920x1080, the resolution is within European Broadcasting Union specifications for HD".

...but better than 720p

Did you guys know that a HD Display can be called Full HD i.e. 1080p if it has 768 lines of pixels or higher. I didn't believe but a 768 pixel display will accept 1080p signals and as it is the same aspect ratio, though it will re-jig the image in order to display it.

I came across this when looking for an Internet TV for my Bedroom, the Sony KDL22EX320 has a resolution of 1366x768 and is branded as Full HD by Direct TV's and a few other suppliers. Sony do not brand it as Full HD on their website but technically they could.

I will post the website I got this info off, but technically speaking this display may be able to display 1080i signals with a bit of electronic wizardry.

Also, Sky, Virgin or any of the free to view HD channels are not broadcasted in anything greater than 720p. Only Blu ray players, PS3 and Xbox 360 use 1080p. So for normal TV watch this is fine on this.

Trust me I work for a well know broadcaster.

We have an older version of this (no HD freeview) and it's a great tv. I'm not sure this is a great deal though, in the sense that I have seen it at this price in a few places. I know most people are looking for full HD nowadays, but if you want a branded big tv at this price point it will be a good telly.

The Freeview HD is the big selling point here having it in the TV and not in yet another box to clutter the living room. Not forgetting that those boxes cost a pretty penny or two adding up to £100 on top of a set without one.

With deals on 42" 1080p TV's from £350 to £400 being around and throwing a Freeview HD Box in with this would push it closer to £500. Making 1080p a privilege that costs roughly £100 over 720p sets.

This offer is completely different to those deals on 1080p sets that are a dime a dozen you don't get deals like this too often! This deal is very tempting if you don't plan on Blu-Ray or Gaming.

Was tempted by this recently, and at £450 at John Lewisi. Read the review above, and didn't notice any of the problems they mentioned when checking it out in store.

Does anyone know if this is available for the same price on the high street, so I can get it price matched at John Lewis??


£400 at Currys and PC World - you could save a bit from JL as they should price match that. The 5 year guarantee is probably worth the extra £50 over Amazon. HTH.
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