Having read the reviews, these Panasonic models dont seem to be much good, but any comments appreciated especially the difference between the 20 and 30 model.
bfginger: The P42ST30Z would be a better purchase than the U30. It is available for under $1500 which unfortunately is more than it sells for overseas as our retailers like fat margins. .
bfginger: Philips television failures are usually caused by broken electrolyte capacitors on the power boards. Replacing the whole power board may be excessive if not wasteful but might have lower labour costs.
I wouldn't say plasma is a redundant technology. Plasma televisions remain on the market because LCDs cannot match them in some areas yet.