Just a heads up, looks like panasonic is releasing plasma tv's in august with built in freeviewhd (dvb-t) tuners (not dvb-s, satellite). As per there release even that was held last night in Hamilton. Information from a Noel Leeming salesperson.
Better blacks, better contrast, better colours, no motion blur, better at displaying SD etc. And who cares if they consume more power (Although a recent test put an large LCD at the top of the list of power hungry TV's). I don't hear too many people saying that they would rather use the speakers on their TV over an AV amp when watching a movie to save a bit of power. Plasma pretty much win every LCD vs Plasma comparison in magazines & on the web. A 720P Plasma came on top of HT Magazine's top TV over 1080P LCD's.
One of my favourate recent quotes was by Ben Drawbaugh from EngadgetHD. He did a review on an LCD TV & didn't comment on the picture quality. When asked why he didn't he said that people who buy LCD TV's don't care about picture quality so why comment on it. Classic.
At the risk of pulling the thread back to its original topic.....
I have just laid my hands on what Panasonic purports to be their 2008-2009 TV brochure. It features their 80/800 series Viera TVs and the specs just have a - beside the DVB column. Perhaps they are going to bring out an 85/850 sub series with the DVB capability once the panels that are already on the boat are sold. Sony and Philips are also releasing new models in July (fingers crossed for DVB).
Swinging back off topic again.... the new Panasonic range includes a Full-HD 42" Plasma panel (TH-42PY800AZ).
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