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LG 42LH50 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz Broadband LCD HDTV, Gloss Black

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  • LCD HDTV features NetCast use with content providers such as Netflix and YouTube
  • 1080p Full HD resolution 1920 x 1080p Trumotion 120Hz panel for clear smooth images even for fast action scenes with 4x HDMI v 1.3 digital inputs
  • Intelligent Sensor Mode LG's Smart Energy Saving Technology, Energy Star 3.0 compliant
  • Invisible speaker system with Dolby Digital 5.1 & Clear voice for richer more balanced sound & a polished look
  • 70,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio
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Technical Details
Brand NameLG
Item Weight37.9 pounds
Product Dimensions3.6 x 41.4 x 25.9 inches
Item model number42LH50
Color NameGloss Black
Specification Metenergy_star
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #99,109 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight53 pounds
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Shipping Advisory:This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Date First AvailableMarch 15, 2009

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model: 42LH50
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Speaker Count: 4
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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

LG LH50 (August 29, 2009)
Introducing the LH50 LCD TV with NetCast Entertainment Access. This Full HD 1080p LCD TV lets you tap into Internet content directly on your TV--something you may have never imagined possible. While watching TV, use Yahoo! Widgets to check the latest headlines, weather, financial updates and more. And wait until you experience the entertainment services. Having instant access to Netflix and YouTube lets you watch movies and online videos whenever you want them. The future of TV entertainment is available now with the LH50.

Innovative Technologies

Virtually limitless Possibilities
A TV with the web’s best entertainment and services included. NetCast Entertainment Access lets you tap into movies, TV shows, news, stock information, and weather updates—direct from the Internet and without a computer. (Learn more)

Less blur. Better action
Brings detail to even the fastest moving scenes and virtually eliminates motion blur with TruMotion 120Hz.(Learn more)

View it in the Right Light
Every room has different colors and lighting.  Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to your room’s unique conditions.(Learn more)

Double the Detail
Make all your favorite sports, TV shows, movies, and video games more realistic.  Get nearly double the pixel resolution of standard HD with Full HD 1080p Resolution. (Learn more)

See More in the Dark
It’s easy for details to get lost in the shadows.  The 70,000:1 Contrast Ratio lets you experience deeper blacks and greater picture detail, especially in darker scenes. (Learn more)

Core Technologies

Find the Perfect Picture
Getting your picture looking great is easier than ever with Picture Wizard.  Enables easy self-calibration with your remote by providing on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements. (Learn more)

Audio Should be Heard, Not Seen
The slim-silhouette Invisible Speaker System delivers a look and audio that are equal parts clean and polished. (Learn more)

Hear Every Whisper
Get audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells. (Learn more)

Customized Enjoyment
Sports, cinema and video games can all be heard and seen as they were meant to be with AV Mode II. (Learn more)

Other Features

Watch Like A Pro
It's ISFccc Ready for professional calibration. A more personalized viewing experience awaits, if you're so inclined. (Learn more)

Memories Brought to Life
View family photos and listen to MP3 files right in the comfort of your living room with USB 2.0. (Learn more)

A Colorful Personality
A TV that looks great on and off. The Color-Infused Design is a nod to your sense of style. (Learn more)

Smart Energy
Conserve money and energy. With an Energy Star 3.0 rating, you can be green and save green. (Learn more)

Bring Theater to the Couch
Don't feel like making it out to the multiplex? 24P Real Cinema gives you a movie-theater-experience right in your own home. (Learn more)

Connect with Crystal Clear Color
You won't miss a single tone or shade. 4 HDMI V.1.3. Deep Color inputs give you the rich hues and HD picture you want. (Learn more)

Versatile Technology
LCD televisions offer a greater variety of sizes, are generally more energy efficient than Plasma and work wonders for video games and computer graphics. (Learn more)

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Yahoo Widgets
With Yahoo Widgets, your TV can also serve as your on-demand weatherman, stockbroker, news source and more. Yahoo! News, Weather, Finance, and Flickr are right there at your fingertips. Better still, as new widgets are developed, they’re automatically uploaded to your TV.

Netcast Entertainment
t’s time to change what to expect from your TV.  NetCast Entertainment Access lets you tap into instant entertainment and information from online services.  Now directly stream movies, TV shows and video, and get up-to-the-minute news, stock information and weather updates to your TV using Yahoo! Widgets, Netflix, and YouTube. Simply connect a broadband source through the built-in Ethernet port, grab your LG remote and enjoy. It couldn’t be easier.
Netflix: Unlimited Viewing
Make the most of the extensive offerings on Netflix. Users with a subscription can sit back and enjoy unlimited instant access to over 12,000 Netflix movies and TV episodes* streamed directly to their TV set. Most movies and TV episodes appear in standard definition and many selections are not new releases.

*Netflix subscription required and sold separately.

Now you can watch everything on YouTube right in your living room. Blu-ray players with NetCast give you unlimited, direct access to the millions of Web videos available through YouTube, whenever you want them. All you need is an active Internet connection. Watch that one fellow making a fool of himself over and over again.


TruMotion 120HZ
No more blur effect when you’re watching your favorite sport, action flick or playing a hot new video game.  By responding quickly to color changes, TruMotion 120Hz technology, combined with LG's unique IPS panels, virtually eliminates motion blur and improves picture quality at different viewing angles.

Intelligent Sensor
Automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience—and can also save energy and money.

Full HD 1080p Resolution
Enjoy enhanced picture quality over standard HDTV with almost double the pixel resolution.  See sharper details like never before. Just imagine a Blu-ray disc or video game seen on your new LG Full HD 1080p TV.

70,000:1 Contrast Ratio
Great picture needs a great contrast ratio, which is defined as the ratio between the bright whites and dark blacks being displayed.  Experience deeper blacks and greater picture clarity, especially in shadowy scenes with the superior 70,000:1 Contrast Ratio.  The difference is night and day.

Picture Wizard
Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness, and backlight levels.  Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature.  It's not actually magic, but it will sure seem that way.

Invisible Speaker System
You won’t believe what you’re hearing. Fine-tuned by renowned audio expert Mr. Mark Levinson, LG TVs utilize a unique, hidden speaker system that delivers a clean, polished look with a wider sound field.  Where some sound systems and speakers only project their best audio towards the center of a room, the Invisible Speaker System projects great sound throughout.

Clear Voice II
Automatically enhances and amplifies the sound of the human voice frequency range to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells.  Can also be personalized with a new 12-step adjustment level—putting you in control.

AV Mode II
Quickly and easily select from one of three AV modes for "Cinema," "Sports," or "Games" to enjoy optimized HDTV picture and audio quality easily set with a convenient button on the remote control.

ISFccc Ready
LG’s ISFccc Ready HDTVs contain the detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels, and much more to meet local lighting conditions for both day and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.

USB 2.0
Now reliving that fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to enjoy JPEG photos and listen to MP3 files—all at the same time if you want.

Color-Infused Design
The perfect hint of blue color is added to the glossy black frame to add elegance to any room in the house.

Smart Energy Saving
In addition to adhering to the new Energy Star 3.0 guidelines, LG HDTVs have energy-saving options like the ability to choose settings for different types of programming. Now you can save the world from the comfort of your couch.

24P Real Cinema
Stay in for the theater. Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with movies the way they are meant to be seen. LG’s Real Cinema technology precisely displays 24p source frames on your screen, the same as on a movie screen.  If you love movies, you’ll love Real Cinema.

HDMI V.1.3 with Deep Color
Make installation of any enabled device a snap. Get 10.2Gbps of bandwidth for deeper colors and more to take advantage of the best Full HD experience.  HDMI V.1.3 connectivity lets you prepare yourself for tomorrow’s technology today.

Which Size HDTV is Right for My Room?

HDTV Size chart
With standard-definition TVs, the rule used to be that viewers would feel comfortable watching a set from a distance of 3 to 6 times the screen size in inches. With HDTV, the resolution is so much better that you can sit closer to a larger TV without noticing the pixels. So with HDTVs, the rule tends to be you can sit anywhere from 1.5 to 3 times the screen size (in inches) for the best experience. If you know the size of the room you have already, where you want to sit, and where your new HDTV should go once you get it, you can figure out the size HDTV you should get.
  • Minimum size = Viewing distance/3
  • Maximum size=Viewing distance/1.5
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Why LCD?

LCD displays deliver increasingly higher contrast ratios along with bright, crystal-clear images that look great in a variety of lighting conditions. They're available in sizes that fit any space, at prices that meet any budget.  Many LCD HDTVs also have new features that can significantly reduce power consumption.  So whether you enjoy movies, sports or video games, there's an LCD HDTV just right for you.

There's an LG LCD for everyone

LH85 Series (47-inch 47LH85 or 55-inch 55LH85 )*
If you want an LCD HDTV that goes beautifully almost anywhere in the house, without any wires or clutter, LH85 is for you.  Wireless, uncompressed Full HD 1080p transmission allows you the freedom to place your HDTV almost anywhere.

LH55 Series (37-inch, 42-inch, 47-inch, or 55-inch class sizes*)
Sports lovers, gaming fanatics, and thrill junkies now have their perfect TV.  TruMotion 240Hz virtually eliminates motion blur in fast-paced action for a crystal clear picture.  Bring the action closer to real life and enjoy it like it was meant to be seen.

LH50 Series (42-inch 42LH50 or 47-inch 47LH50)*
Ever imagine that you would be able to access instant entertainment from the Internet that streams directly to your HDTV—without ever using a computer? You can.  LH50's NetCast Entertainment Access** makes tapping into Internet entertainment content easy, fast and enjoyable.

LH40 Series (32-inch 32LH40, 37-inch 37LH40, 42-inch 42LH40, 47-inch 47LH40, or 55-inch 55LH40)*
A television built for almost anyone's interests or needs.  Full HD 1080p, robust features and Energy Star rating make this an all-around great HDTV.

LH30 Series (32-inch 32LH30, 37-inch 37LH30, 42-inch 42LH30, or 47-inch 47LH30)*
Superb 1080p HDTV resolution can be available on almost any budget when you consider the LH30.  Stylish, economical Full HD that offers multiple features and a rich experience.

LH20 Series (42-inch, 37-inch, 32-inch, 26-inch, 22-inch, or 19-inch class sizes*)
A feature-rich HD experience that comes in sizes that fit almost any room in the house and prices that fit almost any budget.  It’s a great way to get into HD.

LU55 Series (19-inch, 22-inch, or 26-inch class sizes*)
Big entertainment can come in small packages.  A stylish, Full HD 1080p choice for smaller spaces like the kitchen or kids' rooms.

*actual diagonal measurement
**Internet connection required and sold separately

Find the Right TV for You


LH85 Series
(55-inch, 47-inch)

LH55 Series
(55-inch, 47-inch, 42-inch, 37-inch)
LH50 Series
(47-inch, 42-inch)
LH40 Series
(55-inch, 47-inch, 42-inch, 37-inch, 32-inch)
LH30 Series
(47-inch, 42-inch, 37-inch, 32-inch)
LU55 Series
(26-inch, 22-inch, 19-inch)
LH20 Series
(42-inch, 37-inch, 32-inch, 26-inch, 22-inch)
NetCast Entertainment Access
Wireless 1080p Connectivity
TruMotion 240HZ
TruMotion 120HZ
Intelligent Sensor
Full-HD 1080p Resolution
80,000:1 Contrast Ratio
70,000:1 Contrast Ratio
50,000:1 Contrast Ratio
Color-Infused Design
Picture Wizard
Invisible Speaker System
Clear Voice II
AV Mode II
ISFccc Ready
USB 2.0
Smart Energy Saving
24p Real Cinema

What's in the Box

LG LH50 Television, Remote Control, Owner's Manual

Product Description

42" LCD Broadband HDTV, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 120Hz, 70,000:1 Contrast Ratio, ATSC/NTSC/Clear QAM - 1 Tuner, SRS TruSurround XT, 4 HDMI input

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. Campbell on October 4, 2009
I am really happy with this LCD. The newtwork features are what really set this set apart. I am sure these type of features will soon be common, but for now LG is leading the way. Under NETCAST, you have streaming Netflix, Vudu HD movies and youtube. The Netflix setup was easy and the movies lookedmuch better than I expected. I tried both SD and HD movies and they looked good but of course I will be glad when they get a better HD selection. The Vudu movie service is one of my favorite features and not evem because of the easy access to streaming HD movies at your finger tips. The best part of Vudu for me is that you can view HD trailers for upcoming movies, and most of the previews aren't even on TV yet. They lso have all the latest movies, so it's a better selection than Netflix. The youtube streaming also looked much better than expected. An example of how cool this feature can be, my wife was watching a talk show with friends an it was talking about the viral video of the baby dancing to beyonce and she was able to quickly pull it up and see what all the fuss was about. Needless to say her girlfriends loved it. The other nice feature of this set is the ability to use the usb drive to connect a thumb drive or hard drive and watch video clips, pictures or listen to music. You can also view media on your network, so this tv really does it all. Oh and the yahoo widgets are aslo available. They allow you to watch Yahoo videos, follow your Twitter account, yahoo weather, news, sports, stocks and Flickr. Lastly, there are plenty of settings adjustments that can be made to tweak your picture. There are some settings on CNET that look great. Oh, and I went with some linksys powerline adapters to get it onlne and they work great. I have had no problems with streaming any media, even HD.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Lambert on August 14, 2009
I recently took delivery of this TV as I had purchased an LG surround sound system and liked that very much.

I am very impressed with the quality of the picture. I especially love the Netflix connection.

It was very easy to set up and connect my components to it.

I corrected the audio issue by going to the menu and selecting the audio options that felt right for me.

I use my sound system for movies and Netflix, but do not use it for regular TV. one of the audio options allows you to set the sound so that TV and commercials will be at the same sound level. This is a great feature. You can pick sound for Cinema, Sports, etc and you can select the same options for picture.

I have watched several Netflix movies on it and the picture quality was terrific. Some of those are older movies and not in HD, but they sure looked good on this TV.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Rose on November 16, 2009
Our "not too old" Sony TV decided not to come on one day so we decided it was time to upgrade to something better. Were we in for a treat.
The previous reviewers have pretty much covered the basics of this TV, so I will relate my experience with it so far. I've had the TV for a couple weeks. I do not subscribe to any paid TV service (Cable, Satellite or FIOS) and have been relying strictly on digital OTA (Over The Air) for my TV channels. This TV displays OTA HDTV signals with unbelievable clarity. Also, it does a very good job with SDTV (480i) digital signals as well. I've watched 480i on other HDTV sets and was never as happy with the picture as I am with this one. Another surprise on this TV was how well it pulled in some analog stations from Canada.
I have a second HDTV tuner hooked up to the new TV via HDMI in order to utilize the guide and for scheduling recordings from my VCR. Yes, my VCR! As I stated above, this TV handles 480i so well it makes VCR tapes bearable, even enjoyable! So, my VCR still has some use.
I have the TV hooked online via an Ethernet cable. I subscribe to Netflix and only have a 1 mps speed for my internet. Netflix does not look all that good at this speed, but is watchable, especially for animated kids shows. Having Netfix on your TV is awesome. The interface is so easy to use that our 6 year old had it down in no time. I also tried VUDU and found that the picture quality was much better than Netflix and was usable at my 1 mps speed. You-Tube was about the same as it is online - some videos looked OK, some don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex and Sarah on February 6, 2010
I bought this from Video Only where it's known you can bargain with them. Although, I wouldn't recommend buying from that place because it's a hit or miss. Forget customer service if you happen to end up with a disfunctional product. Only go there if you're willing to take a risk in order to save money. I've been lucky with three big purchases from there (60" Sony, 52" Sony, and this 42" LG) all at about $200 less than the lowest price out there at the time. I bought this LG tv about 2 months ago when I believe the normal price was $1099 everywhere, and Amazon was selling for $899. I paid $750 out the door for this tv and I am the happiest customer ever! (Right now, I think Amazon has lowered its price to $749, but I live in WA so that means tax wouldn't make it a deal for me.) With its loaded features, I think this tv has the best value. I'm scared of the quality of cheaper brands like Insignia or Vizio, but do not have the money for an expensive brand like Sony. I think this specific model from LG offers a lot more than a Samsung of the same price.

Its features surpasses my other two Sonys mainly due to the feature I use the most: movie playback through USB. I've only seen one other customer review that mentions this. I'm surprised that it's not mentioned in the specifications from various websites about its .avi, .mp4, .mkv, etc playback through USB (unless reading owns me and I overlooked it). I normally connect an external drive with a ton of pictures, music, and videos to the PS3 (which only reads from a FAT32 file system = 4GB file size limit). I connected this drive to my LG tv and I was surprised it does better than the PS3. It reads both NTFS and FAT32, so I was able to watch a 8gb .mkv 1080p blu-ray file. It looks absolutely stunning.
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