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LG Infinia 42LV5500 42-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED-LCD HDTV with Smart TV (2011 Model)

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  • TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur
  • LG's LED technology provides a slim profile and delivers amazing brightness, clarity and color detail, as well as greater energy efficiency
  • Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV You'll see details and colors like never before
  • A contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1 delivers incredibly vibrant colors and deeper and darker blacks
  • And the best of the web all organized in a simple to use interface
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Technical Details

Size: 42-inch
  • Brand Name: LG
  • Model: 42LV5500
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 42 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Details

Size: 42-inch
  • Product Dimensions: 39.8 x 1.2 x 24.3 inches ; 42 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 42.3 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Item model number: 42LV5500
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (330 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,364 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 13, 2011
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Product Description

Size: 42-inch


(March 2011)

Internet-Ready Devices

Internet-ready devices use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content to your television, whether it's streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today's weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet-ready devices and HDTVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you'll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.

LV5500 1080P LED TV

The LV5500 delivers LED picture quality along with a whole lot more. You can tap directly into instant entertainment with LG Smart TV*, and with TruMotion 120Hz refresh rate, sports and action movies never looked better.

LG Smart TV

LG Smart TV lets you access a limitless world of entertainment in a way that's easier and more fun than ever before. It's smart made simple.

LV5500 3D 1080 LED TV


We put all your LG Smart TV entertainment—from apps to streaming video to live TV—all in one place, and just how you want it.



Our LG Smart TV has a smart way to control it. The Magic Motion remote is easy to use, with intuitive point-and-click control and just five buttons.


CinemaNow, vudu, DivxTv, facebook, NETFLIX, twitter, Picasa, Google, amazonVideo, vTuner, MLB.TV, AP, PANDORA, Accu Weather.com, napster, YouTube LEANBACK


    Tired of dark scenes or dull colors? LG's LED technology provides a slim profile and delivers amazing brightness, clarity and color detail, as well as greater energy efficiency compared to conventional LCD TVs.



    TruMotion 120Hz technology lets you see sports, video games and high-speed action with virtually no motion blur. Now your TV can keep up with your fast-moving entertainment.

  • Cut loose when you're WiFi ready.


    Getting your LG broadband–enabled TV connected to online contest is easy when you are WiFi Ready. If you have existing wireless broadband, setting it up is simple and you don't need to worry about messy wires.


This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You'll see details and colors like never before.


To build a digital network, you need digital devices. That's obvious. But unless those devices are compatible, it won't be much of a network. DLNA Certified devices work together.


Earning the ENERGY STAR means a product meets strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For TVs, it means they save energy both in standby and active (when they're on) modes. ENERGY STAR–qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.


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.


Let your TV do the adjustments for you. Intelligent Sensor automatically optimizes the picture to the lighting and color conditions in the room for a more enjoyable viewing experience.


With our Smart Energy Saving Features, you can conserve money and energy.


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 daytime and nighttime viewing. Settings are added to preset modes for easy access from your LG remote.

* Wireless Internet connection & certain subscriptions required and sold separately. The Magic Motion Remote does not come equipped wtih all LG Smart TV enabled TVs and a separate purchase may be required. The Hulu Plus service is available via a firmware update. The LG web browser does not support Flash 10 or HTML 5, therefore, access to certain web content may be limited or unavailable.

Specifications (PDF)

LG 2011 LED/LCD Feature Comparison

High Definition Resolution
LG Smart TV
Dynamic Contrast Ration
LG Cinema 3D
2D to 3D Conversion
LED Plus w/Local Dimming
Magic Motion Remote
Y, sold sep.
Wi-Fi Ready
DLNA Certified
LED Backlighting
Intelligent Sensor
Picture Wizard II
Smart Energy Saving
ISFccc Ready
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3, 2
3, 1
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The wi-fi adapter is included with this item.

Product Description

The 42LV5500 delivers LED picture quality that along with a whole lot more. You can tap directly into instant entertainment with Smart TV and with TruMotion 120Hz refresh rate sports and faction movies never looked better. Service & support details:Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year.Fully recharged battery can last about 2 hours.Power source: DC 9-12V,Power consumption: 10 W.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

To save TL;DR Pro - Picture is clear and sharp, brightness is just right and color is best among TV's i have owned and seen. This did take some set up TBH. Read more ›
The picture quality is quite good, but the smart tv features are complete garbage. The apps are slow and basic functionality of things like YouTube and Amazon Prime is just… Read more ›
The picture is great, but the "smart TV" part is not very smart...seems like they need to do some further development on its functionality. Read more ›
I knew that the picture quality was awesome, that is why I bought it but the smart features that come with it, the apps such as Netflix, hulu, etc and all the DNLA… Read more ›
We don't have cable but stream movies and tv…The cat got scared the first time we turned it on because she thought the image was in the room - the picture is so clear. W… Read more ›
If I had been smart enough to read the online reviews, I would definitely not have bought LG. TV picture is nice-available elseware for much less cost. Available APPS-to me… Read more ›
I watch amazon prime & netflix without any issues.. Setting are great and setup was fairly easy Read more ›
Big mistake, no other tv in my house can shake a stick at the tv. The Trumotion feature is spectacular. No other words need to be said. Read more ›
I have nothing bad to say. All the features and aps ,including the wireless, works flawlessly. An excellent buy Read more ›
I purchased this 42 inch TV and am very satisfied so far with the sharpness of the picture. Built in wifi was easy to set up so streaming Netflix / Amazon was quick. Since… Read more ›
But it will do for now. The Smart features are cool. We only really use it for Netflix but it's really cool how you can watch TV while browsing through the apps and such. Read more ›
NO light-bleeding. Included wireless dongle works perfectly, easy wireless setup. Smart features/online apps are an added bonus. Read more ›
We have a small home and its just the…Happy I did, as it has been really enjoyable and the sound is great, we use "Dish TV" satellite and the HD 1080P is great.. Read more ›
there are only 2 small criticisms i have. the first being that the speakers are good but if you are looking for a heavy bass this set is not something to be solely relied on. Read more ›
- TV's view angle is phenomenal for an LCD/LED TV. Picture and sound quality are great. - Amazon's delivery / unpacking service was good - no pressure to accept the TV… Read more ›
The tv has a great picture and the sound is very good. Along with the Smart TV every thing has worked in the two months that I have been using the tv. Read more ›
This is due mainly because the speakers are on the bottom, facing downward. The sound is really cheap and bad. As for the overall, this is a great television and delivers… Read more ›
The TV arrived and I was able to set it up and have it fully operational in less than 30 minutes. The picture and audio are both great. It couldn't have been easier' Read more ›
Being a programmer, I would certainly not like to design an app this sucky. The other apps are nothing great too. They had a Nero MediaHome CD in the box that allows me to… Read more ›
If anyone reading this please let me know if yours does the same or not. The web browser is good for checking mail or facebook as long as you don't watch any videos. The tv… Read more ›
It provides excellent picture quality along with great amenities. The Internet apps work well. The one hangup is that I had to get it fixed right out of the box, because it… Read more ›
The netflix client was easy to get running. I watched 'good will hunting' as my first movie. even though it's an old movie, the encoding was first rate. Read more ›
I was impressed right away with the motion remote. WARNING: the LG Apps are aweful... I bought this tv to watch netflix on and other online movies ie: HBOGO,etc. The flash… Read more ›
The web browsing on the TV, is cumbersome at best. The netflix app works great. I installed the server software on my laptop, that came with this TV. Read more ›
Great image quality especially with Netflix and the magic remote works very well and become used to using it quite quickly and it is more efficient for internet TVs than a… Read more ›
Maybe in the near future. The Smart controls are nice, but don't do anything really special. Read more ›
I know my internet connection is fine, for I use other devices on it, so it has to be the tv. And the "magic motion remote" is terrible. It produces a cursor on the screen,… Read more ›
In my 12' by 14' master bedroom the TV…The menus are user friendly and easy to navigate, the magic wand remote works awesome, and the quality of picture is just amazing. Read more ›
While not important enough to truly sway decision making, the magic wand remote control is pretty awesome. It's essentially a wireless mouse, shaped and held like a slender… Read more ›
The menu is very intuitive and easy to navigate and the second remote control is almost perfect, it only requires a few improvement in recalibrating it and avoiding it to… Read more ›
The picture is great, probably because I don't know any better with this being my first HD LCD TV. Setup was easy, and fast. Amazon threw in the magic wand remote, so I'm… Read more ›
I received my TV yesterday and set it up. Set up was extremely easy and user friendly but the best thing about the TV is the picture quality. It is unbelievable. Read more ›
The tv worked fine for a while. Set up was easy, picture and sound quality was great. No complains about it until it it stopped displaying any picture. Read more ›
Works really well with a clear sharp picture and sound. It is easy to put together when taken out of the box. I'm enjoying every moment of it. Read more ›
This tv is marvelous. very easy to set up and the picture is tremendous. I would recomend this tv to anyone. Read more ›
It is every thing it says it is. Picture, Sound, Features, Thin, Nice Bezel, No Buttons, Touch Sensitive, Internet, Internet Games, Easy to set up. Every thing is perfect. Read more ›
LG is a renown manufacturer of quality merchandise, and this is no exception. The price was very reasonable as well. Read more ›
If I need to log onto Facebook on my Tv I have a problem... The apps for Netflix and a couple others are fine.... This Tv for the price is well worth the wait to get it… Read more ›
The picture is great and so is the color. I could not be happier and the price was great. I also like all Read more ›
I purchaced this from Amazon and was very happy with the delivery and shipping (that was free) and the price was far cheaper that buying it here in any store. Read more ›
I am so pleased with this tv. My husband and I were looking for a smart tv at a great price and found it here. I have no regrets with buying this tv! Read more ›
This t.v. has more than met my expectations. The picture is great, the operation is advanced, yet simple, and the price wasn't bad either. You will love the internet and… Read more ›
We love this TV. The resolution is great. The web apps work well, though sometimes the TV has trouble finding the internet connection even though it is connected by ethernet. Read more ›
THE GOOD: The LED screen is awesome. The people look so real. Read more ›
The high definition channels on the TV provide an almost 3D effect on the scenery and actors. The clarity is the best I have seen on any LED TV as well as the color hues. Th… Read more ›
I have very bright sun coming into the window right next to this set and…I have it set at a really big angle so I can see from the kitchen and the resolution is perfect. Read more ›
5. When IronMan 2 just started on Netflix, there was a brief dark screen - at this point the display was horrible, I could see LED white light glowing from random places… Read more ›
The LG 47LV5500 was even better than I expected it to be when I purchased it. The Smart home screen is great way to organize everything I use the TV for on a daily basis. Be… Read more ›
My favorite feature is the…The smart TV features are easy to use (although I honestly only use Netflix and Hulu Plus so I can't really comment on the other stuff much). Read more ›
The picture is clear. The menu is super easy to navigate. I easily connected all my accounts (Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc...) quickly and easily. Read more ›
The sound quality is weak and very low, you have to turn it up very high just to hear it…The internet capabilities through the television is very easy to navigate and use. Read more ›
I don't have this TV set up with a home theatre system, but the audio settings did not appear any easier to use and the explanations of how to do so also looked to be… Read more ›
I am also a big fan of LG's interface. It looks great and is easy to use. The smart TV features are cool though not the most polished. Read more ›
We already enjoyed an LG 42" HDTV and found it much simpler to use than the Sony Bravia. I bought the 55" LG for the family television. Read more ›
I returned the 47" LG TV (it…Its colors were rich, the blue rays were great, but it missed the fine detail, and the Tru-Motion effect that I grew to love. SO, I… Read more ›
And you can obviously tell it's edge-lit because whenever you have…As a result, the black isn't as deep as I had wished or the published contrast ratio may have suggested. Read more ›
Easy setup, intuitive remote. Great picture; color is nearly perfect right out of the box. Got it all at a great price, too. Read more ›
I am noticing a range of colors I didn't see before. The reds are redder, the blues bluer, and the blacks are crisp and sharper USING PRESET BY LG CALIBRATIONS. (Watched… Read more ›
PQ and colors are great when you provide a HD input. Watching movies with bluray is amazing. Read more ›
I went from a 65 inch 1080p 120 DLP Mitsubishi to this 55 inch LG when the DLP had issues with white spots. I thought that the 65 inch had a great picture until I ran a… Read more ›
Not really crazy about the energy saving…The SMART tv works quite well, but as other have pointed out it only has Flash v8 which practically no website uses anymore. LG… Read more ›
This TV is amazing. The LG smart apps are awesome! I was using an Apple TV MC572LL/A (NEWEST VERSION) before and now i dont need to thanks to LG media… Read more ›
Cons - Smart technology is awful, it will not replace a computer or Roku - I still have my computer connected to the tv through an HDMI cord Read more ›
I have not use Netflix, Face book or any of the other wireless options that it…Smart TV is a nice feature and I will use it soon now that I just had U verse installed. T… Read more ›
The Smart TV is pretty cool, I use it for Netflix, but it can be a bit slow. Not a deal-breaker, but I prefer the Netflix interface on the Roku or Xbox much better. Read more ›
The quality is beyond expectation. Set up was very easy and access to the Smart TV is simple to use. Read more ›
The 42" size is perfect for a bedroom or even a family room! The picture is bright and colors are stunning. Read more ›
I was prepared in time to make arrangements to pick it up. It came in good shape and in tact. I did not have any problems with this purchase. Read more ›
Also a very nice size, I was a little worried at first because I wanted to hang my tV above the fire place in the conner and it turned out to be a great size for that… Read more ›
I was a little leery about shipping via Pilot, as I have not heard many good things about them. The TV arrived in perfect shape and on time. I couldn't have been happier. Read more ›
Great TV perfect size for room and easy set up. Though the wireless card they gave me could be a little better it was free so I'm not complaining. Read more ›
I had an old 37" westinghouse…Picture quality is good, size and weight its good, love the resolution, sound its ok, best app is the netflix one, same as ps3 pretty much. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Eric T TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 27, 2011
Size Name: 47-inch
Update 7/6/11: Firmware update 4.0.11 adds hulu plus. This will be of interest to some users.

Nice large crisp picture
Huge number of picture adjustments
Low Power consumption
Includes Wireless Network Adapter that can act as a router
Viewing angle

Not many apps
Had to configure for best image quality for movies
Auto back light becomes annoying (disable it)
Some light bleeding is noticeable on black backgrounds with white text.

Bottom Line:
Nice TV. Remote is easy to use, controls are intuitive. It offers a huge number of picture adjustments for calibration purposes. Lots of inputs, and nice slim design.

The image is nice and sharp (and not overly sharp). Browse the internet review sites to find some values for setting image parameters up for best image quality (or at least a starting point). The "Cinema" mode isn't bad if you turn off the auto back light (this feature turns the back light off for dark scenes, but it is noticeable on this TV model as it is a global back light. The more expensive models have a localized back lights that might be less noticeable.

Power consumption with the back light at max is about 115 watts (nominal) and about 30 watts with the back light off (measured with my Kill-A-Watt). So even though this is a 46.9" TV, the power consumption is less than my older 32" LCD TV that used a fluorescent back light instead of an LED light. Plus it is a lot slimmer because of it.

Wireless network was really easy to setup. I plugged it in, entered my network settings, and was connected immediately. The software/apps are a little slow running, but the Internet stream seems fine (I only have a slow 1.5 mbps connection).
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271 of 293 people found the following review helpful By M. R. Reynolds on April 23, 2011
Size Name: 42-inch Verified Purchase
See my uploaded pictures. I selected this TV based on size and the good picture I saw on this model at Sears. Purchased from Amazon after price shopping. UPS delivered a slightly scuffed up shipping box. The shipping box said it had the AUSYLJR panel. I compared the LG web site contrast ratio to the two different Amazon stated contrast ratio and none agree. Installing the base with eight screws was easy. After my DW assisted me in carefully lifting the TV to the top of my dresser I was ready for the smoke test. But first I noticed a small factory nick on the frame under the protective sticky tape. One star deduction for this blemish. On power up the set went into a simple set up mode but I was stopped cold when it first wanted to scan OTA channels. I hooked up some powered rabbit ears and let it automatically do it's thing. Once that was done I switched the input to an HDMI cable from my cable box and all looked good. It was quite easy getting a WiFi connection. All I had to do was enter my Linky password. Then I clicked on Netflix and got an authorization message. Meanwhile the TV started updating its software which took maybe 10 minutes. After it rebooted I discovered that it erased my Linky password so I entered that again. Now for the Netflix test.

I selected the documentary Restrepo, hooked in my headphones and began the Netflix test. Immediately I was blown away by the video and audio quality I was watching. Trust me. It was outstanding ! !

Second day impression:

The few free LG apps are a joke.
The Facebook app is not very good compared to the Facebook PC web site.
The TV broadcast image seemed a lot darker than I liked so I turned off the energy saving mode which solved the problem.
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148 of 161 people found the following review helpful By dingbat on May 5, 2011
Size Name: 42-inch
Picture quality is great. This is a matt screen and that's a big plus for me. Speakers/audio is acceptable. That's where it stops. The Smart TV and other features which were the main draw for me, are unsatisfactory and poorly executed.

The "Intelligent Sensor" to adjust pic brightness is a bit of a joke - it merely reduces it to the lowest level possible; nothing intelligent about that.

The Netflix streaming app works fine, and is pretty much the only one that works as expected; although it would be nice if LG had streamlined and standardized the menu choices for adjusting picture aspect ratio and video brightness presets (not available from within the app).

The YouTube app is complete garbage.

Hulu: I saw "Hulu" in a lot of the advertising materials but there is no app for it. You can access it via the Plex media server app, (which requires you to have the server running on your connected computer), but the menu steps you have to go thru to get to the show you want are so tedious I gave up, and continue to watch Hulu shows on my laptop. Much simpler. Which brings me to:

The BIG negative! The built in browser is useless without Flash. The LG brochure clearly indicates it does not support Flash Player 10 which is fine. That suggests it comes with an older version of Flash. It appears to come with Flash 9.x according to multiple version-check sites, but I haven't been able to get it to work, Even on LG or Adobe's site.

The menus for setting favorite channels are also tedious and not intuitive at all. There is an Add/Delete button on the Quick Menu - I haven't been able to figure out what it is supposed to do.
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