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Panasonic VIERA TC-P42S30 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

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  • VIERA Image Viewer (Photo and Video)
  • Energy Star
  • Fast Switching Phosphor
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Technical Details

Size: 42-Inch
  • Built-in Subwoofer
  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Description


Product Description

Panasonic Viera TC-P42S30 42" Plasma TV TC-P42S30 Plasma Displays & TVs

Internet-Ready Television (US Only)

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, 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 TVs, 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.

Note: Panasonic's EASY IPTV™ television applications are embedded and no new apps can be added. Currently available services in Canada are CinemaNow, SHOUTcast Internet Radio, and Facebook.

Napster/Netflix/Pandora/Amazon Instant Video available in US only.

(March 2011)


Simply press the VIERA Tools button on the remote control to directly access a variety of Internet services. Enjoy online music and movies with ease.

Note: In Canada only Facebook™, CinemaNow™, and ShoutCast™ are available.

VIERA Image Viewer

Equipped with an SD card slot, VIERA makes it easy to view full-HD photos and motion images that you shot yourself. Simply insert the SD memory card into the slot, and you're ready to view your photos and full-HD videos on the big screen. You can make your slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive frames. With VIERA's big screen and superb image quality, family and friends will love sharing your memories.


VIERA Link simplifies the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy--simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.

600 Hz Sub-field Drive

Panasonic's 600Hz Sub-Field Drive technology optimizes the input signal at the sub-field level to achieve a remarkable increase in motion-image rendering performance. The addition of Panasonic's new phosphor and redesigned panel structure further improve clarity in moving images.

Deep Colour
Deep Colour

VIERA faithfully reproduces all the colours inherent in today's most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. Use an HDMI cable to connect VIERA to the playback device, and you'll enjoy the kind of rich, vibrant colours that make viewing such a pleasurable experience.

Years of Beautiful Images
Years of Beautiful Images—Long Panel Life (up to 100,000 Hours)

One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor and panel, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That's more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day.

Mercury and Lead Free Panel
Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Panel

Panasonic is committed to making our products friendlier to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

x.v. Colour
x.v. Colour

VIERA models with x.v.Colour compatibility reproduce all of the vibrant colour in images recorded by wide x.v.Colour gamut compatible camcorders. These rich, vivid images are a feast for the eyes.

DLNA / Wi-Fi Ready

Connect a DLNA-compatible VIERA and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA's Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility.

Key Specifications

  • Series: S30
  • Screen type: Plasma
  • Screen size: 41.6 inches
  • Native resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels
  • Shades of Gradation:6,144 equivalent (WSXGA)
  • Moving Picture Resolution: 900 lines
  • HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p
  • EDTV display capability: 480p
  • Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power,Surround Sound
  • Image viewer:Yes (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback)
  • Aspect control: 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill
  • Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW (US only)
  • Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French
  • Energy Star qualified: Yes


  • HDMI: 3 (1 side)
  • Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1
  • Composite A/V: RCA x 1
  • USB: 2
  • LAN Port: 1


  • TV with stand: 26.6" x 40.2" x 12.6" (H x W x D); 49.6 pounds (675 mm x 1,020 mm x 288; 22.5 kg)
  • TV without stand: 25.2" x 40.2" x 2.8" (H x W x D); 41.9 pounds (640 mm x 1,020 mm x 54 mm; 19 kg)

Panasonic 2011 Plasma HDTV Comparison

Full HD 1080p
HD 720p
3D Ready
Motion Picture Resolution
1080 Lines
1080 Lines
900 Lines
720 Lines
THX Mode
VIERA Connect
Wireless LAN
Component (Y/Pb/Pr)
Composite A/V
Digital Audio Output
PC (DSub)
USB 2.0 Port
MP3 Playback
JPEG Playback
MPEG Video Playback

What's in the Box

Panasonic S30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions, quick start guide

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Product Details

Size: 42-Inch
Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 40.2 x 11.4 x 26.6 inches ; 49.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 60.1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004M8SBOS
  • Item model number: TC-P42S30
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,058 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at February 3, 2011
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

394 of 406 people found the following review helpful By Know your stuff before posting on March 29, 2011
Size: 46-Inch Verified Purchase
If you read the 3 star product review, you might think twice. This individual actually sounds convincing. That is unless you've done your homework. I'd like to clarify a few incorrect points that have been made.
- Fast switching phosphors are used in all Full-HD VIERA models for 2011. By reformulating the phosphor materials, afterglow has been minimized and luminous efficiency has been increased. This enables crisp, clear rendering of motion images. A level of efficiency that exceeds our 2010 panels also increases picture quality while lowering power consumption.

Only the top of the line 2010 3D models ($2K) had the fast switching phospors. The neoplasma is literally a promotional "tag". The 2011 3D TV's have a different rib structure in the panel as needed for the seperation of 3D images, specific cross talk cancellation processors to minimize 3D double images, and a specific louvered filter (infinite black) to help keep glare down while keeping the two 3d images clear.

Panasonic streamline the production lines by sharing internal components for 2011.
Cost leader is the 2D 720 "X" model. High end 1080 2D is the 2D "S" model. The only 1080 3D line is the "ST" model. That's it. It's cost effective.
Note that "X" and "S" do not have the pro mode picture setup like the 3D models but don't let that scare you. The 3D models need it to fine tune double imaging.

The 720 "x" model is a fine choice however you will notice a difference in edge glow with blueray IF you know what your looking for. Since most HD TV channels are 720, you'll never know the difference. A lot of people read the old CNET report and live by it and a lot of it is valid. But a one size fits all review between 720 and 1080 is flawed.
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122 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Gee Smart on March 30, 2011
Size: 50-Inch Verified Purchase
The picture quality of this TV is simply excellent. Compared it with more expensive Panasonic "Infinite Black" G model and it's impossible to see the difference in real video content. You need to be in total darkness and have very high quality, low noise signal with large swatches of black and put them side to side to notice a slightly darker black in G models. Of course, just watching TV you will never think I wish blacks were deeper.
I've watched HD programs over the air, from blu-ray, Netflix from Roku, and from PC over HDMI. All modes 480/720/1080 progressive and interlaced displayed perfectly, and TV did a good job upscaling lower resolution to native 1080. No problems with motion, no blurring, no color fading or runoffs. TV does have a slightly lower moving picture resolution 900 lines (vs 1080 lines in top models), but it's quite impossible to notice that without measurements. So sports viewers will be satisfied. Also, on a positive side, the screen is not as glossy as the majority of other plasmas, so reflections are subdued.

I've been using this set for a few days now, so I can't comment on "image retention" problems that previous generations had. Supposedly the phosphors used in this set are improved from previous year, and reportedly they last longer. Just be sure you turn on the "pixel orbiter" to avoid burning in the logos and avoid prolonged display of static images. You can also run "scrolling bar" once a day for 15 minutes for the first week to age the phosphors evenly. Not all plasma owners believe a break-in period is necessary for the later generations of plasma TVs, and no plasma manufacturers now suggest their sets require break-in.

The description Amazon (and it looks now they removed it) seemed to suggest that TV had a built-in Wi-Fi.
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179 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Curtis G VINE VOICE on March 12, 2011
Size: 42-Inch Verified Purchase
**Please note that I am reviewing the TC-P42S30. I feel obliged to mention this because in some cases, Amazon has migrated the reviews of a particular product to the newer version's page. I just want to avoid confusion--and snippy comments.**

I am the ecstatic owner of a Panasonic TC-L32X2 32-Inch 720p LCD HDTV with iPod Dock, so when it came time to move up to a 42" set for the living room (and move the 32" to the bedroom to replace the 27" tube TV), I mostly confined my search to Panasonic. I had considered the previous version of this unit because it was highly rated on Amazon, as well as slightly less expensive, but I decided to take a chance on the newer model--even though it's so new that it has no ratings or reviews. (As of 3/27/11, however, this unit is less expensive.)

I ordered this TV on a Saturday and received it via delivery truck on Wednesday. Setup was painless (it is pretty heavy, though). I was pleasantly surprised to see that it supports Internet connectivity (although it wasn't something I was looking for, the concept has really grown on me), but less pleasantly surprised to learn that the wireless dongle (Panasonic DY-WL10 Wireless LAN Adapter for select Panasonic Viera HDTVs and Blu-Ray Disc Players) is another $99. For that much, I think I'll run a LAN cable. [I did; see below. Also see the comments for another wireless alternative.] I'm using the three HDMI ports for my Verizon FIOS set top box,
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