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Panasonic VIERA TC-P50U50 50-Inch 1080p Full HD Plasma TV (2012 Model)

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  • Refresh Rate: 600 Hz, Full HD
  • Media Player (Movie and Photo Capable)
  • Fast Switching Phosphors
  • TV without stand (Width x Height x Depth): 46.7-Inch x 28.2-Inch x 2.5-Inch, TV with stand (Width x Height x Depth): 46.7-Inch x 29.9-Inch x 10.5-Inch
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Technical Details
Brand NamePanasonic
Item Weight53 pounds
Product Dimensions52.5 x 10 x 33 inches
Item model numberTC-P50U50
Batteries:2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
Specification MetEnergy Star
Special FeaturesBuilt-in Subwoofer
Frequency Response Curve60
Technical Specification
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #37,017 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight55.2 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableMarch 30, 2012
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  • Built-in Subwoofer
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Product Description

The U50 is the lone non-3D in Panasonic's 2012 HDTV Plasma model line-up. The model features 1080p Full HD resolution, fast-switching phosphors, media player, and 600Hz sub-field drive.

Operate Multiple Systems with Just One Remote Control through VIERA Link

The U50 features VIERA Link, a technology that allows a consumer to operate all VIERA Link compatible AV components using only the TV’S remote control. In addition to operating a VIERA HDTV, video source, and home theater receiver can be connected to a VIERA HDTV and controlled via VIERA Link remote. Users can then watch their child, pet and/or property by installing the camera and networking to the VIERA HDTV via Ethernet cable.

A Large Screen Full HD All-Round Performer: A Suite of Technologies

600Hz Sub-field Drive
Panasonic uses its own unique image-analysis technology. This technology converts the motion in each scene into data; and each framd is virtually displayed in a shorter length of time, to create crisp images.

Game Mode
Games are much more fun when there's no lag in operation. Select "Game Mode" under the picture mode option and VIERA automatically chooses settings that provide the optimal image, so you get super-fast response and no delays. Even dark scenes with delicately rendered details are beautiful and easy to see.

Media Player
Simply insert an SD Memory Card or USB memory stick into the slot to enjoy previously saved photos, video clips and music on VIERA's large screen. You can also add frames and other effects to your photos and videos, and create slide shows complete with background music. A wide variety of formats are supported, so you can listen to PC-based music files and web movies right on your TV.

Skype Communication

An optional Skype Communication camera (TY-CC20W) allows the consumer to communicate with friends and family via a large TV, rather than on a small computer or smart phone screen.  Record an original message and set it as your answering voice message. Callers can record messages onto the SD Memory Card*, while you are away. *Minimum 512MB required

Environmentally Friendly

Panasonic’s commitment to sustainability and producing products that are ecologically sound is evidenced in the 100,000 hour life span of the Plasma Display panel and the lack of lead or mercury in the panels. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor process and rear panel process, Panasonic's 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. Plus with Eco Mode, Panasonic TV's turn off and adjust brightness depending on the VIERA's operating status. Settings can be configured by selecting Eco mode from VIERA Tools. The Power Save setting also adjusts screen brightness to reduce power consumption.

Inputs/Outputs : 2x HDMI Audio/Video In (Rear), 1x USB 2.0 Audio/Video In, 1x RCA Composite Video In, 1x RCA Composite Audio In, 1x RCA Component Video In and  1x RCA Component Audio In.

Dimensions (WxHxD) : 46.7 x 28.2 x 3.3 Inches (without stand),46.7 x 29.9 x 10.5 Inches (with stand), Weight-49.6 lb / 22.50  kg Without Stand,51.8 lb / 23.50 kg With Stand.

2012 Panasonic VIERA Plasma HDTV Comparison Chart

Models: 50", 55", 60", 65"
High Definition Resolution
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
1080p Full HD 3D
720p HD 3D
1080p Full HD
Mercury and Lead Free Panel
Long Panel Life
Game Mode
Media Player (SD, USB, DLAN via LAN)
SD Card Slot
2D-3D Conversion
w/Face Detection
w/ Face Detection
Wi-Fi Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Ready
Wi-Fi Ready
DLNA (via LAN)

Smartphone Remote Function*

Fast Switching Phosphors

VIERA Connect

2500 Focused Field Drive

Skype Communication

Social Networking TV


Infinite Black Panel w/ Louver Filter
Pro Settings

3D Real Sound
24, 576 Shades of Gradation

THX3D Certified

VIERA Touch Pad Controller

96Hz Playback of 24p


Online Movies

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Picture was great on the television and my only complaint was a loud hum that would occasionally come out of the television set. Read more ›
Picture is amazing. Best in room w/o too many windows as light reflections on screen can be seen. Read more ›
Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for this unit. The picture quality is outstanding and the black levels are oh-so-deep. I have a sharp Sharp LC-80LE844U downstairs--I… Read more ›
Now that it is working again, I love this TV. Picture is great. I took off one star because the way the HDMI and coax oulets protrude from the back make it harder to mount… Read more ›
I've had it now for a few months and have to say I made the right decision. The picture is great. Read more ›
It's a new world for them! The picture is fantastic! It is super light, so my elderly parents can move it if they need to, and it looks really nice in their house. Read more ›
"The picture looks great!" That being said. Again for the price it is a solid TV with a good picture. I could have spent more and gotten a higher quality picture. Read more ›
This tv is the best for the price the picture is outstanding. The price was low and the shipping was fast. I will be sticking to Panasonic from now on Read more ›
If she knew I posted this review she would have me…The picture to price was too awesome to pass up, so I am keeping the TV, and will train myself to ignore the reflections. Read more ›
I bought this TV because: (1) I have had good luck with Panasonic products, (2) it does not have the "features" that add to the complexity and cost, (3) the… Read more ›
Good tv for a good price. this tv works well. My room is dark so I cant speak to the dim complaints by some. plasmas have the best picture. Read more ›
This is a basic plasma and has an incredible price. Want to buy another but the pricing keeps going up. Read more ›
I wasn't sure I was gonna like plasma because I have LCD and…The colors are great and I am crazy satisfied with the size, weight and usability of everything about this TV. Read more ›
I highly doubt you'll find a plasma with a better image for the price. Once calibrated, the color accuracy is quite good, and it's a very dependable, basic 2D TV. No weird… Read more ›
we first saw the Panasonic 60" U50 at a Best Buy and were blown away by the color and the blacks. The blacks were so deep. But BB wanted over 1k for it that was too… Read more ›
Once u get some sunshine in, ull start noticing annoying glares as expected. Colors are rich with no sign of bleeding. Im especially impressed with the darks..but at first… Read more ›
The picture is stunning. The blacks are deep, the colors are realistic. It's hard to pass this up for the price. Read more ›
A couple of things to think about is the room you…I have to admit that this isn't the brightest tv out there, but the color is very good and picture quality is excellent. Read more ›
Got them within 2 days and had it setup in less than 2 minutes...including moving the TV out from the wall and…Picture is awesome and the sound now is pretty fantastic. Read more ›
The sound from the TV speakers is not great, but I guess that goes with the territory with flat screens these days. You will want to hook it up to a sound system (but don't… Read more ›
I have it in my bedroom and it is on all day as I have to lie down quite often. Didn't have to change any settings and the speakers are great. This is certainly a BEST… Read more ›
There is only a few times…The sound is not good like most flat screen TVs and pairing these TVs with at least a soundbar is nearly considered standard procedure these days. Read more ›
Picture quality is good. Sound is good. Color is quite good. Read more ›
With the cnet settings (just google it), the picture is as good as anything I ever saw. Sound is perfectly fine for the average user. If you put this is a normal sized room… Read more ›
Things I wish this TV was better at: - It buzzes a bit, particularly when the screen is brighter than when it is not. It can't typically be heard over standard volume, but… Read more ›
This TV has far surpassed our expectations. The clarity is fantastic You see things on the screen like you were there. It almost looks 3 D. Why we waited I don't know it is… Read more ›
Although changing from a 10-year-old projection tv to a 1080p tv would be an obvious improvement in picture…The picture is simply superb and the clarity is unbelievable. Read more ›
- The price. - The screen is huge. - Colors are realistic. Read more ›
The screen was broken before I ever I got use the TV. I was so disappointed and never got to see the picture on it. Read more ›
PICTURE: Clarity, colors, and resolution are outstanding - but I expected nothing else. Read more ›
I didn't get a clear sense of this before ordering. The delivery and set up were great. Read more ›
The reviews were solid and I could find a better deal so we went with this TV and glad we did. Setup was easy and I am not good at technical stuff. The picture is really… Read more ›
Sound is spectacular, and the picture is perfect with many options for brightness levels. Setup was very easy. This set is used mostly for movies streamed from broadband. Read more ›
This 50 inch set is big enough and the picture is so much better than my old set, I…Set up was easy, since the delivery man unpacked it and made sure it was working. A… Read more ›
I could care less about 3D and WIFI so the U50 fit the bill…It was easy to set up and though it doesn't have a lot of picture adjustments you still get a great picture. T… Read more ›
Counting the ones I bought to go in the office at my last job, this is my ninth plasma set, all…Not only is their picture beautiful, they're easy to set up and use. For… Read more ›
The "VIVID" default factory picture setting for this model is great....I had to play around w/ the picture setting for my Samsungs (which I love), but out of the box this… Read more ›
Changing the setting made a world of difference. The Cinema setting is good, but you can also select "custom" and adjust to you preferences. Read more ›
I have to say it was extremely easy. They scheduled an in home repair the next week and replaced the board that causes the common problem with this model. That problem is… Read more ›
I did tons of research prior to this purchase and was also told by many in store employees that "burn in" and "image retention" is…Well, this model is different apparently. Read more ›
I own the 60" as the 2013's are already out so I was able to find this on sale at…The Picture is amazing, and being a big gamer the "game mode" is a really nice feature. Read more ›
It buzzes. The more white or the brighter the setting, the louder the electronic buzz in makes. You can hear it across a big room. Read more ›
The size is good. The picture quality is very good. Read more ›
The picture is crisp and clean. The size is perfect other than my wife was a little motion sick at first. Specially sense we have a small place which puts us close to the tv. Read more ›
We bought this tv during Black Friday sales. It was $599, which is amazing for this size and quality TV. We were a little worried about it being damaged in shipping, but… Read more ›
The TV arrived on 1/11/13. The box was in perfect shape. There was not one marl on it. Read more ›
We love this TV, it's phenomenal. 60 inches is a fantastic size. The quality is stunning, and what an amazing deal. Read more ›
Due to the funny shape of our room (why the ability to the TV to work great from many angles was important to me) we need to have the TV mounted to an articulating wall… Read more ›
Setup was quick and easy, picture is excellent, sound is above average for built in TV sound (other brands really cut corners here), remote is intuitive, and we are… Read more ›
+ USB and SD slots for additional media viewing; though the kinds of files supported is limited. + The remote control is decent + Just love the box Read more ›
The frame, stand, and remote are all well thought out, and if you're not after the 3d or other smart TV options, this one really delivers in pure home entertainment. Include… Read more ›
I really like that the view is great from multiple angles, even from the side. The set up and menu prompts are very easy to understand. During my research for a new TV, I… Read more ›
Guy comes out, says the picture is terrible, changes the control unit, which is huge (it basically IS the TV), then steps back and says that the picture is still terrible,… Read more ›
Lots and lots of glare. Very few hook ups and a simple interface make it easy to use. Read more ›
I do have some glare issues with certain lights on in the house not that bad though. Remote control is easy to operate. Only has 2 hdmi and on set of rca jacks though. Read more ›
I turned on The Lion King and the picture blew me away - it was spectacular! The controller is easy to use, with nice, large buttons. I like that if we were watching a… Read more ›
The remote is easy to use, though after setup, I immediately set it aside and am using my trusty Harmony One universal instead. Read more ›
Lots and lots of glare. Very few hook ups and a simple interface make it easy to use. Read more ›
All the features on this tv are excellent and easy to use. as far as hdmi goes i got an hdmi switch. from avio yes a little pricy for this brand as it came to $54 but its… Read more ›
Bought this Thanksgiving day…My only disappointment is in the reflectivity of the glass, makes it difficult to view without reflection unless the room is completely dark. Read more ›
Now that I've had a good chance to view it for a while, the colors are great, the sound is really good and I love the features of changing the colors based on what you are… Read more ›
Please, PLEASE, don't undermine the clarity,…Out of the box the TV settings were fine, but with minor tweeks, I was able to adjust it perfectly for my viewing pleasure. T… Read more ›
I know there are more expensive plasma TVs that handle blacks better and whatnot, but for the price of this TV,…Sound quality is more than good enough for casual viewing. Read more ›
Again, the thing that really made me prefer the Panasonic Plasma TV…The Panasonic Plasma was simply more comfortable to watch and much more pleasing to the eye overall. Read more ›
All of the pieces except one are in one bag, and the one other piece (a plastic trim cover) is in the bag with the remote…The stand is very well constructed and solid. Read more ›
The connections are on the left side (facing the TV)…The TV sits on a very sturdy, well built stand giving it only about 1/8 of play when pushed by my hand from the top. Read more ›
The Panasonic has a fantastic stand. Televsion is very stable. Read more ›
This tv is great for under $700! Beautiful colors and a nice stand that bolts on. Very nice picture and great video game performance. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

189 of 197 people found the following review helpful By Thigpen on May 31, 2012
Size Name: 50-inch
This is the best TV I tried out over the last 30 days. I wanted to stay around $800 which is fairly easy these days if you dont need a smart/3D TV. I have Google TV and love it.
I took advantage of Best Buy's 30 day return policy with no questions asked.
I went into the store and every geek squad guy said that Panasonic Plasma is the way to go.

I went against their recommendation due to brand loyalty and got the 50" LG Plasma Model 50PA5500. This TV was fine, but the white levels just couldnt hit the mark(seemed dirty) without compromising the blacks.

I then returned it and wanted to try a LED TV. I bought the Samsung 46" LED Model UN46EH6000FXZA. At first glance the LED was great (esp when there wasnt fast movement), then the picture started to annoy me. I went through multiple picture adjustments and could not get rid of the tracers, and the picture seemed a little jerky. Im sure a LED with a higher refresh rate wouldve be a lot better, but Im not paying for it.

After those 2 a came back and got this Panasonic, and couldnt be happier. After testing the market I realized I initially over reacted to the reflection of the Plasma glass screen(mainly because I was aware of it being an issue so I would stare at the reflection at every dark scene). This TV did not require hardly any advanced settings tweaking like the hours I spent on the other 2 models. I have 2 settings I currently like; one for sports and one for movies. Eventually Ill get it to one picture.
This TV has very good whites, very good blacks, and the onscreen movements are extremely fluid. My wife was enamored with the brightness of the LED, but we found a good meeting point. The life-like crisp picture definitely makes up for that.
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132 of 140 people found the following review helpful By appoloosa on May 10, 2012
Size Name: 50-inch
Sorry Amazon, I didn't buy it online, picked it up locally at Sam's Club for less, but hopefully what I have to say will convince more people to buy this model the Panasonic P50U50. It's the newest Plasma technology, my build was April 2012, it used Panasonic's Brand new Nano Plasma screen which is absolutely amazing, it runs cool uses 100 watts, the Nano Screens are rated for 100,000 hours and has none of the problems of the older Plasma screens and when you compare this to an LCD or LED it's striking the difference, even the cats are amazed they keep trying to touch things on the screen. Have to wipe their paw prints off my new never had that problem with my old DPL TV it replaced. This TV does NOT have WIFI or 3D built in, however almost all of the new Blue-ray players have all of that built in and if you want the Internet go with a Ruko or Google TV box for less that $100.00 you will have more Internet applications than you know what to do with and the ability to search the Internet unlike the proprietary apps built into the expensive TVs which are very limited. Now let me tell you about the features Panasonic forgot to mention that this TV has ....guess they are trying to play down the less expensive TVs, it does have Picture Presets and Color Presets and a lot of Audio adjustments including Surround Sound which I'm using, gives a wider sound effect, now it's not going to shake your glass in your windows, but we found it to quite good, it has plenty of HDMI and component hookups and a Panasonic exclusive the SD card reader, we like that feature, it has a Light Sensor and Volume Leveler too, keeping those commercials from blasting you out. Overall a very nice THIN about 2" thick TV and well worth the $748.00 we paid for it at Sam's Club which BTW you must pick-up in store, so unless you have a big vehical, I'd recommend having shipped free from a reputable online seller like Amazon. PS get ready to share it with your cats.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By K. Blackwood on November 3, 2012
Size Name: 60-inch Verified Purchase
I shopped around locally & on the internet and could not beat the price for this. I liked that it is a name brand and also it offered free shipping with my Prime membership. I was concerned that the description did not list it as "wall mountable." None of the reviews mentioned anything about this so I hope my experience will help any future buyers who want to wall mount their set.

After some research I found that it is wall mountable but that it does not conform to the Vesa standards. Vesa makes it easy to buy a wall mount for your television. If the television lists the Vesa bolt pattern you can then easily pick out the correct wall mount. I went to the panasonic site and it lists the wall mount model as TY_WK5P1RW. Great, but I could not find a place to buy that model! A Google search for it brought up the "Cheetah Mounts APTMM2B Flat Screen TV Wall Mount Bracket for 32-65-Inch Plasma LED LCD TV" here on Amazon. Its description states it is a universal type mount that will fit most bolt patterns. I ordered this wall mount.

There are bolt patterns on the mount that did line up with the bolt holes on the TV. The catch is that none of the bolts that came with the wall mount fit into the holes on the TV itself! I had to go to the hardware store for them. So be prepared and buy these first. You need M8 screws, 4 of them. "minimum depth of 0.67" (17.00 mm) maximum depth of 1.46" (37.0 mm) I consider this more the fault of the television manufacture than the wall mount manufacture. The VESA standard is common these days and if they can't use that they should have at least included bolts that fit into the television. However, that may be the reason they did not advertise this set as wall mountable.
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