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5.0 out of 5 stars Good TV for a good price, March 31, 2011
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This review is from: Panasonic VIERA TC-P50ST30 50-Inch 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV (2011 Model) (Electronics)
I have received this set today, and after a few hours of slight tweaking and watching various sources, I have to say I am fully satisfied with it. The picture quality is very good (no green "blobs" of any kind), both 2D and 3D (being fed by DMP-BDT110P 3D player), the 3D glasses set (Panasonic's own "3D Ultimate Pack") works perfectly. The internet-enabled features were easy to setup (thanks to included WiFi USB adapter, which works perfectly with my current home router, Cisco/Linksys E4200) and all of them (YouTube, Netflix, DLNA, etc.) worked perfectly so far. Haven't tested Skype since I don't have necessary Panasonic-branded webcam (the other webcams that I have, including Logitech 9000 Pro, do not work) and I'm not sure if it's really worth it. There are no abnormal noises from this TV set (perhaps mostly due to no moving parts such as fans and stuff), just a very, very slight buzzing, typical of plasma panels, which is not audible unless you completely mute your speakers. That's all I can say so far, since I'm still "playing" with this set.

5/15/2011
Small update: after spending few weeks trying different features I have to unfortunately say that the built-in Netflix performance is somewhat inconsistent. I have been having random problems with sound (skipping/crackling) at random times with it, no matter what I've tried the issues didn't go away. The firmware on TV is the latest currently available. The separate device (Roku player) which I also have plays Netflix movies flawlessly using same exact wired internet connection. Not a big deal to me (I have Roku player for all my Netflix needs), just a warning to people who buy this TV and plan to use the built-in Netflix player.

5/29/2011
New update: Panasonic finally released new firmware (version 2.040), after updating it the Netflix sound issue has disappeared.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2011 8:46:29 AM PDT
C. Boyle says:
Nice review. I was wondering does it play MKVs / DivX etc? And can you play them from USB / USB Harddrives?

Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2011 1:32:30 PM PDT
Randomness says:
I don't know that since I don't have files in such formats... Here's what manual says about the video file compatibility (when being fed by USB or SD card):

* SD-Video Files (SD-Video Standard Ver.1.3)
Modified data with a PC may not be displayed correctly.
* AVCHD Standard compatible files
Modified data with a PC may not be displayed correctly.
* MotionJPEG files (taken with LUMIX)*
* MP4 files (Video codec H.264 | Audio codec MP3/AC-3/LPCM)
* MKV files (Video codec H.264 | Audio codec MP3/AC-3/LPCM)
* MPEG-2 PS files**
* MPEG-2 TS files**
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