Freesat-friendly TVs look set to go from niche forward thinking toys for gadgeteers to a mainstream concern in 2010, especially as the rival Freeview HD service gears up for release. So is the Panasonic TX-P42G15 a decent stab at this growing genre? Or a pointless plasma alternative to the LCD Sonys on offer? Read our Panasonic TX-P42G15 review and we’ll give you our tuppence worth.
It’s hard to really find fault with the Panasonic TX-P42G15. This plasma TV is rammed with top draw features to satisfy both home cinema buffs, web TV fanatics and HDTV noobs alike. As well as the expected 1080p resolution, it also manages to handle the aforementioned Freesat tuner and DLNA capabilities for streaming TV over your home network.
Let’s deal with the basics first. The picture on the Panasonic TX-P42G15 is absolutely great, offering lush, bright colours without compromising the deep blacks we’ve become used to from Panny’s very best tellies. While out of the box the picture is a bit too much to deal with, it can be easily tinkered with in the menu to set it up to a less brash view.
With a massive 600Hz thrown in as well, the Panasonic TX-P42G15 can handle speedy car chases and fast-moving football games with aplomb, outdoing even its nearest LCD rivals.
But it’s Freesat that’s the headline feature in the Panasonic TX-P42G15. The increasing propensity to include the HD service is something we’re very fond of and until Freeview HD starts rolling out, the only way to get hi-def TV without paying a fortune every month. Access to BBC and ITV HD means you can watch regular shows as well as get geared up for next summer’s World Cup.
The addition of DLNA is also welcome, with access to your PC’s TV shows as well as the ace Viera Cast service and its welter of apps. If you’ve got a spare few hundred quid and want a plasma TV with all the trimmings, then the Panasonic TX-P42G15 is the way forward.