Summary: First off as a background, I view HD programs on this TV from a FIOS subscription. I also watch blu-ray movies and play games using PS3. It has only been 10 months and the price of this TV (TH-50PX600U) has dropped to more than half. I purchased mine from BB for $3,200++ on September last year with 36 months, 0% financing .
Summary: This is a good 720p TV for a good price. However, I found the black levels could be a little better. It also gives off a lot of heat. I have a Sumsung 1080P and when hooked up to my Toshiba HD-A20 1080p DVD player produces a better picture than this TV.
Summary: Just got this 50" Panny on Father's Day. It was a terrific Father's Day gift to myself. I was torn between this 1080i plasma and the new 1080p, but the new models cost twice as much and there is no 1080p programming, unless you have a blue ray or HD dvd player. Some say go with 1080p to future proof your tv. However, since the major network just spent millions buying 720p/1080i cameras, I'm doubtful 1080p will appear soon.
Summary: The picture and sound are outstanding. The cable card does not work, after three attempts by my cable company and a firmware update sent from the company Panasonic has established a case # for me and will arrange for a repair person to come to my home. It will not display ABC or CBS in high definition. Interestingly enough the new plasmas will not have cable cards. Also the IR blaster is cumbersome at best.
Excerpt: A lot of further research took placed, carefully examining various TV''s in various stores. Brands research included Pioneer, but I finally settled on good old reliable Panasonic. I''ve had two of their CRT units over the last 20 years and only got rid of them to upgrade, never had a problem, however, I was concerned because their Plasma''s have not one but three cooling fans at the back.