WARNING: I had to come back up to warn of a long post.
I stumbled upon this forum doing research to find my perfect (first) hdtv. I was looking at Toshiba 42HL167 and LG 37/42LB5D but I was concerned about the problems reported in their respective threads. I learned here that no TV is perfect and defect-free (I should have known better, I am in software development and my wife in manufacturing... insight) but as I was going through this thread for the last few days (phew! I caught up yesterday), I decided that this would be the TV I would 'invest' in. Mostly, because of the customer service (thank you Daveinga and PhilipsTV) and the ability to upgrade firmware over USB, which I haven't seen in other models.
I understand the delays in fixing (and testing, as I am in QA) known issues, and I have to say that PhilipsTV and Daveinga are doing a wonderful job taking notes of the issues and passing them onto development, and then keeping us on the loop. It seems like they have their hands full outside of this forum at the time, but hopefully they will be able to spare us some minutes to keep us up to date.
So anyway, after several weeks in research, I decided I would buy this TV so a couple of days ago I took the wifey to the electronics store to convince her this would be a good buy. She was sold, so yesterday I went to 3 BB with the online price and 12% coupon in hand, asking for both discounts... they didn't buy it in the first two stores, than in the third one, the rep told me he would do it, so I applied for my BB card to get financing, and when a different guy was processing my order (had him match the online price first), when he scanned the 12% coupon, it automatically (or at least that's what it looked like) made the discount from the regular price. So I left it at that.
Even so, it cost me $0.96 more than the 37LB5D on Crutchfield (same 30 day return, great customer service and technical support, I hear; and free shipping, no tax). We came back with a 42PFL7432D/37 that I have not even opened yet (can't wait) because I have another home project putting ceiling fans (not as fun), but hopefully will have time soon to check the panel and play around with the settings. I am going to check if Blockbuster online has an Avia or Dve and I will post the setting if I find them.
Sorry for the long post. Thanks a lot for all the information.