First post, and it's very much one of desperation. Let's just say I'm looking forward to the opportunity to purchase one of Dane's PMCv1 devices. My TC-P42S1 apparently crossed another black level threshold this evening and it's now terrible. Black doesn't really even exist on this panel anymore (see pic taken earlier this evening, no signal on an HDMI input in a nearly dark room...utterly pathetic). I have to get another 5 or 6 years out of this TV and can't afford to chuck it--which I most certainly would if I could spare the money for a new set. I'll never buy anything from Panasonic again (though if I understand news reports correctly, that may just resolve on its own).
Anyway, thank you Dane for your efforts and hard work on this! I'm sure there will be a lot of happy Panny owners as a result very, very soon.