I'm in South Australia and I have just ordered the Pana V10A, and am now wondering whether it was the right decision or not after beginning to read these posts.
I haven't been following all of the posts on this thread because I have only just started reading it, but from what I have read it sounds much like the terrible debacle with the Sony Bravia backlighting issues that affected an entire line of Sony televisions. (I only say that because I have vowed that owning a Sony television is now to say the least IMO very hit and miss and thus it surely would have affected a lot of consumers).
If Panasonic don't start dealing with this issue seriously, rather than just sitting around twiddling their thumbs and washing their hands of the collective consumer marketplace, they are going to write themselves out of the television business. Frankly though, if this is the quality of both their products and their service, who would care that much?
The rediculous thing is though, I haven't even recieved my television and I am already considering cancelling the order! The nature of the this problem is such that people don't want to take the risk, so anybody would think that Panasonic would be scrambling to make a fix for this problem.
For all of those V10 or whichever international model correspondends with the 50" V series who are experiencing the increased black levels, would you have made another choice given the opportunity?