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I just noticed this set does not have a TV guide for the OTA stations. Is that true for most TVs nowadays?
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I just noticed this set does not have a TV guide for the OTA stations. Is that true for most TVs nowadays?

Dunno if the other brands still have this, but Panasonic TVs have never had a TV guide. Since the vast majority of Americans have cable or satellite, as well as access to computers and smart phones, i imagine there's not much need for the added expense of having an on-board TV guide.

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Shame on Panasonic then. They could have easily added the TV Guide software since they went through the trouble of installing an ATSC OTA Tuner.

Have to mention that the picture is as good as my Sony 34XBR960 smile.gif
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hey guise,
I'm noticing some pixelation during HD broadcasts of some movement and also in non-HD broadcasts. I guess plasmas produce a bit of pixellation. Can I reduce it by changing the settings for video nr, block nr or mosquito nr? I have fios as my source of HD and non-HD broadcasts. I'm playing around with the settings for video nr, block nr, and mosquito nr to auto/on and I don't really notice anything different. Are there certain combinations of the aforementioned to turn on/off to improve picture quality of non-HD broadcasts without sacrificing too much for HD broadcasts?
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hey guise,
I'm noticing some pixelation during HD broadcasts of some movement and also in non-HD broadcasts. I guess plasmas produce a bit of pixellation. Can I reduce it by changing the settings for video nr, block nr or mosquito nr? I have fios as my source of HD and non-HD broadcasts. I'm playing around with the settings for video nr, block nr, and mosquito nr to auto/on and I don't really notice anything different. Are there certain combinations of the aforementioned to turn on/off to improve picture quality of non-HD broadcasts without sacrificing too much for HD broadcasts?

Make sure u put dnice settings in or cnet.. Or some kind of custom settings. Because before I put custom settings in I had the same problem
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hey guise,
I'm noticing some pixelation during HD broadcasts of some movement and also in non-HD broadcasts. I guess plasmas produce a bit of pixellation. Can I reduce it by changing the settings for video nr, block nr or mosquito nr? I have fios as my source of HD and non-HD broadcasts. I'm playing around with the settings for video nr, block nr, and mosquito nr to auto/on and I don't really notice anything different. Are there certain combinations of the aforementioned to turn on/off to improve picture quality of non-HD broadcasts without sacrificing too much for HD broadcasts?

That's your cable/content, not the TV. All the NR options should be off.
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That shouldn't be. Can you try your PS3 on another tv to see if the problem still occurs? Another suggestion is to hook up a bluray player to see what that looks like.

Well, like I mentioned, it happens on multiple sources... Tivo Premiere, Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player, and my PS3. It did not occur (if it did it wasn't noticeable) with those same devices on my older LCD.
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Well, like I mentioned, it happens on multiple sources... Tivo Premiere, Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player, and my PS3. It did not occur (if it did it wasn't noticeable) with those same devices on my older LCD.

I still think that photo looks normal for something taken right on top of the TV. Maybe you could give a close up and far away shot of the same scene for comparison? Maybe another close up, then something from 5, and 10 feet? Still, dithering isn't something that should be distracting from regular viewing distance, so it's possible your TV may be defective.

"The blue blobs/dots appear to move around when the picture is in motion. It also does so when it's paused but only when set to high panel brightness. Mid panel brightness seems to be ideal, and the only setting that seems to make it better (I've tried changing every single setting the display has) is when I murder the brightness setting about 10 notches below where it should be."

So, was the problem from high brightness or were you just adding that the problem is even worse on high brightness? You don't want to use high panel brightness, period. It creates much stronger dithering on high, not to mention washes out bright scenes.
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I still think that photo looks normal for something taken right on top of the TV. Maybe you could give a close up and far away shot of the same scene for comparison? Maybe another close up, then something from 5, and 10 feet? Still, dithering isn't something that should be distracting from regular viewing distance, so it's possible your TV may be defective.
Sadly, I tried taking a few dozen pictures of it. They just don't come out that well. My cell phone camera downplays the severity of it, so you wouldn't be able to see it from 10 feet (whereas watching it, I can see it from at least 15 feet). And my DSLR can't get a clean picture at all.

Nevertheless, this was taken at the same time from much farther back. You can still see the blue, but it's more blurry so it's harder to notice the severe pixelation:



I spent a lot of time on the phone with Panasonic thinking the TV might be defective, but they don't care since it doesn't happen at their "recommended" brightness setting of 45.

For a long time I thought it was just something plasma-inherent because I saw the same exact thing on a GT30 I had for a while using D-nice settings. If it's just regular dithering, I must be really sensitive to the effect or I got unlucky and got two bad panels - I've tried so many different sources and even replaced my HDMI cables that I just don't know what else it could be.

But, it's really a shame because ever since I got the TV I've found myself avoiding watching stuff that heavily favors darker scenes (i.e. Battlestar Galactica, one of my favorite series ever...) much like I did with my old LCD because of clouding. frown.gif
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So, was the problem from high brightness or were you just adding that the problem is even worse on high brightness? You don't want to use high panel brightness, period. It creates much stronger dithering on high, not to mention washes out bright scenes.
I would never use high panel brightness, but I was obliged to compare what it looked like while rigorously going through the settings and thought it might be useful knowledge knowing it made it worse.
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Yeah I didn't think you used high brightness, just making sure. That image looks particularly bad, but even blu-ray's don't look flawless all the time. Does your TV look like that all the time or only during certain scenes/content? I still think you're just seeing a combination of dithering in dark scenes, and the graininess and pixelation in poor source content. We can try to find something to compare if you want? I have Amazon instant and Netflix.
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@Shocked, are you using D-Nice's settings? I'm guessing that you might have too much blue at the low-end of the white balance, which will give a blue tint at low stimuli (ie darker areas). If you are using D-Nice's settings, try setting all of the White Balance settings to 0 in the pro settings menu, or try lowering the W/B Low B a notch or two. If you still see blue, try Cinema mode set to Warm2 instead. D-Nice's settings will work ok-good on most sets, but not all. A proper calibration might fix it.

Depending on your panel size and gamma setting, 56-58 should be the correct brightness setting in Custom mode with mid panel brightness. I don't recommend lowering it.
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Yeah I didn't think you used high brightness, just making sure. That image looks particularly bad, but even blu-ray's don't look flawless all the time. Does your TV look like that all the time or only during certain scenes/content? I still think you're just seeing a combination of dithering in dark scenes, and the graininess and pixelation in poor source content. We can try to find something to compare if you want? I have Amazon instant and Netflix.
It looks flawless much of the time, it's almost always darker scenes it happens in... but even some of those will look perfect. Or one shot of a darker scene will look fine, the next one will look terrible, the next one will look pretty bad, and back to being fine. All in the same scene.

While it goes back and forth in terms of severity, there are some movies/shows it shows up more frequently on (The Hunger Games for example has a lot of scenes in the second half of the film that look terrible, which was why I had my choice of shots to try and get a picture from - oddly there were many shots that looked worse than the one in the pictures I managed to snap but they didn't photograph as well).

I haven't watched Netflix in a while, and I just got my wisdom teeth out yesterday and am doped up on pain meds or I would probably feel up to go digging up some content. But the funny thing is it happens more on Blu-ray than it does Netflix. I know Blu-rays aren't flawless, but it happens way too consistently on some of my best discs (just going by the video quality scores over at High Def Digest).
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@Shocked, are you using D-Nice's settings? I'm guessing that you might have too much blue at the low-end of the white balance, which will give a blue tint at low stimuli (ie darker areas). If you are using D-Nice's settings, try setting all of the White Balance settings to 0 in the pro settings menu, or try lowering the W/B Low B a notch or two. If you still see blue, try Cinema mode set to Warm2 instead. D-Nice's settings will work ok-good on most sets, but not all. A proper calibration might fix it.

Depending on your panel size and gamma setting, 56-58 should be the correct brightness setting in Custom mode with mid panel brightness. I don't recommend lowering it.
I'm not using D-nice settings, I actually used a C6 and CalMAN5 to calibrate it.

However:

1) In my TV-only calibration, my blue is actually pretty close to where it should be except for shooting up at 60%. If anything, have more red in my lows than I'd like.

2) I have a DVDO iScan Duo I do a second calibration on using Autocal. It gets the values a lot closer than I probably could. (And before anyone yells at me, yes, I've verified the problem exists when I remove the DVDO completely out of the chain and hook the devices straight up to the TV). There's virtually no difference between the Duo calibration and TV-only calibration in terms of this effect. Nor does removing the Duo and resetting the 2-point white balance to default help. frown.gif

3) The strangest part is it's almost always grey, not blue. But I think the fact that it's blue here is one of the reasons I was finally able to actually get a photo of it.
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aren't dnice settings or cnet settings for blu-ray sources? Anyone have settings for OTA or Cable broadcast tv for both HD and non-HD sources? I think NR at auto setting does help with some of the artifacts from non-hd sources.
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aren't dnice settings or cnet settings for blu-ray sources? Anyone have settings for OTA or Cable broadcast tv for both HD and non-HD sources? I think NR at auto setting does help with some of the artifacts from non-hd sources.
Good settings are not source related. They should give you the best picture for whatever you watch. You may have to tweak them to suit you. The auto setting for NR with non HD would be a good example. But you dont need a whole different set of settings for OTA or cable.

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aren't dnice settings or cnet settings for blu-ray sources? Anyone have settings for OTA or Cable broadcast tv for both HD and non-HD sources? I think NR at auto setting does help with some of the artifacts from non-hd sources.
Displays are generally calibrated to industry standards from generated images using calibrated equipment. Practically, that's the best you can do. Trying to calibrate to every public source would be very expensive and would require constant recalibration. Neither our OPPO Blu-ray player or our Comcast STB were involved in the calibration until it was time to check the results. Calibrators like UMR and D-NIce will play DVD or Blu-ray sources that they are very familiar with to check the work that they have done with their tools. Checking with either HDTV or SDTV is hard to do because the material and it's quality is always changing.
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Shame on Panasonic then. They could have easily added the TV Guide software since they went through the trouble of installing an ATSC OTA Tuner.

Have to mention that the picture is as good as my Sony 34XBR960 smile.gif

The TV Guide feature is no longer supported by "TV Guide" aka Rovi.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/11/27/rovi-gemstar-tv-quide-ota-shutdown/
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Ok I've had my tv for about a year now and no issues.................until now. I noticed a small circle-ish image burned in at the top right corner. It's been about three days now and it's still there. I was wondering what I could do to get rid of it before contacting best buy for a warranty replacement. This really sucks cuz I had the ST30 and a bad pixel showed up and now I got a burn in issue with the replacement panasonic. (sigh)
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I read on here somewhere that if it is not gone in 48 hours of watching full screen content ,it is considered burned. If best buy warranties against burn. Why would anyone buy their tv any place else. Jmo
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Ok I've had my tv for about a year now and no issues.................until now. I noticed a small circle-ish image burned in at the top right corner. It's been about three days now and it's still there. I was wondering what I could do to get rid of it before contacting best buy for a warranty replacement. This really sucks cuz I had the ST30 and a bad pixel showed up and now I got a burn in issue with the replacement panasonic. (sigh)
They gave you a newer model because of 1 bad pixel? And now you have burn in right as the new models come out again? Let me know if you get a 2013 because of that burn in because I am going to have burn in every time the new models come out.

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They gave you a newer model because of 1 bad pixel? And now you have burn in right as the new models come out again? Let me know if you get a 2013 because of that burn in because I am going to have burn in every time the new models come out.

Not a newer model, but a similar one according to their stat sheet. My P50ST30 had a bad pixel right in the middle of the screen and it would flash on and off, very annoying. Best Buy came here and said it needs to be replaced but the ST30 was no longer being produced so they gave me the next best model, a Samsung E550, which did not compare to the ST30. I dealt with it for some time and eventually got rid of it for a ST50 (paid for it myself). Here's a vid of the bad pixel.

http://s693.photobucket.com/user/Chriseatsmud/media/SDV_0194.mp4.html

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Look right in the middle, that flashing dot on the old ST30, so annoying LOL. Definitely worth replacing IMO (and BB's). Imagine watching Batman with that crazy flashing pixel. Drove me nuts!

I tried to capture the burn in on my smart phone but it cannot handle the image and shows nothing but flashing screen. I tried......
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Ok I've had my tv for about a year now and no issues.................until now. I noticed a small circle-ish image burned in at the top right corner. It's been about three days now and it's still there. I was wondering what I could do to get rid of it before contacting best buy for a warranty replacement.
Are you seeing the "small circle-ish image" when you watch normal source material? If not, what does it take to see the image?

In order to get burn-in you would need to watch the exact same source with the exact tame fixed image for a long time. It seems logical that under those circumstances you would know where your "small circle-ish image" came from. So far it sounds like you have image retention, and it would help if you could figure out what source caused it.

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The only Best Buy near that has a 55st50 is a display model. Their offering it to me for $899, which would be $962 after tax. Should i Jump on it? Only comes with power cord and remote. No Box
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Are you seeing the "small circle-ish image" when you watch normal source material? If not, what does it take to see the image?

In order to get burn-in you would need to watch the exact same source with the exact tame fixed image for a long time. It seems logical that under those circumstances you would know where your "small circle-ish image" came from. So far it sounds like you have image retention, and it would help if you could figure out what source caused it.

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I do play xbox games on it but I cannot seem to figure out where the image came from. I'm thinking maybe NBA2k11 game but unsure. It looks like a shape of a mushroom. It appears when the screen is bright, like during commercials and things like that. You can't see it during dark scenes.

I ran the slides again all night and now running the image retention slider for a couple hours. I hoping it will disappear.
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Are you seeing the "small circle-ish image" when you watch normal source material? If not, what does it take to see the image?

In order to get burn-in you would need to watch the exact same source with the exact tame fixed image for a long time. It seems logical that under those circumstances you would know where your "small circle-ish image" came from. So far it sounds like you have image retention, and it would help if you could figure out what source caused it.

Click here for suggestions.

I do play xbox games on it but I cannot seem to figure out where the image came from. I'm thinking maybe NBA2k11 game but unsure. It looks like a shape of a mushroom. It appears when the screen is bright, like during commercials and things like that. You can't see it during dark scenes.

I ran the slides again all night and now running the image retention slider for a couple hours. I hoping it will disappear.
Give the games a rest, and concentrate on full screen programming for a while. The Pixar movies are a lot better than running slides or any other gimmicks. You want random aging to eliminate IR.
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Give the games a rest, and concentrate on full screen programming for a while. The Pixar movies are a lot better than running slides or any other gimmicks. You want random aging to eliminate IR.

Aye. Is there any other movies I could try cuz I don't have any pixar movies. I do have netflix though.
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Hey y'all
I'm having some trouble with my panasonic television and was hoping someone could help me out. Basically I am having an issue when I run my playstation 3 through my receiver which is connected to my television. However the tv works perfectly fine when I have the playstation connected directly to the television input. The problem is by doing this, I no longer get 5.1 surround sound from my playstation, for my blu rays. I have contacted panasonic support and they say the problem is the receiver, I have also contacted denon support and they say its the television. The issue is that basically I lose picture for a moment and get this gray static.
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^^^Have you tried a different HDMI cable? Have you checked all of the audio settings in the receiver?

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I'm having some trouble with my panasonic television and was hoping someone could help me out. Basically I am having an issue when I run my playstation 3 through my receiver which is connected to my television. However the tv works perfectly fine when I have the playstation connected directly to the television input. The problem is by doing this, I no longer get 5.1 surround sound from my playstation, for my blu rays. I have contacted panasonic support and they say the problem is the receiver, I have also contacted denon support and they say its the television. The issue is that basically I lose picture for a moment and get this gray static.
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The issue is that basically I lose picture for a moment and get this gray static.

We don't know how often or when that happens. We don't know which TV and AVR you have or how they are connected.

If you are using HDMI cables for your connections and these short static events seem to be happening randomly , then you may be having HDMI handshake problems caused by marginal data transmission. Give us more detail so that we can narrow down the possible answers to your problem.

The fact that connecting your PS3 directly to the TV fixes the problem, makes it sound very much like a HDMI problem that can be happening anywhere in the HDMI chain from your PS3 to the TV. This is all probably leading to the advise to check all your HDMI connections and cables. One way to check the cables is to use each one in the chain to connect your PS3 directly to the TV. If they all work. then look at each connection for any strain in the cable that might weaken one or more of the HDMI connections. Stiff cables with bends close to the connection can cause this problem. If none of that works, then make sure that all your HDMI cables are rated for high speed data transmission.

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