That's really odd. I can't recall seeing that viewing angle limitation on plasmas. I guess if it's only up close, it's not too bad...except for kids that like to hang out close and low.[/quote]
That looks like the top-bottom louver effect of the screens black filter. If so, I obsessed over this becoming a problem with my C8000 pre-purchase, but it was never an issue with any of my standing, sitting, lying-down viewing angles the past 2+ years.