Does anyone have any recommendations for dealing with IR on the new Panasonics? I have noticed that with both the first ZT I had and now the VT I switched to, they are extremely susceptible to IR in the way neither my F4500 or F8500 Samsungs ever were. In every OTHER way the Panasonics seem to blow the Samsung out of the water, but this is a major weakness. My TV stays on a lot of the time and much of my watching actually isn't movies but rather networks like HGTV, History and Velocity. Both HGTV and History have absurd logos they run constantly and after only a couple of days and a few hours a day on HGTV I can already make out the faint image of the HGTV logo hours and hours later. This never occurred with the Samsungs. I also remember CNET had an "accidental" IR test happen one night when a test disc they were using reverted to its main menu and all the TVs in their test bed were stuck on it for over 8 hours. The Samsung recovered but I guess whatever Panasonics they had in there did not.
What's worse, I watch podcasts from the TWiT network almost daily, and those can be 1 to a few hours long. The lower thirds have a lot of bright text and static images that get rotated in and out, but not that much. So it seems for my type of viewing habits, this is just going to be an issue I'm going to have to get creative with if I want to keep using a Panasonic TV.
What I'm thinking is that I may have to run the screen wipe function on some kind of regular basis, maybe once a week. But I have no idea how long it needs to run to be effective. Any suggestions on this are welcome. Otherwise I am probably just going to exchange again and move down to a plain jane S60 that is in a more disposable price range that I won't really care too much about IR with. I care about image quality enough that I don't want an LCD, and I care about shadow detail enough that I prefer Panasonics even with my light movie watching. But I don't want to deliberately damage such a high end TV as a VT60 by my viewing habits.