Originally Posted by AZToolman
Don't buy this "Stupid
" TV! You are probally asking why is this guy calling it a stupid TV. Read on. Costco is selling this unit for $649.99 with a $100 off mfg coupon and Sams Club is selling it for $648 In Febuary Costco sold the predisesor model for the same exact price, the TC-P50S30.
You're missing an important point. In February 2012 stores were blowing out the discontinued 2011 models (S30 for instance) for several hundred dollars less than the price they were at when they were first released 11 months prior. The new 2012 U50 is being sold for less than the S30 was when it was first released a year previously so it's actually cheaper than it's 2011 predecessor was a year prior. And it's a MUCH BETTER TV than the S30 could ever hope to be.
But buyers beware as Panasonic is ripping you off. On the new TC-50PU54 they removed features to save money and are charging you the same price.
I don't understand why the rambling rant. Panasonic isn't ripping anyone off. They are not advertising or representing the U54 or U50 as being a Smart TV or having internet capability. There is nothing wrong with offering a low end model that does not have internet capability like their higher models do.
Others may say well its the Big Box model. So I ran over to Best Buy and looked at the TC-50U50 and Panasonic removed the features on this model also.
They didn't remove anything. The U50/U54 are new stand-alone non-internet models that are intended for people who do not care for or want an internet capable TV. They never had internet capability so there's nothing to remove. Why aren't you complaining that they "removed" the Anti-Reflective Filter on the U50/U54 as well? The S30 had this but the U50/U54 do not.
Panasonic, Samsung and maybe others did the same thing hoping you are too stupid to notice. I verified it on the Samsung but didn't have the time to look at other mfgs. What did they do? They deleted the LAN port and Panasonic removed the Viera Tools, you know the internet apps! Amazon movies, gone Net Flicks, gone Yes my friends they are pulling a fast one on the consumer.
So what else did they do? You can step up to the plate and get a Smart TV! For only $350 more you can get the LAN and the internet apps!
Do your home work. If you have to buy one you are stuck. If not send a message, don't buy and let them collect dust on the shelf. Don't buy this STUPID TV. My two cents worth.
People that shop at Costco or Sam's Club are typically older and don't even know that there are TVs out there that can connect to the internet, if they even know what the internet is in the first place. The TVs they've been watching for the past 50 years also do not have internet capability so buying a new TV at Costco or Sams doesn't deprive them of anything since they didn't have it to begin with. If someone wants an internet-capable TV, they're probably savvy enough to make sure the models they're looking are internet-capable.
And who in their right mind would pay an extra $350 just to get internet capability on their TV? If internet capability were that important to me i'd just take that $350 and spend it on a laptop computer from Office Depot and display the internet on the screen via HDMI. Or better yet, spend way less than $350 and pick up an internet-capable Blu-Ray player and watch Netflix and Amazon movies over that and be able to move it to any TV in the house, instead of being stuck watching it on one Smart TV.
And guess what - the best selling Panasonic Plasma models this year are the low-end non-Smart models according to the Panasonic executive that posts on HDJ.