Originally Posted by Anodyne
My parents are in the market for a new TV and 42" is as big as they can go for the space they have. .....internet apps (just Netflix really) would be nice. ......
As already suggested, Ignore "Apps" feature on TV - you are better off buying an external box.
If they have to go smaller, I would recommend the Samsung 43'' 450 series. The X5 Panny doesn't seen to offer the same quality as their former entry level 768p TV's, especially in terns of black levels and color accuracy.
As the owner of 3 Panasonic Plasma sets, have to (sadly...) agree with this advice. We stopped recommending 768p Panasonic sets a couple of years ago, whereas previously felt they represented great bargains (50" & under).
Don't know whether LG makes a 42" Plasma set currently, but - if so - would at least take a look at it to see what features it offers.
One thing that I do not recall seeing mentioned: What is their Viewing Distance, and how good is their Eyesight?
Some viewers will notice a "Screen Door Effect" when sitting "too close" to a 768p panel - and the definition of "too close" seems to vary widely from viewer to viewer. Recall reading that the "typical" LR viewing distance is somewhere between 9 - 12 feet, & SDE shouldn't be a problem with a 42" screen at those distances.
Personal preference is Beyond 7 Feet for a 1024x768 42" panel, even though can "see" SDE on some content from farther away.
(Or Beyond 9 Feet for a 1366x768 50" panel. Alas, Panasonic cheapened their 50" panels to only 1024x768 a few years ago, and the reduction is painfully obvious.)