Just received our new Pany TC-L42E60 (42inch, North American) on Friday and installed it with two HDMI and one AV inputs including a ShawDirect (Motorola Satellite 630 PVR and a Magnavox DVR 537)
The install set up is smooth and had us up and running in no time , the internet connection is good.
Its only after the initial set up that one realizes the customization options, unlike Samsung with multiple out of the factory screen calibration modes the Pany has only a few but its all wide open for someone to make changes to their desired settings.
basically very pleased with the TV so far. Image and sound meet our needs. No issues watching EPL Soccer in HD or NHL ice hockey, so it looks like a solid performer for TV sports.
As for the internet and smartTV capabilities, too early to tell. The available 'apps' is meagre and hopefully Panasonic will invest to get more apps in its roster.
The set up and downloading of apps is pretty straightforward,
One issue so far was with the two HDMI inputs that drove us crazy. On day one everything worked fine. On day two suddenly no HDMI input sources worked. After a long and frustrating debugging session where we had no issue with the TV cable channels or the AV input
but the HDMI just did not display anything. Using the source devices analog outputs to confirm they were not the culprit and the TV settings still saying it identified the inputs just left us more frustrated. Suddenly a HCDP (?) error which meant nothing except the false trail of indicating a possible copy protection setting?
In the end the only way forward was to 'rest' the TV to factory settings and do the set up again, which worked, maybe that was not as painful since there are not that many Apps available to install
We have elected to just use the Home theatre settings out of the box for now, but will be very appreciative for custom setting suggestions from the real pros who request this discussion board!
PS: for those with interest in the German language two apps are available to install those from the ARD 'tagesschau' news service and also from the BILD.DE populist newsservice.