Originally Posted by tulinoc
Another newbie here. Just got off the phone with Panasonic and the guy told me the 60U would be available next week and the 600U would be available in late April or early May. I asked the difference between the two (I read as much of this thread as possible to find the answer to this question) and he said the 60U does not have a CableCard slot (I probably wouldn't use this anyway since I want PPV option), less speakers (won't use those either since I'll be going thru my HT receiver), no front/side jacks (won't use those as all cables will be run from the back). Am I missing something else? Other than what is listed, are these identical TV's? I'd just as soon save the extra $500 and get the 60U.
600's also have PC input. You could get around that if you still wanted to hook up a PC, but I think it's a less optimal arrangement. This could all change with the new UDI standard recently introduced by Intel and Apple (if it flies). As I understand it, the UDI is completely compatible with HDMI, but TV makers don't have to pay a royalty fee to the HDMI licensing agency, which makes it cheaper to implement. Eventually, PCs will be plugged into HDMI/UDI ports, so content providers can maintain copy protection while users get full HD.
The PC input is what keeps me from getting the 60. I just want the flexibility to add in a computer if and when it becomes a more useful input device. Then again, if this new UDI standard comes out, could make it all happen with another HDMI input. But then I will need 3 inputs, not just 2!