Warning - RANK NEWBIE!!!!
I've been planning on getting a 50" Panasonic plasma TH50PX60U in the near future but after reading in the forums I've started considering the commercial TH50PH9UK.
Whichever set we get it will be used more or less as a regular tv...watching news programs, tv series like CSI/LAO, misc. movies, "made for television" shows , and the occasional dvds. There will probably be a good bit of 4:3 (OTA) viewing (not for the first 100 hours, though) though hopefully the local stations will continue to add HD content...one day I actually hope to drop DirecTV completely, will probably rent/buy more DVDs then. Anyhow...
Inputs will be from satellite, OTA antenna (emphasis here), DVD player, and the occasional cam-corder (RCA) hook-up.
With the 60U I would basically have everything I needed in a "consumer" oriented package but with the 9UK it seems I will need to purchase some extra boards, etc.,. Have heard mention of "blades"???...interfaces of different types, I'm presuming????
Could someone share with me what extras I would need to purchase to get the 9UK up and running to handle the things I mentioned above? I don't need state-of-the-art videophile electronics, but something that would do a good job. Also, recommendations on a stand mount would be good being as the location isn't favorable for a wall-mount.
Lastly, using the set for the purposes I stated above, will I benefit from choosing the 9UK over the 60U? If I intended to purchase an extended warranty with the 60U it looks like if I bought the 9UK that the "free" extended warranty would basically pay for the additional boards/accessories that I would need. In other words...if I bought the 9UK then I could use the money that I might have spend on a 60U extended warranty to buy the "blades" or whatever.
I would really appreciate any help you can give me as this is a very BIG purchase for us and I'm learning slowly.
BTW, I hope my expertise with the technical jargon doesn't intimidate too many of you! Any tips, suggestions, recommendations, unmarked $100 bills (will take $20's, too!), etc., will be readily accepted!