Panasonic VIERA TC-P42S30 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV

Panasonic Viera TC-P42S30 42″ Plasma TV TC-P42S30 Plasma Displays & TVs

Internet-Ready Television (US Only)

Internet-Ready Television

Internet-ready TVs use your broadband connection to deliver dynamic content, whether it’s streaming video from Netflix, new music from Pandora, or a quick glance at today’s weather forecast.

Although there is overlap, each manufacturer offers a unique bundle of free or paid services, including streaming video and music, social networking apps, online photo galleries, news and financial updates, weather info, sports scores, and a variety of other smartphone-like applications.

Manufacturers continue to add new content to their offerings, keeping customers current through firmware updates, and making a bit of research a prudent step in your buying decision.

Learn more about Internet TVs, how they work, what services are offered by different manufacturers, and exactly what you’ll need to get started at our Internet TV 101 customer center.

Note: Panasonic’s EASY IPTV™ television applications are embedded and no new apps can be added. Currently available services in Canada are CinemaNow, SHOUTcast Internet Radio, and Facebook.

TC-P42S30 EASY IPTV Napster/Netflix/Pandora/Amazon Instant Video available in US only.

(March 2011)


Simply press the VIERA Tools button on the remote control to directly access a variety of Internet services. Enjoy online music and movies with ease.

Note: In Canada only Facebook™, CinemaNow™, and ShoutCast™ are available.

VIERA Image Viewer VIERA Image VIEWER™

Equipped with an SD card slot, VIERA makes it easy to view full-HD photos and motion images that you shot yourself. Simply insert the SD memory card into the slot, and you’re ready to view your photos and full-HD videos on the big screen. You can make your slide shows even more impressive by adding background music and attractive frames. With VIERA’s big screen and superb image quality, family and friends will love sharing your memories.


VIERA Link simplifies the operation of a variety of AV devices, so you can operate them all using only the VIERA remote control. Setup is easy–simply connect the devices to each other via HDMI cables.

600 Hz Sub-field Drive

Panasonic’s 600Hz Sub-Field Drive technology optimizes the input signal at the sub-field level to achieve a remarkable increase in motion-image rendering performance. The addition of Panasonic’s new phosphor and redesigned panel structure further improve clarity in moving images.

Deep Colour Deep Colour

VIERA faithfully reproduces all the colours inherent in today’s most advanced image sources, such as Blu-ray Discs and DVDs. Use an HDMI cable to connect VIERA to the playback device, and you’ll enjoy the kind of rich, vibrant colours that make viewing such a pleasurable experience.

Years of Beautiful Images Years of Beautiful Images—Long Panel Life (up to 100,000 Hours)

One important way consumers can protect the environment is by choosing high-quality products and taking care of them so they last for a long time. A high-quality VIERA HDTV can help. Thanks to a newly designed phosphor and panel, our plasma panels last for up to 100,000 hours before the brightness decreases by half. That’s more than 30 years of viewing 8 hours a day.

Mercury and Lead Free Panel Mercury and Lead Free Plasma Panel

Panasonic is committed to making our products friendlier to the environment. In line with this commitment, all VIERA plasma display panels are free of both lead and mercury. This reduces impact on the environment years down the road when the TV is recycled or retired from use.

x.v. Colour x.v. Colour

VIERA models with x.v.Colour compatibility reproduce all of the vibrant colour in images recorded by wide x.v.Colour gamut compatible camcorders. These rich, vivid images are a feast for the eyes.

DLNA DLNA / Wi-Fi Ready

Connect a DLNA-compatible VIERA and DLNA-compatible AV equipment to your home network, and you can watch movies, listen to music, and view photos from any room in the house. VIERA’s Wi-Fi capability gives you even more layout flexibility.

Key Specifications

Series: S30 Screen type: Plasma Screen size: 41.6 inches Native resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels Shades of Gradation:6,144 equivalent (WSXGA) Moving Picture Resolution: 900 lines HDTV display capability: 1080p, 1080i, 720p EDTV display capability: 480p Speakers: 2 full range, 20W total power,Surround Sound Image viewer:Yes (AVCHD/MPEG2/JPEG/MP3 playback) Aspect control: 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill Optional wall-mounting bracket: TY-WK4P1RW (US only) Multi-lingual menu: English/Spanish/French Energy Star qualified: Yes


HDMI: 3 (1 side) Component (Y, PB, PR): RCA x 1 Composite A/V: RCA x 1 USB: 2 LAN Port: 1


TV with stand: 26.6″ x 40.2″ x 12.6″ (H x W x D); 49.6 pounds (675 mm x 1,020 mm x 288; 22.5 kg) TV without stand: 25.2″ x 40.2″ x 2.8″ (H x W x D); 41.9 pounds (640 mm x 1,020 mm x 54 mm; 19 kg)

Panasonic 2011 Plasma HDTV Comparison

Series: GT30 ST30 S30 X3 Models: 50″, 55″, 60″, 65″ 42″, 46″, 50″, 55″, 60″, 65″ 42″, 46″, 50″, 60″ 42″, 46″, 50″ Full HD 1080p — HD 720p — — — 3D Ready — — Motion Picture Resolution 1080 Lines 1080 Lines 900 Lines 720 Lines THX Mode — — — VIERA Connect — — EASY IPTV — — DLNA Wireless LAN Ready Ready Ready Ready Ethernet HDMI 4 3 2 2 Component (Y/Pb/Pr) 1 1 1 1 Composite A/V 1 1 1 1 Digital Audio Output Optical Optical Optical Optical PC (DSub) 1 — — — USB 2.0 Port 3 2 2 2 MP3 Playback JPEG Playback MPEG Video Playback

What’s in the Box

Panasonic S30 series Plasma HDTV, removable stand, remote control (with batteries), operating instructions, quick start guide

Product Features

  • 1080p Full-HD Resolution
  • VIERA Image Viewer (Photo and Video)
  • Energy Star
  • Fast Switching Phosphor
  • Easy IPTV with DLNA

3 thoughts on “Panasonic VIERA TC-P42S30 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV”

  1. The straight facts! If you read the 3 star product review, you might think twice. This individual actually sounds convincing. That is unless you’ve done your homework. I’d like to clarify a few incorrect points that have been made.- Fast switching phosphors are used in all Full-HD VIERA models for 2011. By reformulating the phosphor materials, afterglow has been minimized and luminous efficiency has been increased. This enables crisp, clear rendering of motion images. A level of efficiency that exceeds our…

  2. excellent picture The picture quality of this TV is simply excellent. Compared it with more expensive Panasonic “Infinite Black” G model and it’s impossible to see the difference in real video content. You need to be in total darkness and have very high quality, low noise signal with large swatches of black and put them side to side to notice a slightly darker black in G models. Of course, just watching TV you will never think I wish blacks were deeper.I’ve watched HD programs over the air, from blu-ray,…

  3. Seriously gorgeous **Please note that I am reviewing the TC-P42S30. I feel obliged to mention this because in some cases, Amazon has migrated the reviews of a particular product to the newer version’s page. I just want to avoid confusion–and snippy comments.**I am the ecstatic owner of a , so when it came time to move up to a 42″ set for the living room (and move the 32″ to…

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