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Panasonic TC-P50G15

50" VIERA® G15 Series 1080p THX®-certified plasma HDTV

Item # 133P50G15

The Panasonic TC-P50G15 combines THX-certified image quality with an elegantly slim design.

The Panasonic TC-P50G15 combines THX-certified image quality with an elegantly slim design.

Discontinued item

Item # 133P50G15

About the Panasonic TC-P50G15

The Panasonic TC-P50G15 combines THX-certified image quality with an elegantly slim design. THX-certified HDTVs reproduce movies and other matierial exactly as their creators intended. This set's THX refinements make it easy to enjoy an exceptionally accurate, lifelike picture when viewing your favorite movies and TV shows.

The Panasonic TC-P50G15 combines THX-certified image quality with an elegantly slim design. THX-certified HDTVs reproduce movies and other matierial exactly as their creators intended. This set's THX refinements make it easy to enjoy an exceptionally accurate, lifelike picture when viewing your favorite movies and TV shows.

THX enhancements close the gap between movie screen and TV screen
THX's strict requirements are based on tests that measure a TV's display quality (resolution, brightness level, color accuracy) and video processing (scaling, deinterlacing). To earn a passing grade, the TC-P50G15 had to meet performance benchmarks for both standard- and high-definition video, ensuring that all your sources will look their best. Simply choose the "THX" picture setting to see a beautifully balanced picture — without paying for an expensive professional calibration.

Panasonic's 2009 plasma TVs eliminate motion blur for a clearer picture
All 1080p HDTVs have the same number of pixels, but they don't all deliver full picture resolution at all times. Plasma and LCD TVs are equally good at displaying still images, but when the action picks up the pace, plasma has a clear advantage. Panasonic's 2009 plasmas employ improved panel drive electronics that flash the screen's pixels on and off at high speed — 25% faster than last year's models. Video motion looks effortlessly smooth and clear.

Advanced "NeoPDP" panel design improves picture contrast and black levels
Panasonic's new NeoPDP plasma technology significantly improves both picture contrast and black levels. The latest version of Panasonic's Real Black Drive System reduces the illumination level when plasma pixels shut off, yielding very deep black levels (to see an illustration, click on "more photos"). Note that the TC-P50G15's impressive 40,000:1 contrast ratio spec is "native" contrast, which is a more accurate measure of real-world performance than the much higher "dynamic" contrast spec.

Have fun viewing photos, videos and websites — without touching your PC
Panasonic also included direct Internet access, so you can connect the TC-P50G15 to your broadband Internet connection and use Panasonic's easy VIERA Cast™ interface to stream videos at YouTube™ and Amazon™ Video On Demand.

And "G15" plasmas include advanced memory card playback. You can view high-res AVCHD™ video recorded with a Panasonic's high-definition SD™ card camcorder, or display digital photos you save to SD with a digital camera. Simply insert the card into the TV's side-panel slot and sit back while the whole family enjoys beautifully lifelike home movies or the latest vacation pics in the comfort of your living room.

Learn about the ins and outs of HDMI connections at the Crutchfield Learning Center.
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Scheduled delivery to your door: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for an additional $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses.


Product highlights:

    • 49.9" screen (measured diagonally)
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
    • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
    • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
    • 1920 x 1080 pixels
    • 1080 TV Lines Moving Picture Resolution
    • 600Hz Sub-field Drive anti-blur technology
    • NeoPDP plasma panel for improved contrast and reduced power consumption
    • 40,000:1 contrast ratio (2,000,000:1 dynamic)
    • THX mode optimizes settings for the most accurate picture
    • 24p Cinematic Playback mode (displays 1080p/24 content at 48Hz)
    • Deep Color and x.v.Color™ support
    • Internet-capable with built-in VIERA Cast™ menu for viewing customized online content (broadband service required)
    • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
    • illuminated remote control
    • VIERA Link™ simplifies control of compatible Panasonic components via the HDMI connection (HDMI-CEC)
    • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
    • picture settings memory for each video input
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • 7 A/V inputs, including:
      • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
      • 1 S-video
      • 2 component video
      • 3 HDMI v1.3 (2 rear, 1 side) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
    • side PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
    • RF input for antenna/cable signals
    • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
    • side SD™ memory card slot for digital photo/video playback
    • Ethernet port
    • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 20-7/8"W x 15-3/4"D)
    • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
    • 47-7/8"W x 29-5/8"H x 3-5/8"D (31-3/8"H x 15-3/4"D on stand)
    • weight: 75 lbs. with stand; 70.6 lbs. without stand
    • extra long-life panel (100,000 hours)
    • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • MFR # TC-P50G15

    What's in the box:

    • 50" Widescreen plasma TV
    • Wireless remote control (N2QAYB000322)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Pedestal base
    • 2 Pedestal poles
    • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 18mm)
    • 4 Machine screws (M5 x 25mm)
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Operating Instructions (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • HD setup guide (Eng/Span/Fren)
    • Product Registration card
    • Panasonic Customer Care Plan card (extended service plan)
    • Child Safety/Digital Television Transition Notice
    • "Maintain Shiny Parts" notice
    • Stand Assembly diagram

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    Video Features

    Built-in HDTV Tuner: The TV has both analog (NTSC) and digital (ATSC) tuners, as well as a QAM tuner for unencrypted cable signals. With these built-in tuners, you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode HDTV/SDTV signals.

    100,000 Hour Panel Life: The TC-P50G15 features a G12 Progressive 1080p HD Neo PDP (Plasma Display Panel) with a 100,000 hour panel life.

    Neo PDP Technology: The TC-P50G15 features a new Neo PDP (Plasma Display Panel) technology which delivers sharp, detailed images, deep blacks and remarkable brightness, and all with lower power consumption.

    THX Certified Display: The TC-P50G15 is THX Certified for faithful movie image reproduction. The Panasonic G15 Series Plasma HDTVs meet the high standards set by the Lucasfilm THX Certified Display Program, to faithfully recreate the visual ambience intended by the original movies creators.

    Native Resolution: The TC-P50G15 has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. All incoming signals are converted to this native resolution. The HDMI digital and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and will display them as 1920 x 1080.

    Anti-Reflective Filter: The TV's flat panel features a new AR (anti-reflective) screen coating that acts as a filter to reduce annoying reflections and improve picture quality.

    2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio: The Panasonic TC-P50G15 Widescreen VIERA plasma HDTV utilizes an infinite black panel that has a native contrast ratio of 40,000:1 and dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1.

    600Hz Sub-field Drive: The 600Hz Sub-field Drive produces crisp, focused images for sports, dramatic action, and all other fast-moving scenes. Your full-HD movies and games will look clear and sharp.

    6,144 Shades of Gradation: Plasma displays can suffer from an artifact called false contouring, where transitions between different shades of the same color are too sharp. These transitions can appear as distinct lines between the different shades of color. Having 6,144 shades of gradation helps minimize the false contouring artifact so color transitions take on a smooth, natural appearance.

    3 HDMI Inputs: The TC-P50G15 has 2 rear-panel HDMI inputs and 1 side-panel HDMI input. All of the HDMI terminals can accommodate copy-protected digital signals (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs. Either HDMI 1, HDMI 2, HDMI 3 can be used with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter along with the left and right RCA audio jacks assigned to Component 1, Component 2, Video 1 or Video 2 (for the audio portion of the signal).

    Deep Color/x.v.Color Compatible: This unit is compatible with the Deep Color and x.v.Color technology that corresponds with the HDMI Version 1.3 specification. This technology supports higher bit rates and more color possibilities than previous HDTV signals.

    24p Playback: This TV is capable of displaying film-based video at the frame rate of 24 fps via HDMI. Some Blu-ray and high definition discs offer special 24p frame rate video for most accurate display of film-based material.

    2 Component Video Inputs: The two rear-panel component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i inputs.

    Composite/S-Video Inputs: The Plasma TV features a rear and side-panel composite video input, along with a rear-panel S-Video input. The rear-panel composite and S-Video input share a pair of stereo RCA audio inputs.

    Aspect Modes: Depending on the input signal, you can choose one of the following aspect modes:

    • Full:16:9 source displayed in original aspect; stretches a 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen (recommended for anamorphic sources)
    • Just: stretches a 4:3 picture to fill the screen but with aspect correction applied to the sides of the screen so that elongation is only apparent at the left and right edges of the screen (recommended for normal TV broadcasts)
    • H-Fill: 1080i, 1080p, or 720p inputs only; enlarges a 4:3 picture horizontally to fill the screen, the side edges are cut off
    • 4:3: displays a 4:3 picture in original aspect ratio with bars along the sides
    • Zoom: magnifies the picture uniformly (vertically and horizontally) to fill the screen; the top and bottom of a 4:3 source are cut off (recommended for letter box sources)

    Picture Menu: The Menu list allows you to make the following adjustments in picture quality:

    • Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following picture modes:
      • Vivid: provides enhanced contrast and sharpness when viewing in a well lit room
      • Standard: recommended for normal viewing conditions with subdued room lighting
      • THX: faithfully reproduces the image quality that the movie makers intended in order to provide the ultimate cinematic experience at home
      • Game: for playing video games; this mode will be set automatically if "GAME" is selected from the input label setting
      • Custom: adjust picture, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness
    • Color Temperature: This feature selects the level of warm colors (red) and cool colors (blue); choose from a Cool 2, Cool 1, Normal, Warm 1, or Warm 2.
    • Color Management: Enhances green and blue color reproduction, especially in outdoor scenes.
    • C.A.T.S: Adjusts the brightness and gradation according to the ambient lighting condition. You can select On or Off.
    • Video NR: Video Noise Reduction removes snow from a weaker analog TV signal.
    • Zoom Adjust: adjusts the vertical alignment and size when aspect setting "Zoom" is selected.
    • Advanced Picture: Some advanced picture settings include:
      • Digital Comb Filter: The motion adaptive 3D-YC comb filter minimizes noise and cross-color in the picture when the composite video input is used.
      • Color Matrix: When viewing a signal input through the component video inputs, this TV will automatically optimize the color parameters based on the color matrix setting:
      • Block NR: Reduces noise of specific digital signal from DVD, STB, etc..
      • Mosquito NR: Reduces HDTV flicker noise in the contoured section of an image.
      • Black Level: You can adjust the TV's black level to Dark or Light.
      • 3:2 Pulldown: Adjusts the picture recorded in 24 fps for optimum quality.
      • 24p Direct In: 24p Direct In achieves more cinematic playback by reproducing the movie contents at twice the speed of 24 framers per seconds (60Hz or 48Hz).
      • HD Size: Selects between 95% and 100% for the scanning area with high definition signal. Select 95% if noise is generated on the edges of the screen.
      • H Size: Adjust horizontal display range to reduce noise of both side edges of an image or adjust image size according to aspect mode for reducing noise.

    Anti-Image Retention Features: The TV's Pixel Orbiter feature helps to prevent image retention (burn-in) by shifting the display image. You can set the feature to automatic or periodic, and designate the time interval for the "periodic" setting as 1, 2, 3, or 4. You can also change the brightness of the side bars that appear in 4:3 mode, or start a scrolling white vertical bar across the screen to prevent burn-in.

    Photo/Video Viewer: The SD card slot on the side-panel of the TC-P50G15 allows you to view JPEG photos and high definition AVCHD or standard definition MPEG2 video from an SD, SDHC or miniSD card (an adapter is required to use a miniSD card). The maximum capacity for each type of media is: SDHC (16GB), SD Card (2GB), miniSD card (1GB). You can view images as thumbnails (up to 12 images), view them individually allowing you to rotate the image 90-degrees clockwise or counter-clockwise or view them as a slide show, with adjustable picture duration. You can adjust the time duration for the slide show (Very fast, Fast, Medium, Slow, Very slow) as well as the transition effect (Off, Fade, Wipe, Slide, Zoom, Comb, Dissolve, Checker, or Random). You can also choose to playback your photos with a Sepia or Gray Scale effect. In addition, you can adjust the TV's picture settings (Contrast, Brightness, Color, Tint, Sharpness) for your still photos and videos. You can adjust the audio settings for your videos, as well. You are able to select the video you want to play from an on-screen movie list. You can move to the previous or next movie move, as well as repeat video playback.

    Audio Features

    Audio Menu: In addition to bass, treble, and balance, the TV's audio menu includes the following advanced features:

    • A.I. Sound: This feature equalizes overall volume levels across all channels and external inputs.
    • Surround Function: The surround function enhances audio response when listening to stereo programming. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.
    • Bass & Treble: This function increases the bass and treble frequencies independently.
    • Bass Boost: This feature enhances bass sound and provides an more powerful sound.
    • Volume Leveler: The Volume Leveler monitors the difference in audio levels between inputs and minimizes the change in volume when you change inputs. This function is active only for the TV's built-in speakers.

    Digital Audio Out: The rear-panel optical digital output allows you to send a Dolby Digital bit stream to a Dolby Digital receiver or decoder. If the program doesn't include a Dolby Digital soundtrack, a 2-channel PCM bit stream is output.

    Analog Audio Out: These stereo RCA audio jacks allow you to listen to the TV's audio through your stereo system.

    PC/Internet Functions

    VIERA Cast: Using the television's rear-panel RJ-45 Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) you can access select internet services (TV content) from the television via VIERA Cast, a web menu that's built into the television. With Panasonic's VIERA Cast technology, you can enjoy online content like Amazon Video On Demand, YouTube videos, Picasa Web Albums, stock information (Bloomberg) and weather through the TV's easy-to-use, built-in Web interface via the television's remote control (no extra equipment or PC required). You can also operate your computer's Network camera from the TV's remote and check the images from the Network camera on your TV (PC required). In addition, the VIERA Cast menu will self-update as soon as new online content becomes available.

    Note: VIERA Cast requires a Broadband high-speed Internet service of no less than 1.5 Mbps for SD image quality and 6Mbps for HD picture quality. Dial-up Internet services cannot be used for VIERA Cast.

    PC Input: The television can be used as a monitor for your PC through the TV's RGB HD-15 input. You can also listen to PC sound with audio cable connected from your PC to the TV's side-panel A/V input.

    Convenience Features

    Thin-Slim Design: The Panasonic TC-P50G15 Plasma HDTV features a contemporary, low-profile design which measures only 3.625" deep (with cables).

    Favorite Channels: Channel numbers can be registered as Favorites and displayed in the TV's Favorite Tune menu for easier access.

    Station Caption: You change a channel's station name to a custom seven character name.

    Input Labels: Each input can be labeled to reflect the source connected. The label options are Skip, VCR, DVD, Cable, Satellite, DVR, Game, Aux, Receiver, Computer, Blu-ray, Camera, DVD REC, Home Thtr, Monitor, Media CTR, Media EXT, other and (blank). If "Skip" is selected, the TV/Video button will skip the input.

    Closed Caption: The television includes a built-in decoder that is capable of providing a text display of the audio. The program being viewed must be transmitting Closed Caption (CC) information. The TV features analog and digital close captions:

    • Analog: CC 1-4: displays information related to pictures (appears at bottom of screen); T 1-4: displays textual information (appears over entire screen)
    • Digital: The digital Closed Caption menu lets you configure the way you choose to view the digital captions when viewing a digital station with (CC). You can adjust size, font, style, foreground, opacity, background and outline settings.

    Lock: The Lock function has four settings to block viewing of particular channels or inputs. You create a 4-digit password that's required to bypass the lock. The available settings are:

    • Off: nothing is locked
    • All: all channels and external inputs are locked
    • Game: channels 3 and 4 and the video inputs are locked
    • Channel: locks up to seven specific channels
    • Program: block programs based on their TV or movie rating

    Programmable On/Off Timers: The programmable timers allow you to program the TV set to turn itself on and off at designated times, on designated days, tuned to designated channels. Up to 5 events can be programmed using the timers. An event can have multiple episodes (Daily, Mon-Fri, Every Wed, etc).

    Sleep Timer: This television features a built-in sleep timer, set by remote control, that turns the TV off automatically after 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

    ECO/Power Saving: To conserve energy, the automatically turns off when no signal and no operation is performed for more than 10 minutes. Also to conserve energy, the TV automatically turns off when no operation of remote or side panel keys continue for more than 3 hours.

    Remote Control

    Remote Control: The supplied remote is programmed to operate this unit only. The OK button and directional keys allow you to move the on-screen selector, making menu navigation simple and efficient. The remote control will also operate certain functions of Panasonic equipment with "HDAVI Control" connected by HDMI automatically through the TV's VIERA Link feature. The remote features illuminated buttons when the "Light" button is pressed on the remote, so you can see the remote easily in the dark.

    VIERA Link: VIERA Link HDAVI Control lets you operate all of your Panasonic "HDAVI Control" compatible home theater components connected by HDMI by pressing a single button on your TV's remote control. Panasonic equipment with the "HDAVI Control" function enables the following operations: Automatic input switching, Power on link, Power off link, Speaker control, and One-touch theater playback. Equipment with HDAVI Control 3 (or more) function enables the following operations: Providing the setting information, Automatic lip-sync function, Direct TV recording, and auto-power standby. HDAVI Control 4 adds Stand-By Power Save mode which automatically turns all connected VIERA Link components to ECO standby mode.


    Pedestal Base: The TC-P50G15 includes a pedestal base for cabinet-top mounting. The base comes unassembled, and unattached to the TV, so assembly is required. With the pedestal base the TV weighs 75 pounds.

    Wall Mounting: On the back of the TV are four threaded inserts to attach an optional wall mount bracket. The inserts require 8M (8mm) machine screws. The horizontal hole spacing is 400mm and the vertical hole spacing of 300mm. Without the pedestal base attached, the TV weighs 70.6 pounds.

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