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Panasonic TC-P42GT25 3D Plasma HDTV Review

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The TC-P42GT25 slightly underperforms compared to the VT20 series we reviewed earlier this year.

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Internet Features

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 features a LAN port and optional WiFi (additional purchase required) to connect to streaming content or a DLNA home network. Like most manufacturers, Panasonic is making regular expansions to its streaming content library, called VieraCast, which are downloadable even after you buy the product.

The big features Panasonic is touting include Netflix (practically requisite for everyone these days), Amazon Video on Demand, YouTube, Twitter, and Skype. For a complete list of features, see our Compara-Chart 5000 page.

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The VieraCast landing page

To enable Skype, you'll need to buy some additional products, including a webcam and a microphone. Panasonic has an all-in-one they'll be happy to sell you.

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Skype doesn't work without additional purchases

Local Media Playback

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 can play back photos stored on USB thumb drives or SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards. When you pop the device in, it might not recognize it automatically, and you may have to do some menu digging to call up the screen seen below.

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Once you do, the screen is a welcome sight for one simple reason: the "Mixed" category. Normally, when a plug a USB or memory card into a TV, you first have to choose Photo, Video, or Music, before you even see the contents of the drive. It's very frustrating if you just want a quick overview of the contents. That's exactly what Panasonic provides here. Thank you.

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 also plays back video and audio clips. You can create playlists to string several clips together.

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What the Mixed category looks like

Other Media

The Panasonic TC-P42GT25 does not play any other types of media.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Remote Control
  10. Connectivity
  11. Audio & Menus
  12. Multimedia & Internet
  13. Power Consumption
  14. Panasonic Viera TC-P50VT20 Comparison
  15. Samsung UN46C7100 Comparison
  16. Sony Bravia KDL-46HX800 Comparison
  17. Conclusion
  18. Series Comparison
  19. Photo Gallery
  20. Ratings & Specs
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