By John Archer
Reviewed: 2 Jun 2009
Fantastic another 50in Plasma with built in FREEVIEWA lot of hoo hahh about the vast costs involved in R & D and costs of software and freedoms and needs to show a profit. I could not agree more with many of those points and would encourage far more action than wordsTimes have changed for the consumer, when money is tight, they are bewildered by format wars of one kind or another and at the end of the day being offered a lousy deal in the High Street. And almost every TV salesman I have talked to on a recent shopping expedition was being downright dishonest to get a sale. (Pointing to a supermarket 720p set with "Freeview", - That TV there sir has the same screen as that £3,000 model over there, but its our own brand. ( Bargain then! ).Putting FREEVIEW on a High Definition TV, even on entry level models is like a Windows 3 user putting "Go Faster" lights on his PC, In the brocure it looks great to add FREEVIEW as a plus - its free - and is true plug and play.FREESAT however which carrys and controlls fantastic HD content we have allready paid for with our TV licences is nowhere to be seen, Or only at a hefty premium above an equivalent model without the tuner.Sure some TV manufacturers are coughing up for a Freesat Licence but at what coist to us the consumer? I simply dont understand why any 1080 set is sold with "built in" FREEVIEW" when the world has moved on.Whatever the excuses from Freesat, The BBC, The Regulators, retailers, Manufacturers or some Euro Quango - Sort It Out! TV BUYERS If you can hold out on going "HIGH DEFINITION" wait, let these shelves full of "Almost High Definition Televisions" gather dust and choke the supply lines, In a short time ALL but the very low end bargain bucket TVs in the high street will have FREESAT built in.
Forget skys efforts to undermime this service as the numptys running this seem to be doing a good job themselves. When you have the logistical problems that plenty will still have in installing this aswell youd think theyd relent.Or you could instead hold out for freeview hd set which is likely to be coming soon, perhaps even as early as this autumn as some say.
Not sure what the hell you are on about DavidDB with inbuilt FreeSat ... not everybody wants or can even get FreeSat and if you do decide to go down that route (if you actually want to record HD Shows) add a Freesat PVR you just plug it in. Why not go the whole hog and demand that Panasonic add a Blu Ray Player into the side of the TV??But it looks like you want FreeSat built in so every manufacture should be adding that feature and factoring in the premium pric of that service simply for you now??Will Trusted Reviews be featuring any of the new LG Plasmas that seem to be getting very good reviews at the moment as it would be nice to hear how you reckon they stack up against the Panasonics. Be nice to see a LG 42PQ6000 review and say
@davidcrofterI was wanting to see the LG's Plasmas but they are not Full HD! :(Still waiting on the Panny 42" V10 review though ;-)
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