Panasonic: lying about 1080p?

Panasonic has great tech gear, including excellent plasma screens. I’ve been considering buying one, and just today got a brochure directly from Panasonic on their plasmas.

Only problem?

They claim their TH-42PX60 model is 1080p. More precisely, their actual claim is “1080p digital processing for next-generation video sources.” The same claim is on the Canadian Panasonic website, referring to all of Pannie’s TH models.

However, the actual resolution of all the TH models is nowhere near 1920 x 1080 … the resolution that defines what “full HD” or 1080p actually means.

The closest is the 58″ TV, and that only has a 1366 x 768 resolution. The 42″ model is only 1024 x 768 … not even 720p, never mind 1080p.

This is either completely false advertising or very deceptive. The claim that they’re making seems to be stating that the TV is 1080p-compatible. On closer examination, of course, it simply says that the digital processing is 1080p … not that the display technology is 1080p.

I don’t think too many people will notice that. Seeing 1080p in the marketing, they’ll assume they’re getting a 1920 x 1080 plasma.

And that’s simply not true.

[tags] panasonic, plasma, deceptive, HD, HDTV, john koetsier [/tags]