Panasonic TX-37LZD81

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Panasonic 37in IDTV LCD with in-built Freesat (TX-37LZD81)
Released: 2nd October 2008
Discontinued: 24th February 2009

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About the Panasonic 37in TX-37LZD81 LCD with in-built Freesat Receiver

The Panasonic TX-37LZD81 is the first LCD television with a Freesat receiver, allowing you ultimate choice on platform for your television programme viewing. The in-built Freesat receiver combined with the Panasonics outstanding high-definition picture and sound, makes this the set to own. Combining the two, you can enjoy sharp pictures, vivid colours, multi-channel sound, and various services with the interactive contents.

Full-HD models with freesat built-in, High Moving Picture Resolution and Advanced Networking Capabilities.

Its state-of-the-art technology gives amazing picture quality, with the Intelligent Frame Creation giving fantastic resolution even during fast moving scenes – something football fans and film buffs will both appreciate.

Every image is richly detailed – from the brightest sunshine to the darkest night sky – and contrast is enhanced by the new Real Black Drive system that creates deep, robust blacks and reproduces scenes with a fine balance of light and shadow.

Sound is enhanced with its in-built V-Real Pro 3 surround sound technology (with bass extension), while the 24p Real Cinema settings offers enhanced judder-free playback, giving a smooth ‘film’ look. The 3 HDMI sockets allow you to hook-up your Blu-ray player, PVRs and games consoles with ease.

The TX37LZD81 is also capable of playing footage straight from your camcorder in high-definition mode and you can view a slideshow of your photos – just remove the SD memory card from your digital still camera, and slip it in the slot.

Panasonic 37″ TX-37LZD81 Key Features

– 37in (94cm) diagonal
– 16:9 widescreen
– HD Ready
– 2,073,600 (1,920 x 1,080) pixels
– 10,000:1
– Freesat built-in
– 3 HDMI Inputs (2 rear, 1 side)
– AV3: RCA phono type x 1 Composite Video Input (side)
– AV3: Mini DIN 4-pin S-Video Input (side)
– Mini D-sub 15-pin x 1 PC Input (rear)
– Remote Control
– 20W speaker output (RMS)
– Headphone Socket
– Tap-top stand included
– Dimension w/o stand (H x W x D) 60.6cm x 94.3cm x 10.8cm
– Dimension with stand (H x W x D) 64.8cm x 94.3cm x 29.5cm
– Weight TBC (w/o stand), 22.5kg (with stand)

Panasonic 37in TX37LZD81 latest software version

2.602 (09-Mar-09)

Panasonic 37in TX37LZD81 Plasma Official Website

Panasonic 37in TX37LZD81 Manual

Panasonic 37in Freesat LCD Manual (22mb – user manual)

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29 Responses to “Panasonic TX-37LZD81”

  1. admin Says:

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  2. Sargey Says:

    Installed my product on Friday 14th. First impressions are excellent. I am only receiving limited amount of HD programmes through Freeview although I’m sure this will increase as time goes on. I ran a cable from my Sky+ dish to the connector at the back of the set- simple. Upgrading to Sky HD at the end of the month, really looking forward to that. Dificult to say anything negative about the 37″, set-up was fun and easy, picture and sound quality are far superior to my previous Philips. One slight niggle is the response from hand set to infra red on front of the set, not the best in the world, but everything else performs really well.


  3. Richard Says:

    Still getting to grips with the new purchase. No complaints with the picture quality, but it has several operational drawbacks. There is no direct access to the favourites list, so it is pretty useless. As an excellent alternative, you can remove stations from the Freesat service list so that they do not appear at all, except for BBC1 London, which reappears after the set has been in standby, although this bug presumably only affects us provincials.

    The remote control handset has to be pointed directly at the sensor to work, and only then if you press the buttons hard. It is also an odd shape to hold, and gets dropped a lot.

    The only way to get the set to switch automatically from correctly displayed 16:9 to correctly displayed 4:3 is to set the aspect ratio to 4:3, but they don’t tell you this in the manual, and it is not what you would expect. I think they assume that most people want the screen filled, rather than an accurate picture. Unfortunately, they are probably right.


  4. Mike H Says:

    Mine was delivered two weeks ago, together with a Panasonic BD35 Blu Ray player.

    Very pleased with both products. Picture quality on both HD and standard transmissions are excellent with rich and deep colours. I don’t have room to install surround sound speakers, however the built-in system is very good.

    I found the TV remote to be very direction sensitive, nor do I find it’s layout or shape very pleasing, but that may change with use.

    All in all an a quality HD TV as one should expect from Panasonic.


  5. Michael Says:

    As I mentioned in the general posting it would be useful, for an accurate price comparison, to state if the product price includes a free 5 year guarantee.


  6. Mike H Says:

    My purchase price from an independant retailer included a ‘ free’ 5 year

    I could have obtained the TV more cheaply from Comet, but they
    did not give me any product advice worth having, nor could they be bothered
    to find out when they might have a set in stock. Nor were they offering a 5 year


  7. Richard Says:

    (For anyone more interested in the TV than in price and guarantee information.)

    Following my previous post, I got fed up with unwanted channels re-appearing in the Freesat service list, and went through the installation procedure again using a London postcode. The problem has not appeared since, and it would be interesting to know if it is unique to Southern postcodes, or if anywhere outside London suffers from the bug. Panasonic have not responded on this.


  8. Roz Says:

    Before buying I wanted to check if these Panasonic tvs had the ability to receive from other satellites than just the 28 degree group. Reading the downloadable manuals it would appear they have the ability to tune to either 13 degrees or 19 degrees or 28 degrees but do not have Diseqc controls for multiple LNBs or motorised dish installed so would not be able to do two or more of these locations.
    Has anyone investigated this or indeed purchased any one of this range of tvs and tried to see if all these locations can be tuned to at the same time? If they can, how does that work without Diseqc and why are only these three locations available via the menus?


  9. Jingleman Says:

    Problems adding additional satellite channels

    I’m trying to add additional satellite channels. I’ve followed the instructions on page 37 of the user guide, and having scanned Astra2/Eurobird get about 1100 hits. I appreciate there are probably less than half available once you have taken out the Sky encrypted channels etc.

    I have no problem adding a few channels, but as there are 145 pages worth to trawl through, once I’ve added a few and saved them, how do I go back to that list to continue adding at another time?

    Seemingly, once you’ve stored by pressing ‘exit’ there is no way to add other channels easily at a later date. I’ve tried to follow the instructions on page 41, but all that seems to do is let you alter what you already have saved, not add anymore from the original 1100 plus list.

    Anyone know if/how it is possible to re-access the original list to add other channels at a later date, please?



  10. phil coney Says:

    Picked unit up on 14th Dec from Richer Sounds ( with 5 year guarantee ). Set up to Astra 2 using a Horizon Minisat £45 from Wizard. Took about 2 hours tops. BBC HD was brilliant with 5.1 running optically to the surround sound system. Early days of usuage as I get more familiar I will post further information


  11. Roz Says:

    Any more news on posts 9 and 8? Similar to issues listed on the 42 inch set page. If you have resolved these issues it would be good to know as its part of the decision process whether to buy.



  12. jingleman Says:

    Further to my post (number 9), I asked Panasonic for help with this feature, but they never got back to me.

    However, I have now used the ‘manual’ function to add the additional satellite channels. I took the information I needed from You can just add a few channels at a time this way.

    I hope that is of help to Roz and others.



  13. Jingleman Says:

    You may also find this link useful. It lists all the services available from Eurobird 1 & Astra 2A/2B/2C/2D satellites at 28.2°E



  14. Roz Says:

    Thanks Jingleman. I managed to look at the method in a shop for the non-freesat channels on 28E and the listings on your links are useful.
    Main remaining question is whether you can add other channels from the 13E and 19E satellites whilst keeping the 28E channels saved and how the satellite reciever manages to do this when the tech data / manuals say it does not have the facailty to handle DiseqControls which are the usual way of switching between multi LNB’s pointing at the other satellites?
    I called Panasonic but they couldn’t tell me so it would be great to know if anyone has used one of these TV’s with multiple satellites succesfully.
    Thanks in advance


  15. Christopher Cain Says:

    In answer to post 14; you can use a manual LNB switch. A bit of a bind having to walk across the room to press a button but better than nothing.


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  17. meon Says:

    Have just purchased mine from Richer Sounds £715. inc a 5 year warranty.Try Currys and see what it adds up to.
    What a great picture ,seems better on freesat than freeview for me.
    Has any body had problems with the internet LAN connection.All I get is “no connection or cant find a network”. Plug the cable into a laptop and there is no problem. Connection is virgin via a router.


  18. admin Says:

    There’s no services via the Ethernet connection at this time.


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  20. james phillips Says:

    which of the panasonic free sat 81 have 100hrts, if only 50 why ?


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  22. Mark D Says:

    Got mine delivered last Wednesday from John Lewis…bargain £650 with 5 year guarantee after I got them to price match a local store in Sheffield. Initial impressions are very good…..HD is fantastic via Freesat…but even SD looks sharp. I have to agree with a previous post regarding the sensitivity of the remote control… have to ptretty accurate with your aiming to get it to pick up. Overall great buy…at a great price. 9/10


  23. Jingleman Says:

    I’m using the satellite dish I had for my old Sky box. Apart from when there was severe weather there were no reception problems. However, the Panasonic seems to struggle connceted to the same dish and picture frequently breaks up. Signal strength is 10 nearly all the time, but quality is only about 6 – not sure why, the dish is in a brilliant position with no obstructions/tall buildings etc. Anyone else found the Panasonic is not as tollerant of reduced signal quality?



  24. paulw123 Says:

    just got this set after 5week wait ! truely excellent BBC HD, and BD thro PS3.
    remote is very directional, worst i’ve ever had, sony +sky alot better. Wii alot better thro component lead. Changed sky dish LNB for quad LNB, ran extra cable all for £20 off ebay.
    need more HD programmes…when…


  25. MYK Says:

    Just received a system (software) update. Now version 2.602.
    Can’t find any information at all regarding firmware on this (or most Panasonic TVs to be honest), any one know what the updates are?


  26. paulw123 Says:

    Sky remote has wider working area, so you don’t have to be so megga accurate as with the set remote.


  27. Lynda Says:

    I was all set to get the Panasonic TX-37LZD81 but see it has been discontinued. The replacement is retailing at £1100 which is a lot more expensive. Does anyone know why the original was discontinued? Is there a fault?


  28. admin Says:

    There is no fault, just a natural renewal of models every couple of years by Panasonic and other leading brands. You can still obtain the model you want at a lesser price than the new models.


  29. AndySwain Says:

    Have had the Panasonic LZD81 for several years now, without any real issues.
    Overall, it’s been quite a good TV for us.
    (The only technical downside I’ve found is that I can’t alter the volume of the audio outputs from the remote, so I have to juggle several remotes.)

    I am quite annoyed at Panasonic for their sharp sales tactics though. The LZD81 was provided with an ethernet socket, which the Panasonic staff told me would soon be enabled for additional features, including iPlayer.
    I asked several Panasonic staff, at various times, including at the Gadget Show Live, and they were still promising it…

    But, I’m now told the LZD81 is discontinued, and it certainly looks like they’ve given up trying to provide what they promised on that part of the Viera range.

    So, in future, I’m more likely to buy from a different manufacturer, or, at least, ensure that a Panasonic WILL do everything they promise, BEFORE I buy it!


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