DirecTV + Panasonic 50PZ800U = WOW!
Before I go more in depth in this, wanted to say sorry for all the post about my new TV. I don't have a lot of time outside of work, and most of my time this past week has been playing with my new toy, so I haven't done a lot of thinking about things outside of work and this TV.
So today the DirecTV guys came around to install the system. I got one HD+DVR (H21) receiver and I got one standard receiver for the bedroom. They hooked up the H21 to my Panasonic via HDMI and fired it up. It took a few minutes for the receiver to do what it had to do and it was up and running. I started scanning through all the HD channels that are part of my basic package, and there are a lot of them, and was amazed by how great everything looks.
Not everything is roses. I'm not in love with the response time of the receiver. I don't like it when I hit the button on something and there is not an immediate response. I also HATE the way you have to set up the channels on HDTV. This normally involves unselecting a bunch of channels that you don't actually get or removing channels you just don't want to watch. Not sure why they haven't found an easier way to do this yet.