Tell your wife not to call the attorney just yet!
First of all, you bought a very good quality plasma. The last information I read was that Philips plasmas use Hitachi (formerly Fujitsu/Hitachi) glass and most of the internal components (this is very good news for you, Hitachi makes some of the best plasmas out there) and make their own bezels and speakers. Don't be alarmed by this, it is very common. For example, Toshiba plasmas are rebadged Panasonic's (the last I heard).
Secondly, read the whole owner's manual several times to make sure you understand how to hook it up properly.
I do not have either Play Station or satelite so I can't give specific advice on those. But I do know that you need to make sure you are using the best possible hook-up cable method to feed the video signal to your plasma.
Here is the breakdown in increasing order of picture quality for different types of video cables (note, this is for the video portion of the signal):
1. Plain old composite video cable (one yellow RCA cable).
2. S-Video (one cable with a round connector with 5-pins inside).
3. Component video cable (three RCA cables, usually blue, red and green.
These 3 methods are "analog" connections. #3 is definitely superior. #2 is good and #1 is dreadful.
4. HDMI or DVI (one cable that carries both the video and audio signals in digital...DVI is one cable that carries only the video signal in digital).
#4 is a "digital" connection. It should be the best picture quality if in the future you have components with an HDMI output and if your Philips has an HDMI input. DVI to HDMI cables are available.
I also have a Sony CRT (my is a 27"). I find that my TV picture is slightly better on my plasma. However, I have cable TV and also an EDTV plasma instead of an HDTV. EDTV, all things being equal, brand, etc., actually has a slightly better picture on standard definition TV than HDTV sets. This is because the "native resolution" of my set is 480p. The native resolution of your HDTV is higher at either 720p or 1080i and your Philips scaling circuitry has to "upconvert" the TV signal to match its resolution and usually loses a slight amount of clarity.
Be sure to make sure you have all the settings set correctly and see if changing the "digital noise filter" and color correction settings, etc., might help. These can have many different names from different brands.
When you do get HD TV signals you should see a superb picture on some channels (some channels compress the signals so some HD content is better than others).
To test the non TV picture quality on your set, borrow a quality brand progressive scan DVD player, or even better a HDMI up-converting DVD player. Both of these should give an excellent to super picture. Especially the up-converting DVD player which will scale the DVD picture up to the native resolution of your set. I have no idea of the video output connections on the PS2, maybe someone else here can help.
I know I'm getting long winded here but I want to try and save your marriage. Good Luck!
I just bought the Philips 50PF7220A/37 (50" plasma HDTV-integrated flat screen) from Costco. I thought it was an incredible deal so I plunked down the cash as soon as I could. The problem is I am a total HDTV novice. I have my ps2 and dish network plugged into the tv. My wife and I both agree that the picture looks worse than it did on our 36" Sony CRT from about 5 years ago. I would've thought that out of the box with the same connections, the picture would be better so i'm obviously extremely concerned. But before I go running back and returning to Costco, I need to know from anyone who has ANY experiences like mine...is it time to panic? what can I do to fix this? is it as simple as getting the dish network HD package? and if I do...will all my channels look better or just my HD channels? I would think that my PS2 would be sharper than before but it isn't as well. I'm really confused..the wife is ready to divorce me...ANY advice..ANY advice at all would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.