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New company will start in spring 2012

Many of the companies in the LCD panel manufacturing realm are looking for ways to help them improve the bottom line, including selling out and restructuring. Sony announced that it was breaking off its struggling TV arm a few weeks ago.
Sony's Ayano Iguchi said when the break up was announced, "By dividing into three divisions, we will make clearer the mission and responsibilities of these."
Hitachi, Sony, and Toshiba have all agreed to the integration of their small and medium size LCD panel businesses in conjunction with the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). The merged businesses will be known as Japan Display. Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba will each retain about 10% of the merged venture and INCJ will hold a much larger portion.

The new company will be partly public.
INCJ will invest 200 billion yen into Japan Display in exchange for newly issued shared in the company. The new entity is expected to start operating in the spring of 2012.
Panasonic has also announced in a separate deal that it has agreed to sell a LCD panel factory to Japan Display. The factory sale will be complete in April 2012. 

Sources: PC World, Business Wire

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RE: Sony
By Smartless on 11/15/2011 2:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
I always thought it was funny how Sony tried Apple's business model and failed at it. Like making proprietary everything and not allowing generic brands to further the market spread. Failed Betamax for that, almost failed on their cameras until they allowed generic flash media, UMDs, Minidiscs.. etcs. They tried to sell everything on their successes like walkman and cd players and early TVs.

Unfortunately Sony quality isn't as awe-inspiring anymore. I loved my Wega TV because there really wasn't anything better. Now, put a Vizio, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG, and a Panasonic side by side (without in-store video signal tampering) and quality becomes a matter of preference.

RE: Sony
By spread on 11/15/2011 2:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Now, put a Vizio, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG, and a Panasonic side by side (without in-store video signal tampering) and quality becomes a matter of preference.

No because LG, Panasonic and Samsung also make plasma TVs which have superior image quality when put in a darker environment so you can see how vivid the colors are and how dark the black levels are.

RE: Sony
By AssBall on 11/15/2011 3:01:07 PM , Rating: 4
You can see how awesome the burnt in headline news/syfi/fx logo is too.

RE: Sony
By bigboxes on 11/15/2011 4:21:07 PM , Rating: 4
Modern plasma TVs don't suffer from these issues, but keep on spreading your FUD if it makes you feel better about your LCD purchase.

RE: Sony
By someguy123 on 11/15/2011 4:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Plasmas have never fixed the burn-in problem. It's not as immediate as it used to be, but if you leave the TV on a channel with a constant logo or play a video game with a static gui it can cause burn in.

RE: Sony
By AssBall on 11/15/2011 4:46:30 PM , Rating: 1
If you have the money to buy a new plasma every 2 years, more power to you. The rest of us that would expect ours to last for 5-10 will keep buying cheaper and more energy efficient lcds.

RE: Sony
By Ralos on 11/15/2011 5:42:46 PM , Rating: 2
It's certainly not FUD.

I have bought an high end Panasonic model 2 years ago (V Series, 54"). Assured by the vendor that the burn in problems were problem of the "old" plasmas, and I believed him.


While not technically a burn-in, you can still have image retention that will last for many minutes, hours and days. If that is not a problem with you, then great, but to most people, it certainly is.

If I played for 2-3 hours of Stardust, the hyperspace logo and the big X multiplier on both bottom corners would then stay on the screen for days and was quite annoying when watching a movie.

Plasmas certainly have their advantages, but image retention is certainly a problem too.

RE: Sony
By T2k on 11/15/2011 8:38:39 PM , Rating: 1
Ouch. Apple LEARNED FROM SONY, kid, you got it backward.

SOny's biggest problem was they did not understand the whole open/internet-based new world until few years ago and kept failing with their old, proprietary-based business model.

Apple sales are still shit when it comes to PC sales so let's not forget all Apple is now is iCrap-based gadget company, nothing else.

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
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