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Rear screen projection TVs are dead

Mitsubishi has announced the end of its rear projection screen TVs. For many years if you had big-screen TV, it was typically a rear projection style unit. As pricing on LCD and plasma TV sets came down and screen sizes increased, consumer interest in rear projection TVs waned.

Mitsubishi was the last manufacturer producing these relics from the past, but the company has informed its authorized service centers 73-inch, 82-inch, and 92-inch DLP projection TVs will be discontinued.

Mitsubishi Electrical Visual Solutions America (MEVSA) president and CEO Junichi Nose stated that the change was part of an "important change in business direction, which will necessitate a corresponding restructuring of the MEVSA organization."

MESVA's Max Wasinger added, "We are in the midst of an orderly exit from the DLP TV business. MEVSA will now focus on B-to-B (projectors, display wall, printers, digital signage, monitors, etc.) and the home theater projector business."

Mitsubishi's line of projection screen TVs were far from inexpensive. The 75-inch LaserVue TV sold for about $4,000 at retail locations around the country. 

Source: CE Pro

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RE: Stagnant DLP market
By euler007 on 12/3/2012 4:48:23 PM , Rating: 2
TI's last client just stopped production of DLP sets. I'd say stopping R&D 3 years ago was the right call.

If you have a few dozen millions I'm sure they'd be interested in doing a next generation chip for you, then you'd just need to find someone to manufacture the set for you.

RE: Stagnant DLP market
By mcnabney on 12/4/2012 10:02:41 AM , Rating: 2
DLP is the standard for business projectors. TI has plenty of people to sell to.

Also, 4K is the 'next big thing' so why spend a bunch of effort making the next 1080p Darkchip.

RE: Stagnant DLP market
By CarbonJoe on 12/5/2012 11:38:35 AM , Rating: 2
False. There are plenty of front projectors that still use DLP chips. In fact, there are plenty of "Digital Cinema" projectors that use DLP chips. Check out Christie Digital, which has over 36,000 installed worldwide. The model listed below is a 4K projector, using DLP.

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