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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: Poor example....
By Mint on 12/3/2012 7:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
It's mainly the allure of the flat panel form factor.

But even with picture quality, there are ANSI contrast problems of rear projection due to reflection inside the cabinet of the bright sections. DLP was always the best of rear projections for this, but I've only seen ~400:1 ANSI constrast measured, with ultra high contrast numbers only happening with a black screen. That really take a lot of punch out of the picture compared to 1000:1 contrast LCDs and much better still from plasmas.

Of course, none of this would matter if priced didn't drop for flat panels. It blows my mind that we can create a 60" panel with 6 million subpixels (i.e. filled with ~200 micron features) at a cost that can compete in price with a hollow plastic cabinet using a 1" DLP imaging chip. I saw 60" LCDs going for $700 on Black Friday. That's insane!

To put that in perspective, if the the TV lasts 5 years, it would take only 1% of a minimum wage salary to finance a 60" flat-panel.

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