Mitsubishi Axes DLP Rear Projection TVs
December 3, 2012 9:31 AM
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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.
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12/4/2012 1:26:03 PM
Source for your numbers please. The number is a lot bigger than 1% just based on the amount of showroom and online sames space they get.
They do get outsold by LCDs, but it is due to marketing. LCDs are objectively inferior where it counts (picture quality) but they also have much better profit margins for manufacturers and retailers, so they'll put way more effort selling them than they would plasmas. This is why plasmas seem to be the domain of the enthusiast and people who know WTF, while LCDs are sold to the uninformed masses.
Burn-in and image retention are two very different things, and the latter (which is what is more likely to happen) isn't permanent. As it stands, I haven't had any IR issues with my Pioneer in five years, and this is with playing video games that have static UI elements. I haven't heard of any burn-in issues in ages.
Who cares about their weight, do people move their TVs around a lot?
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