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Panasonic might give up on Plasma TVs

Reports are circulating that TV maker Panasonic has halted the development of plasma TVs and is considering exiting the market altogether. Panasonic wouldn't be the first major TV manufacturer to exit the sagging plasma TV market, as Vizio threw in the towel on the segment back in 2009.
The move is part of Panasonic's plan to turn around its ailing TV business.  For its part, a Panasonic representative was more nebulous about the company’s intentions, stating, "We are considering a number of options regarding our TV business. But nothing has been decided yet.”

Panasonic announced in November of 2012 that it has plans to shed 10,000 workers by the end of March 2013. And last summer, Panasonic announced that it was teaming up with Sony to share costs and to collaborate on the production of next-generation OLED panels for TVs and other large displays. Many see OLED as the next big sreen technology in the TV industry. 

Source: Yahoo! News

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RE: surprising
By Motoman on 3/18/2013 10:42:36 AM , Rating: 1
If only they were still making LED DLP TVs...

But yes. Granted that you can buy a perfectly good 50" LCD TV for about $500, it's a hard upsell to get to a plasma...

RE: surprising
By degobah77 on 3/18/2013 11:59:04 AM , Rating: 5
Perfectly good 50" LCD for $500? I'm sure that's a valid price point, but it won't be perfectly good for anyone who actually wants good picture quality and deep black levels.

The highest quality LCD that even comes close to plasma PQ is a $5000-$7000 Sharp ELITE, and even then the Panny plasmas still best it with color accuracy, for less than half the price.

RE: surprising
By fortiori on 3/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: surprising
By degobah77 on 3/19/2013 1:43:42 PM , Rating: 1
A high end full array local dimming LCD is very expensive, and definitely up there in PQ, but you can't compare a $3500 LCD to an $800 Plasma.

RE: surprising
By radium69 on 3/19/2013 4:44:00 AM , Rating: 2
Bought my LG PQ2000 Plasma for 500USD. Gives better quality than most LCD's in its price range.

Friend of mine has a Philips 45" LCD and with its Natural Motion it is more like "Motion Sickness" Disgusting.

That aside we have a Panasonic P65 downstairs. And it's been going flawlessly for over 4 years already.

I once got into an argument with my local hi-fi audio and video enthousiast. Told him he has been bribed by Samsung for their D8000 series. Since he found them better at image quality than a VT50.

I told him he was blind and never spoke to him again.
All the guys their that came to that shop we're also plasma fans. Too bad he has to close his shop down now.

Won't get a penny from me anymore...
Hope to scoop up the ZT60 in a year or two.

I don't watch a lot of TV, cause, commercials.
But I do watch a lot of movies and premium channels.
For use with XBMC and great quality rips there is just no other...

Hope they will continue, I wish Panasonic the best.
I will never switch out to washed out LCD, try cleaning smudges on that! Haha good luck.

Also they might be heavier but they are quite sturdy and build quality is splendid.

Panasonic Plasma > any LCD ever created.

RE: surprising
By on 3/18/2013 4:14:24 PM , Rating: 2
Making a comment that compares TVs strictly on a price level shows the root of the problem. Plasmas give a FAR better image than any LCD on the market, particularly Panasonics. Its a real shame that they are leaving the market, as OLEDs won't really be affordable anytime soon.

If you have sense, go grab one of those mid level Panasonics now while they are on sale, to at least tide you over until OLED gets cheaper.

Or just buy a projector, and win all over.

RE: surprising
By TakinYourPoints on 3/18/2013 9:19:04 PM , Rating: 4
Yup. Some people know the price of everything while knowing the value or quality of nothing.

Hell, some people don't even know what image quality is, they actually prefer enabling edge enhancement, motion smoothing, inaccurate rendering effects from hacks like local dimming, all the things you can get from LCD HDTVs.

RE: surprising
By Motoman on 3/19/2013 3:37:52 PM , Rating: 2

What people like me get is that the difference in image quality isn't worth the extra cost, so f%ck it.

Especially when the TV is at home and not side-by-side with the other TVs.

The amount of enjoyment that you miss when you buy the $500 LCD instead of the $3,000 plasma? 0%

RE: surprising
By TakinYourPoints on 3/22/2013 5:20:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well, this is you we're talking about. No standards and no eyeballs apparently.

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