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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 MrAwax on 3/18/2013 11:05:57 AM , Rating: 3
Plasma TV still have the best image quality for a lower price (Every year, Panasonic's plasmas are acclaimed for their unmatched quality).

The only drawback of plasmas are:
- lower brightness (not a problem for contrast because of their deep deep black levels but an issue for very bright rooms)
- higher consumption ($20-40/year more in electric)
- heavier (22.5kg for a 50" plasma vs 16kg for a 50" LCD/LED so wall hanging might require a bigger wallmount)

No LCD/LED can match exactly a good plasma in picture quality (clouding are still an issue) and those that come close are MUCH more expensive, like +50/100% more.
So there are still reasons to manufacture and buy plasmas until all people are brainwashed into buying LCD/LED.

RE: surprising
By Spuke on 3/18/13, Rating: -1
RE: surprising
By degobah77 on 3/18/2013 12:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
Plasmas are more than bright enough these days. But in any case, it's truly going to be a sad day when plasma tech progress dies because the Walmart masses buy nothing but the big, bright, cheap crap.

RE: surprising
By Spuke on 3/18/2013 1:28:22 PM , Rating: 2
Plasmas are more than bright enough these days.
That's not what I keep reading from the home theater guys. Those are their words not mine but go ahead and paint me with that broad brush of yours. And to the coward that rated me down, PROVE otherwise.

RE: surprising
By degobah77 on 3/18/2013 2:05:56 PM , Rating: 2
My brush was for the market in general.

I've owned multiple plasma panels over the last 10 years, never had an issue with brightness in well lit rooms, and apparently the newest ones are even brighter.

But I'd assert that most people buy the cheapest, brightest looking TV in the store which is going to be an LCD in torch mode. Fine by me, just wish it wouldn't negatively impact the availability of what the rest of us prefer.

People are such dicks.

RE: surprising
By Spuke on 3/18/2013 2:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
Fine by me, just wish it wouldn't negatively impact the availability of what the rest of us prefer.
I don't know if I'd call them dicks LOL but I see your point.

RE: surprising
By Mockingbird on 3/18/2013 12:43:42 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I'm waiting for the "my 20 year old crt is still better than this crap" comment. I'm sure once OLED is released mass market we'll all be wondering how we put up with lcd/plasma compromises

RE: surprising
By Pneumothorax on 3/18/2013 9:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
OLED has at least a decade before taking off. No matter what the marketers tell you, they haven't really solved the poor life of the blue LEDs. Because of the blue led problem, oleds will have the tendency to have a 'blue led burnin' so you're trading one flaw for another. Once this is solved and yields go up, then oled will be a viable alternative. Until then you'll be stuck buying used panasonics and Kuros.

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