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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 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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