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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 fortiori on 3/18/2013 6:17:58 PM , Rating: -1
Going to have to disagree with you there. I have a Sony hx850 and trust me when i tell you, the blacks are way blacker than most Plasmas i've seen. Short of the top model Panasonics (VT50 etc), it's an absolute beast for contrast and eats most plasmas for lunch.

I also have an XBR8, and it's kind of funny/sad to compare them. The XBR8 has local backlit dimming, yet somehow the hx850 puts it to shame with its edge-lit scheme. Don't ask me how.


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.


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