Panasonic to Exit Plasma TV Business by March 2014
October 9, 2013 10:30 AM
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Workers in the division will be reassigned
In previous years, plasma technology was very popular with consumers that demanded large-screen televisions. However, as LCD technology became cheaper and image quality improved, the demand for plasma TVs has dwindled dramatically.
A rumor surfaced in March of this year that Panasonic would be
exiting the plasma television market
. That exit has now been confirmed according to sources that claim to be familiar with the company’s plans. The sources claim that Panasonic will leave the plasma television panel market by the end of March 2014.
Panasonic has continued to eliminate areas of its business that have performed poorly (as witnessed by its
recent exit from the consumer smartphone market
). Plasma televisions accounted for less than 6% of global shipments in 2012 compared to 87% for LCD TVs.
Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp combined for less than 20% of the worldwide flat-panel TV market by revenue. Samsung has 27.7% of the overall market while LG has 15%.
sources also tipped that the several hundred workers that are currently employed at Panasonic in the plasma television operation will be moved to other divisions within the company.
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RE: Too bad
10/9/2013 4:36:25 PM
refresh time is not the same as input lag. Plasma screens have excelent refresh time (aprox 600Hz compared to an LCD 60-240Hz), but plasma as a whole tend to have pretty awful input lag, and smart TVs are twice as bad.
Nothing better than a plasma for watching movies, but gaming and computer use is all about LCD.
RE: Too bad
10/9/2013 4:43:43 PM
I didn't say anything about refresh rates in my post. I'm talking about quick response in reference to input lag. And as I already said, plasmas are fine if you enable GAME mode.
RE: Too bad
10/9/2013 5:44:01 PM
These are "marketing refresh rates" rather than actual visible image updates per second.
Almost all TVs just do 60Hz. I'd assume that active 3D TVs do 120Hz, but they almost never accept 120Hz input for 2D. See:
I don't think there's anything inherent in plasma TVs that would lead to higher input lag. It's more a question of the firmware logic.
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