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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%.

Reuters’ 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. 

Source: Reuters

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RE: Too bad
By tng on 10/9/2013 4:38:58 PM , Rating: -1
it's one thing or the other and no middle ground?
LOL, I watch TV, probably allot less than most people, but I still watch a few shows.

As for middle ground, Plasma fanatics are so defensive and so certain that they never understood what TV was until they seen a plasma. If you are into plasma there is no middle ground, Pio and Panasonic are God and everything else is crap.

I love to get them going. As for the outside being one just one interest as you infer, I can think of dozens of things I would rather be doing outside than watching TV, plasma or not...

RE: Too bad
By degobah77 on 10/9/2013 4:50:39 PM , Rating: 5
When I'm done skydiving, jetskiing, hiking Mt. Everest, sailing the Atlantic, scuba diving in the tropics, skiing down a mountain in British Columbia, flying my stunt kite, building a community playground, winning my beach volleyball game, coaching my little league game, handing out flyers for the clean water act, picnicing in the park, mowing my lawn, building my halfpipe, kitesurfing, and sitting on the dock of the mutha'uckin' bay, I'm gonna go home and watch my bad ass PLASMA because it's GOD. Ok?

RE: Too bad
By Spuke on 10/9/2013 5:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
sitting on the dock of the mutha'uckin' bay

RE: Too bad
By 3DoubleD on 10/10/2013 8:28:48 AM , Rating: 2

That was maybe one of the best replies I've read this year!

RE: Too bad
By shuninxuo on 10/11/2013 11:48:14 PM , Rating: 1
If you have so many better things to do than watch TV or care about the picture quality or the technologies behind it, don't you have better things to do than read an article about TVs and post moronic posts telling others to get a life?

Why don't you go outside, have sex with a tree and take a dump on a squirrel.

Leave the discussion about this topic to the people who are actually interested in the subject.

RE: Too bad
By tng on 10/15/2013 5:29:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why don't you go outside, have sex with a tree and take a dump on a squirrel.
LOL, you know my ex and her dog? Really I didn't do that, don't care what she said!

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