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
10/10/2013 11:17:18 AM
1. Glad I'm not playing catch with my plasma TV then!
2. The operating cost of a plasma vs LCD is about $24/year. OMG, THE SAVINGS!
3. Good thing I'm not sleeping on it?
4. I would be just as careful with a plasma as with any other TV, this is a ridiculous statement.
5. Which means it'll last about...15-20 years...uh ok? I'll want to upgrade to OLED well before that so it's a non-issue.
It's truly unfortunate that uneducated and/or non-caring masses of people shopping at Walmart buying their BIG ASS CHEAP LCDs with gray blacks and cartoon colors are forcing true value and PQ off the market. At least Samsung is making damn good plasmas too, so hopefully they'll keep the torch lit.
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