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
10/11/2013 11:15:43 PM
Any monitor can have image retention, although LCDs tend to be less prone to it. PWM (pulse width modulation) may help some, by turning the backlight on and off.
Some high-res LG IPS panels have had complaints about IR, and that includes the retina Macbook screens and some Dell displays.
LCD tends to be much less prone to IR than my 2008 plasma, though. It can't be used even at 0 brightness with my computer, but it doesn't have issues with TV content (including AppleTV/Netflix interfaces.) My first-generation LED backlit 2008 Macbook Pro has had a light area where the menu bar is for years.
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