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Out with the old, in with the new

Despite the good price/performance ratio, HP's DLP televisions are on their way out in favor of LCD and plasma based sets. HP revealed its 2007 lineup of HDTV’s that will be on display at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, and its roster of televisions no longer include DLPs.

According to an earlier report on the topic, HP has invested heavily in DLP technology -- making the move away from DLP a rather strange one. Market forces, such as increased demand and lower costs for flat panels, may have had something to do with the decision to concentrate on LCD and plasma.

When asked about its plans for new television products for this year Pat Kinley of HP Personal Systems Group explained, “During 2007, HP plans to concentrate engineering resources and marketing efforts towards the growth segments in the HDTV category, which include LCD and plasma TVs and home automation. As a result, we will sell through our existing 2006 inventory of MDTV [microdisplay TV] units and not introduce any new models next year.”

The company's 2007 product roadmap is as follows:

2007 HP Flat Panel Televisions

  • HP 1080p LC4276N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP 1080p LC4776N 47-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3272N 32-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3772N 37-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC4272N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP PL4272N 42-inch plasma TV
  • HP PL5072N 50-inch plasma TV

2007 MediaSmart Televisions

  • HP 1080p 42-inch SL4278N MediaSmart LCD TV
  • HP 1080p 47-inch SL4778N MediaSmart LCD TV

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By fenderkb76 on 1/5/2007 12:35:43 PM , Rating: 2
I find this very funny considering I was watching a football game the other day that was just smeared with "HP DLP, it's all about the mirrors" ads during the sponsors messages. I think there was even a blimp with that logo. Then today, "no more DLP". That was some wasted marketing money then. At least I'm pretty sure it was HP and not another manufacturer.

On another note, I always heard the downfall for DLP was the $200 bulb that had to be replaced almost yearly unless you really lowered the brightness. Can anyone here verify or debunk that based on experience? Besides that, I though DLP seemed like a great value based on the quality of picture vs. price.

RE: Funny
By Aikouka on 1/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: Funny
By boobot on 1/5/2007 1:42:06 PM , Rating: 3
You are incorrect about the longevity and should not be posting if you do not know the facts as this will confuse people.

Todays Plasma's and LCD's will be on par and even outlast any conventional tube television. I am not going to site sources as this information can be easily found on any HD forum site in detail.

RE: Funny
By neothe0ne on 1/5/2007 2:15:05 PM , Rating: 3
I've had a shitty RCA DLP for several years now, and I've never had to replace the bulb once. So I can tell you the yearly-replaced bulb is not true, but that doesn't mean the TV is good. No 720p input for the loss, and HORRIBLE lag on 480i and 480p input over composite and component just renders the TV about useless. Only my computer over DVI displaying in 1080i gets no lag, but the picture is too fuzzy to be able to read things.

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