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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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RE: Funny
By Aikouka on 1/5/2007 12:50:16 PM , Rating: 0
I don't see how this is too bad of a turn-off to be honest. All TVs have parts that tend to go after awhile, some a bit more severe than others. The old tube TVs were probably the more versatile and really didn't suffer from parts that degradated as quickly as the newer technologies. I have a 25" Magnavox set at home that's 15 years old and it still works just fine. It did have an expensive part replaced at one point while it was still under warranty though.

DLPs have their bulbs that last about 2 years. However, my Samsung makes this replacement a breeze. Also, I set my brightness to half and it's just fine.

LCDs have a backlight and they eventually die.

Plasmas have a half-life of around 5 years.

Nothing's perfect, but at the rapid technological pace of today, we may even upgrade before some of these become an issue (except maybe DLP, as 2 years is a fairly short time).

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.

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