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Old 11-01-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Panasonic Announces an End to Plasma TVs

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Panasonic Corporation today announced that in order to create a business structure that can respond to changes in the business environment and to accelerate the growth strategy of the company, the company will end the production of plasma display panels (PDP) in December 2013, and stop business operations at the Amagasaki P3 Factory (production currently stopped), the Amagasaki P5 Factory (production currently suspended), and the Amagasaki P4 Factory, which is currently operating, by the end of March 2014.
http://www.electronichouse.com/artic...bye_to_plasma/

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #2
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I have only owned Panasonic HD tv's. I love my new VIERA plasma but by the time I'm ready to replace it they will have something else out by then I'm sure...
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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According to Panasonic public financial statements, the company has lost more than $15 billion in the plasma TV business over the past two years.
that's impressive.
almost government-like.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:22 AM   #4
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Not sure why this qualifies as sad.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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Not sure why this qualifies as sad.
that.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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How are they losing so much money on them? The picture is great. Is it because they don't die quick enough?
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:27 AM   #7
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I have only owned Panasonic HD tv's. I love my new VIERA plasma but by the time I'm ready to replace it they will have something else out by then I'm sure...
I love the picture on my Viera plasma.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:30 AM   #8
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How are they losing so much money on them? The picture is great. Is it because they don't die quick enough?
Public doesn't always follow the best tech.


I say bring on the 4k resolution OLED TVs, and let plasma die.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #9
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I love the picture on my Viera plasma.

Me too
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #10
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #11
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Not sure why this qualifies as sad.
It's sad when good things die...

Everybody and their cheap-ass, ****-looking vizio TVs is killing off one of the best looking TVs you can buy picture quality-wise...
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:37 AM   #12
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I too enjoy my Panasonic branded tv.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:42 AM   #13
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Another thumbs up for the Panasonic plasmas. I adore mine. Bummer to see them go, but I am interested in what comes next.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #14
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I have 2 Panny plasmas. GREAT picture and excellent televisions. Too bad that the buying public don't realize what they are missing with the Panasonic Plasmas. They would rather buy either a $200 60' POS screen from some 3rd world country, or a 240hz Blingmaster than a really great Panasonic. Oh well, at least I have mine.

Full disclosure: I also have 3 LCD televisions in my home, and they have their place (one for watching sports on my deck in the sun). Plasma (especially the Panasonics) have better pictures, and smoother video action.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:50 AM   #15
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That's a bummer, their plasmas had way better picture quality than the LED-LCDs that killed them, for the same price. Blame idiot consumers who don't care about quality and just want the latest buzzwords. LED? 240Hz? Sold!

I am surprised that the DLP RPTV market has outlived plasmas, but I guess they have a inches-per-dollar advantage over LCD, which Plasma didn't.

I think a big part of the problem is how people buy TVs. They look at them standing 3 feet away from them on a shelf in a store, with ridiculously bright overhead lighting. So they look at the LED-LCDs that have higher brightness and oversaturated colors and say "Wow, this looks great, the picture really pops!" in the store, while the plasmas and DLPs look dim and washed-out. Then they get it home and don't adjust the settings and end up with an oversaturated, too-bright TV.

I've got a Mitsubishi DLP. Just before it arrived, I was at an electronics store with my mom, and they had one on display, and I said "This is the same brand and technology as my new TV" and she was very dubious of it. "Those LCDs look a lot better, the DLP is dim and washed out".

Well, when it's set up in my house, where I can control the ambient lighting and the glare, she comes over and her jaw drops. When there's not a gazillion watt flourescent light shining on the screen, just some carefully selected indirect lighting in my living room, it actually looks great, and has far more realistic colors, a more natural feel, and is not so bright it induces eyestrain.

There is no way she would even consider purchasing a DLP RPTV based on seeing one in a store, but seeing one in a living room, at the proper seating distance with the proper adjustments and the proper ambient lighting, she would.

I feel like plasma kinda went the same way. It's got deeper blacks and an overall better picture, but when you're standing in a brightly lit store, you can't tell the difference between the black levels, and the overly bright, overly saturated colors of LED-LCDs look good under ridiculous amounts of ambient lighting.
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Old 11-01-2013, 09:58 AM   #16
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Not sure why this qualifies as sad.
This. I'm sure they'll be able to cook up something that matches the plasma picture at some point without the device generating a fireball of heat and weighing a ton.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #17
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I thought they did this years ago.

Or was that Mitsu that dropped their plasma line?
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:04 AM   #18
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I love my 52" panny plasma. Plus it can heat the room!
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:04 AM   #19
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Too bad - great product.

I'm still waiting for the weight of the TV to ruin my life. Haven't noticed the power consumption, heat, or burn-in, either. And it's been 5 years.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:09 AM   #20
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My parents have had their panasonic plasma for years. I have 1 in my kids room. Great TVs, I prefer my Samsung plasma picture to it though.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:11 AM   #21
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I love my 50" Panasonic plasma. About 6-7 years ago within a week of purchasing it, my son, then 6 or 7 himself decided he wanted to try and use his magic to turn on the TV. Of course that required him rubbing the crystal at the end of his magic staff (from a renaissance festival) on the front glass and leaving a long vertical gouge in it.

Good news is you can only see the scratch when the thing is off.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:13 AM   #22
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Good news is you can only see the scratch when the thing is off, bad news is that he can't see at all any more.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #23
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I have 4 TVs in my house. A 50" Panasonic Plasma (which is the oldest), a 42" Westinghouse LCD (was cheap), and 2 Vizio LEDs (36" & 24"? I think?). The Westinghouse is crap. The Vizios both look really good. The Panasonic Plasma blows them all away. I love that TV.
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:15 AM   #24
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I love my 52" panny plasma. Plus it can heat the room!
Yep.

This stinks...I have yet to see an LCD/LED (that is in my price range) that makes me want to buy one for my man-cave. And my Plasma got tweaked in the move so I have no idea how long it will last.

As already mentioned by others, I do have a Panasonic LED in my family room as I don't trust my kids with regards to burn-in...otherwise it too would be a plasma.

Panasonic 4 lyfe yo!
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:20 AM   #25
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