Yeah, the bad caps came out of China after a stolen formula wasnt quite right, and Samsung and Sony got caught sourcing cheap shady parts.
I bought a big screen CRT, a DVD Player, and a VCR in the late 90s, all Samsung, and they were all duds. So I soured on them. But realize that they have upped their game.
The point isnt to poo poo Samsung. The point is that any brand can have problems, in fact it's the nature of the beast.
Complaining about a company not fixing things on their dime out of warranty seems to be a bit much. Sony has to fix their premium priced sets out of warranty, else they couldnt charge more in the marketplace for them, because there would be a lot of irate customers bashing them on the net....ie......"I paid big bucks for the Sony brand name and it's a piece of crap."
But again, Im not poo pooing any brand.
Epson 8350 / Panasonic AX-200u / Optoma Graywolf 92" / Draper Luma 92"
Samsung 51F8500 / Panasonic P50ST60 / Vizio P502ui-B1 / Sony 50W700B LCD
Sony S790 / Panasonic BDT-220 / Roku 2 XS & Roku 2
Samsung F550 / Speakercraft CS3 / Yamaha YAS-105