I don't know if I'm right, my only thought is based off of the previous experiences with warranty situations. Something happened to a previous tv of mine (just outside of the warranty period) and my options were to have it repaired or have it replaced. Luckily, the place I bought it (PC Richards) stepped in and replaced the tv with a current year model from a different manufacturer. The company I bought the tv from (Toshiba) offered no help other than to hand me to their repair department (which wanted to charge me $$) or to give me a few bucks off a new set. I know with some of the car companies that have gone under recently, some of them are not producing parts or offering support once the warranty period has lapsed. I think the biggest thing here is that no one can predict how Panasonic will go about things once (and IF) they decide to leave the market.