Thank you everyone for your responses.
@lovinthehd - I thought about projection, but I need a larger room because when I go for it, I go big. Like you, I am a big movie fan. The IR is a concern because the wife and I watch some t.v. shows on ShowTime and they have their logo in that same place you mentioned. And reading warranties it appears these guys know this so it is not included. But your answer is true, in the end why not get a plasma?
@5thdimension - Well, I stepped in to the next dimension alright. Panasonic's 85" is my liking, but as I sign for the purchase, I also would need to sign my divorce papers. But awesome looking.
So holding out for 2013. Does anyone know when the expected release date is?
For the power consumption, I do not mind one bit.
I found this about the IR
This issue with IR, is there some sort of average time (per manufacturer) that it takes to get this? I read that some people change the channel during commercials, so does that mean you can get IR from just watching 10 minutes worth of a show with a dumb logo on it? In the test, it was 8 hours so I am kind of at a loss here in how long this takes to get IR.
So what are (or could be) the differences in the 2012 vs 2013 in Panasonic and Samsung models? Is there any news about the specs on the 2013 models to compare?
Samsung or Panasonic? Hmmm.