"How dependable is LG's bad pixel replacement policy, can they suddenly decide to decline warranties on say less than 5 dead pixels? (if they got too many claims from OLED owners)"
I'll let you know tomorrow.
I'll say this: if you call during the day and tell them you own this set, they will transfer you to a specific line with people who actually give a crap...and they will assure you that they will replace the panel even if one subpixel is out. It is actually impressive how they treat you on this so called "VIP" line which I had the pleasure of being connected to twice; and I can ALSO assure you that if it didn't exist I never would have solved the very first software problem I had. They will also tell you on this line, if you ask, that they have never heard of dead pixels on this set....which is absolutely hilarious to hear them say with a straight face.
Then, if you call later or they simply don't give you said VIP line they won't even know what a pixel is....not kidding, really....I told him I had three dead pixels and he said "so....the tv looks pixelated?" I asked him about their pixel policy and he said "I don't know, that's up to the technician to decide." I said "really? because every single manufacturer of tv's has a pixel policy, and I was told just yesterday that you have a separate and all inclusive one for the tv I have", to which he said "sir, you don't understand. this is up to the technician to decide". And I was 100% sure it was actually he who didn't understand. But it was futile. They also will absolutely refuse to answer even the most rudimentary questions such as: "do you still manufacture panels for this tv?"
Then the tech calls you regardless of which line you spoke with. The tech doesn't know anything about your specific set. Mine doesn't really know they made OLED tv's; BUT also told me that he can probably get them to give me a panel but he has to send video feed of the issues to the factory.....so weird. so, what's going to happen tomorrow is completely up in the air. It's anybody's guess right now so if you'd all like to take bets go right ahead.
As far as my PC Richards warranty goes, I'm not worried there. As long as they see you spent decent money with them and took out an EW (they make tons of money off of EW's since the manufacturer's just reimburse them for everything they take back, period), then they will let you do whatever. Dealing with them is very easy. If they only had more in stock it would be great and they assure me that they have 10 on order but do not know when they will get them only that they will; while LG says it's impossible for them to get any more.
I too am OCD about pq, obviously. I mean, my tv has issues but as of right now it's definitely watchable. If I slept on it again however, I think even my grandmother would see the problem. But I don't see what's wrong with being picky when you look towards the highest end of the consumer spectrum on any type of technology...you don't buy this tv if you don't get how there's a difference between it and a westinghouse as long as they're both 1080p! You don't buy this tv if all you see when shopping for a tv is how thin it is and how big the screen size is for the money! You don't buy this tv if you don't know what black levels are! (90% of the people I know fall into all those categories)
You don't buy this tv if you don't know WHY you're buying this tv or why this tv even exists, period!
If I sow a wind now, I will reap a storm.