From what I've read, it appears that the ONLY people getting any Samsung relief are the ones who first experienced problems within the warranty period. My warranty ran out in June '07, problems showed up in August '07, but they don't care. I called them again today to let them know of the formal diagnosis (another $187 down the drain) and was met with the same response - "Your TV is still out of warranty and there is nothing we are going to do for you." At this point I have a $3100 TV that has rung up $2500 in repair bills (so far) in less than 24 months, but Samsung doesn't care.
The Customer Service lady today went on to volunteer that they have a three repair threshold. If your TV has three (warranty) repairs, then they look to replace the unit. However, if your TV is even one month past the warranty, it doesn't matter how many repairs and of what type you incur.
I just contacted the attorneys handling the class action lawsuit against Samsung on their camcorders and referred them to this website to see if there is any merit in a similar action. In the case of the camcorders, the defect was $150. With our TVs, the defect is $1200. Not to minimize the guys with camcorder problems, but just based on the $$$, I would say that our cases are worth pursuing as well.
All I can say is document, document, document in the event there is ever any "payback."