Originally Posted by maladjusted
IMO,Sony will eventually follow pioneer & close down their TV manufacturing facilities. ...Its an LG & Samsung TV world & getting bigger,with less originality involved.As a person posted on an WHF S&V forum:"Pack them to the rafters & the guy that wants a half decent TV just pop a Samsung TV into your carboot,with no WEB access,full 3DHD or even true bluray/1080p....
Survival at the high end of the market is all about quality. Survival for the rest of the world is about price, price, price. Ultimately I'd wager in 4-6 years the only end of the high end display market to survive will be Apple and their Apple-TV's commanding $1-2k premiums for streaming and computer like integration features for those vested owners of I-phones and I-pads. Let's hope their quality will be superb. They will finally kill off Sony's display division who dosen't get what consumers want - just like they did their Walkman/portable audio division.
Sony will close out its high end lines. They are the smartest player in the room right now killing off OLED and essentially sitting out the trade shows. Their CEO is running scared from Apple and at CEDIA basically raised the white flag with his comments.
Vizio, Viore, LG, Samsung and Westinghouse will dominate display sales with inexpensive mass manufacturing in China or Mexico for those who want basic connected TV's to hook up to a DVR or cable and could care less about Netflix or i-Phones
Consumers want cheap fast and easy - they shop for food in the same way they shop for displays. What can I get for $3.99 or $399. Why else do we still have 720p plasma in the market and even higher end plasma panels made in Mexico?
The only thing that may save all of us who appreciate quality is an economic recovery in the short term and the Chinese elite's demand for high quality product.
I for one am glad I have a final gen Kuro. Just as Flagship receivers from Japan died in 2008, Flagship changers, displays and just about anything else above the $1k pricepoint is becomming obsolete for joe and jane blow.
Netflix, i-Tunes and convenience are the death of quality. It will be a sad say day when we can't buy a Blu-Ray at 1080p (or better) and a CD or SACD/DVD-A with higher quality sampling rates. As least online CD/SACD/vinyl isn't dead - that offers some hope the quality niche will survive for those than can afford and are willing to look for it.