Abstract from Pioneer's 2009 Annual Report:
- "The Company resolved to transfer its patents for plasma display panels and modules to Panasonic Corporation at the Board of Directors’ meeting held on April 28, 2009. The two companies had executed the agreement on May 15, 2009. This constitutes part of the business restructuring effort in accordance with plans for a full withdrawal from the display business."
So, hopefully the new VT25 and G25 are the sons of the above purported Viera-Kuro marriage (Panasonic, out of their own self esteem, will never say that they now use Pioneer technology); if so, these new sets might be the new HDTV holy grail: last year's Kuros' deep blacks plus this year's new tech panels' higher intensity illumination, it's like having local dimming LED LCDs' contrast ratios and brightness without any of their cons (blooming, bad off-center PQ, laggy pixels). If they manage to sell them at even lower prices than the V10 and G10 (Hey Pany, remember, the recession is not over yet!), well, it's time we all hail "King Kuro is dead, long live Queen Viera!"