Originally Posted by PoweredPro
What are your thoughts on CedYou's comment, should LCD EWs be like that of a laptop - or because of the nature of a LCD they should be serviced and not just tossed to the trash pile....
A laptop is by definition a portable device meant to be carried around and in normal use is much more likely to suffer accidental damage than a living room tv set.
The cost of including coverage for accidental damage to a tv set in the warranty would be prohibitive and unfair to those without Wiis or those willing purchase protective devices so kids don't break the tv. The potential for warranty abuse is also very much present if accidental damage is covered. Perhaps offering accidental damage coverage as an extra-cost option on the wty is a good idea for parent's peace of mind.
I think it's fair to assume that the majority of non-accident related tv failures these days don't involve panel or backlight replacement but more likely a circuit board or power supply, so repair should be the first option if repair is feasible from the standpoint of parts availability or cost.
Whether these new tvs are throwaway items or not is largely dependent on parts support from their mfgs. This is already non-existent with many bargain brands.