Originally Posted by Darth Cardo
Sad to read this morning from Panasonic's insider (from that other forum) he provided a 5-6 year path before plasma is discontinued - phased out
Maybe this is the reason of such small incremental changes from one generation to the other... OLED will be taking over the market
It's like intel microprocessors, they already have it all planned for the next 15 years... Call me fool but I wasn't happy reading that sentences...
That's not what he said and not what he meant - he didn't state that Plasma would be discontinued in 5-6 years.
He was responding to a question asking that if Panasonic gets an OLED to market if that spelled the end for Plasma, but he agreed with Samsung's estimate that Plasmas will be around until at least the year 2020, unless OLED or other technologies can be made cheaply and can sell. You said something about plasma being phased out in 5 years and his response was that it would be a gradual phasing out, and it would take longer than 5 years, and like he said earlier that would only be so if OLED was able to be made cheaply and if there was a market for it.
But even if Panasonic brings OLED to market in the next few years and it turns out to be a viable replacement for Plasma earlier than they thought then what would be so bad about Plasma being replaced by a superior technology? I could even envision in 3-5 years Panasonic making OLEDs as their high-end product but continuing making Plasmas, but cutting it down to 2 or 3 series and only in the 50"-70" range. It's possible to offer LCDs, Plasmas, and OLEDs providing there's a market for all three. There was a period when Panasonic was making tube TVs, Rear Projection TVs, LCD TVs, and Plasma TVs all at the same time so now they're down from 4 to 2 technologies. Why not add a 3rd (OLED) and keep their hand in all three technologies if it can be profitable?
Big Plasmas are relatively cheap to make per inch of screen size and it's a mature tech that's already paid for itself.