Panasonic is the only one who has ever made a 42 inch 1080p plasma. And that in itself should make it a selling point. But problem is they most likely dont sell many of them.
One important fact to know is that 2/3 of all plasmas sold in the world is 768p models!
And those are most of them probably 42 inch models, and they are CHEAP!
And knowing the VERY bad salesmen in the stores, who is going to tell the costumers why they should pay more for the same size?! And the smaller pixels on the 1080p models makes them darker too ( less phosfor per pixel = less lightout put ) and that makes them looks bad compared too most other tvs in a bright store.
And the bigger resolution is hardley noticed, and tv looks better on the 768p models too ( i have 2 for just that reason! ). So 42 full hd is a model that has a kinda hard spot on the market!
But i still hope they keep it here in europe, since i just like you think that there really needs to be a smaller sized top model!
But the full hd plasma has very small part of overall sales in the world, no matter what size it is.
Originally Posted by homerging
Worse than that, it seems there might not even be a model as good as the P42ST30.
It isn't about being able to sell a P42VT50 for a low enough price, it is about the fact that buying larger than 42" physically isn't an option for alot of buyers. If they sold a VT50 at 42" it would be almost the only option for a decent TV in that size bracket and they could charge accordingly. There are 310 million people in the US yet the P42VT30 was widely manufactured in country-specific versions for countries as little as the size of Alabama.