Originally Posted by specuvestor
It's hard to sell them in a bright environment. It's a vicious cycle.
What J6P fail to realise is that your house is never going to be that bright. And I know what I'm saying as I live near the Equator
In short Plasma marketing (and strategic positioning) sucks (which I have been saying for years). They've lost the battle in 1080p race, and now lost the war as Panny shuts P5.
For me it was more about budget. I wanted a plasma, but could not afford the cost for the features I wanted:
1080p or 720p (could not tell the difference at 8 feet away, could at 5)
Decent black levels
I use a surround sound system, so I do not care about speaker quality, and I with the receiver I only have the one hdmi cable to the tv. I have a ps3 for media purposes, so I do not need usb streaming or widgets. Don't care how thin it is, because it will be on a deep tv stand and I just see that as a weakness potentially causing compromises (smaller power supply/heat distribution). But I am in the minority and the general public seems to rather like quanity of features over quality.
This year looks to be the last of the Panasonic ST line making 42", and Samsung has already stopped offering one with a filter.
Since I could not get the tv I wanted right now, I decided to buy an lcd (32" Panasonic-wanted the Alpha IPS panel), and will get a plasma when I can afford it.
Probably something along the lines of a Panasonic ST or Samsung 550 (if I can tolerate the glare) or the 7000.