Originally Posted by twocrosbys
Thank you! So what brands are more reliable in terms of TVs?
It's not so much a problem of reliability. One of my sons and his family purchased a Visio to replace a Panasonic plasma I had gifted them years ago and they love it.
The problem with other than first tier brands is that in order to cut prices to the bare bones, they do as Steve S. mentioned above. In addition, they do not order too many spare parts. As a consequence, if they have had a bad run on a specific part, replacements might not be available.
My daughter-in-law did just what Otto suggested above. Got an extended warranty and if the TV cannot be fixed due to lack of parts, they will be covered...with a brand new TV.