Originally Posted by Speakerphile
True, but the one time they don't cover something like the items listed above, you loose far more than $300. Both plans certainly have their benefits though. I just wanted to make sure all of the differences were called out, as they go far beyond just burn-in/IR. Everyone will have to decide which plan, if any, is right for them. If we wanted to debate the "value" of each plan, we'd be here all night.
Yeah, but paying roughly $400 for the option of having set replaced only ONE time due to burn in, on a 55" VT50 which currently is selling for $1600 or less at many places now, is also no great deal. To go through two 55" VT50 from burn in damage, would be $800 spent service contracts for them, or 1/2 the cost of the TV itself. That kind of total outlay of cash spent for service contracts, is definitely not a great deal at all!
As much as may people will not want to hear this. Most all cases of burn-in on a plasma are also the result of some form of customer abuse of the set, stuff like playing video games for hours on end, or using the TV as a monitor for a PC, or stetting all the sets adjustments to "torch modes" type viewing level, is not what the sets were really designed for. Now as for burn in from those ultra annoying TV station logo's, there is not much a consumer can do to totally prevent those from possibly doing damage. Other than using a TV's "zoom" feature to try and bypass the logo from showing, or with reduced picture settings, you're hands are pretty much tied up and what you can do to try and prevent burn in from TV logos.
I am actually somewhat surprised that there has not been some sort of class action lawsuit brought out against TV networks and local stations about those TV logo's and burn in they caused to sets. Burn in from hose logo's are nothing unique to plasma TV, one of my friends his wife constantly watched show mostly on CBS on his CRT based RPTV. And it ended up with a permanent image of that stupid CBS logo burned in to the set.
Funny how the logo's are absent during almost all commercial breaks though. Anybody wanna bet that those that pay to have their commercial shown on the TV stations, also probably have it written into the contracts for them paying to have their commercials broadcast, that the commercial will absolutely not be blocked in any way at all by a stupid TV station logo. When it come to not showing the stupid station logo's in any way at all, obviously the advertisers money talks rather well to shut off the logo for the duration of the commercial!Edited by Johnla - 1/15/13 at 4:30pm