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I'm getting ready to buy either a Panasonic Plasma 65" GT50 or a Samsung
PN64E8000.

I can see by the reviews that the Panasonic has some edge to the picture quality and Samsung has the lead in Web packages. A lot of the reviews have it that the Panasonic is the better TV.

My question is: I never see anyone factoring in the Samsung capability and strategy to provide the end user the ability to upgrade the hardware, software and firmware by shoving in a new card in a slot on the back of the machine.

Does anyone think this is going to be a major factor down the road?

Thanks,
post #2 of 5
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My question is: I never see anyone factoring in the Samsung capability and strategy to provide the end user the ability to upgrade the hardware, software and firmware by shoving in a new card in a slot on the back of the machine.


IF Everything Else were equal, MIGHT let that be a deciding factor.

Otherwise - and based upon reports of Samsung's LACK of support for their older blu-ray players (albeit from an admittedly small sample size) - would not put any value on that.

In fact, rather like the Recommendation to IGNORE the Web Apps on the "Smart Tvs" - from any company - and instead pick up an external box for that function.

We have a handful of components that were supposedly designed with "Future Upgrades" in mind - whether by swapping cards, or plugging a new board into an "Expansion Slot." Exactly NONE of these has ever received a PHYSICAL update - only downloadable Firmware / Software updates, and even at that (for the most part) only within the first year or two of ownership.

Unless you are buying TRULY High-End gear - like, for example, a RED Camera - would not count on very much R&D going to Upgrading older models.

There can ALWAYS be Exceptions, of course...
post #3 of 5
I would go by PQ, not web packages. And Panny has the edge there. You might want to consider the ST50 as well. You can easily upgrade firmware on the Panny with an internet connection. And for streaming, BluRay payers do a better job than displays anyway. And then there's reliability and customer service, where IMO Panny is the winner over Samsung.
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Originally Posted by vodkatonic51 View Post

I'm getting ready to buy either a Panasonic Plasma 65" GT50 or a Samsung
PN64E8000.
I can see by the reviews that the Panasonic has some edge to the picture quality and Samsung has the lead in Web packages. A lot of the reviews have it that the Panasonic is the better TV.
My question is: I never see anyone factoring in the Samsung capability and strategy to provide the end user the ability to upgrade the hardware, software and firmware by shoving in a new card in a slot on the back of the machine.
Does anyone think this is going to be a major factor down the road?
Thanks,

Not even Samsung is specific about what will be offered through that port. I can't help but imagine what can happen to microprocessors hanging off the back of a plasma. Also, Samsung can't even get the features of E8000 working right, why wouldn't this be just as frustrating for an owner? IMO, not even that justifies the buzz of a Samsung.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks Folks,

I am pretty new to the higher end of HDTVs and had no idea that the whole concept of upgradeability was somewhat questionable. Pretty naive i guess.

I appreciate the responses and have changed direction from Samsung to Panasonic. Now I have to wait a litle for the price to come down a tick or two. Samsung was starting to drop because they've been out for a few months, but Panasonic just came out last month and hasn;t had a meaningful drop,

Thanks again for setting me straight.
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