Originally Posted by weedeater
I stand by my prediction that Panasonic will be out of the TV business by the end of 2013.
I don't think they will be out of the tv business. They may abandon plasma in favour of a newer technology, like OLED, maybe.
I think we've seen the best plasma television can offer at a reasonable cost. Pioneer priced itself out of the market. Panasonic has been sitting on the technology for a few years now, giving incremental changes to its models. They are apparently not yet to Kuro quality, not by lack of means, but by lack of financial return: there's not enough people willing to pay 6000$ for a tv. So a 2500$ tv has to make some compromises. This forum is packed by hardcore users, so it's kinda skewed toward the big elite models.
So if Panasonic plans to stop plasma research, it's because they found another niche wich they think they can exploit. That means they'll keep producing tvs for a few years after their research is done, they probably have enough "new" technologies to produce fair priced plasma tvs for a few years, wich will give them time to create fair priced tv of better or equal quality to their current plasma line with a newer tech that has some future. they might even start introducing these lines parallel to plasma, for the bigger models by 2014-2015, wich will gradually replace plasma as it is phased out.