Originally Posted by vinnie97
Panasonic sure went through a lot of trouble in introducing a new flagship model if they're set to exit Plasma at any moment now. Their financial situation would obviously be the only cause of them abandoning it completely.
Agreed. Panasonic has shown more commitment to Plasma than the other two companies for 2013 with five models being announced - one less model than their 2012 lineup had. Samsung on the other hand has slashed their lineup from over 5 models to only two (entry level 720p and one expensive flagship), and i understand LG has reduced their 2013 lineup to only two models as well.
Samsung and LG are very heavily invested in LED technology so it's not surprising that they'd move more eggs into their LED baskets. But Panasonic is much more vested in PDP and not so much in LED and i actually think they'll see an increase in PDP sales now with the competition not having much to offer this year. Panasonic really has no reason to abandon Plasma yet since they're comparatively cheap to make, they still have the best overall picture quality, they sell for much less than even the most inferior LED sets, and OLED won't be a viable or financial alternative for at least a few years if not longer. Until OLED is ready for prime time and at affordable prices, i just don't see Panasonic abandoning Plasma any time soon.