Yeah, I bought my 65S64 way back in April at Sam's for about $1400 (with shipping it came to about $1500), but a few weeks later the price dropped $100, then they started offering free shipping and I predicted by Black Friday it would be down to $1000. Close, as I saw it priced for just over $100 a week before Thanksgiving with only 1-3 left at the 2 stores I stopped by, but I didn't expect Panasonic to quit making plasmas and discontinue the S64 model so quickly. I had to replace my old 34" Sony HD CRT because it was rapidly dying with the colors going bad and shutting off with the 6 blinking power LED. No regrets for it being my first flat screen and costing $500 less than the Sony. Hopefully it lasts 10+ years and by the time it dies, OLED will be superior and as affordable. Right now, it is strange for Panasonic to abandon the superior technology as OLED is not yet cost effective and LCD/LED is substandard quality.
Well this sucks. December 26 2013:
Sony and Panasonic will dissolve a partnership that began in 2013 to develop better methods of producing OLED displays. The two manufacturers were unable to overcome a series of technical barriers, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.
Panasonic and Sony will instead focus on the development of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) displays. Sales of televisions with Ultra HD 4K resolution, with roughly four times the resolution of current 1080p HD sets, are expected to leap to five million worldwide in 2014, up from 1.95 million in 2012 according to analysis firm DisplaySearch.