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Japan's Panasonic Corp is leaning towards withdrawing from plasma television

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http://ca.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idCABRE92H00020130318
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I'm glad I ordered my VT60 then to hold me over until 4K OLED is affordable.
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Is it me or is it kind of cOLD in here? biggrin.gif
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The Japanese firm has already halted new development of plasma TVs, and decided that handling both plasma and LCD models would be inefficient, especially in Japan, where the flat-TV market is shrinking, the newspaper said.


Guess there won't be any new models next year!
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That's not what the article even said. LOL
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Buy extended warranties on your plasmas...this means if your plasma goes bad and they cant fix it...they better replace it with an LED tongue.gif
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seriously though...I just bought a UT50 by the way and well within the return period...now im thinking about returning it rolleyes.gif
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They're scrambling - "Panasonic considers selling medical equipment subsidiary"

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/business/AJ201303170034
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This may be what pushes me over to a Samsung... whether it be LED or plasma. It's unfortunate because the 2013 Panasonics look promising, but I really don't want to buy from a company that is getting out of the business. When a company leaves a business you never know what kind of support they will continue offering (some are great, some cut you off). I'm not buying a TV in hopes that it breaks and someone gives me a new one.
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Originally Posted by wildstarUD View Post

This may be what pushes me over to a Samsung... whether it be LED or plasma. It's unfortunate because the 2013 Panasonics look promising, but I really don't want to buy from a company that is getting out of the business. When a company leaves a business you never know what kind of support they will continue offering (some are great, some cut you off). I'm not buying a TV in hopes that it breaks and someone gives me a new one.

I bet a lot of people who said the same thing when Pioneer got out of the TV business wish they would have bought that Kuro.
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Trust me, this has already crossed my mind.. But lets say there is a problem and Panasonic decides to turn it's back on their products once they leave the market. Then you're in a situation where YMMV with the retailer you bought the TV from. I'm not sure that the difference (which I believe will be slight) between the 2013 Panasonics and every other 2013 out there is worth the risk. It's a tough call... Hopefully once we see the new 2013s, they are so amazing that they need to be bought even if Panasonic leaves the plasma market next year.
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Originally Posted by CT-Mike View Post

I'm glad I ordered my VT60 then to hold me over until 4K OLED is affordable.
Ha 4k and OLED? See you in 15 years.
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Originally Posted by wildstarUD View Post

Hopefully once we see the new 2013s, they are so amazing that they need to be bought even if Panasonic leaves the plasma market next year.
Deja vu from 2008/9 all ova' again. wink.gif
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They can't legally refuse to honor their warranties. I'm not sure how it works if they went bankrupt however.
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Originally Posted by JSpectre88 View Post

They can't legally refuse to honor their warranties. I'm not sure how it works if they went bankrupt however.

Bankrupt or if something happens after the 1 year warranty. There would be no hope of repair and let's say IF the tv were as good as a KURO (I am by no means saying it will be, just saying it for argument's sake) wouldn't you rather have that tv working versus some 1 year newer tv that isn't as good?
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Originally Posted by wildstarUD View Post

Bankrupt or if something happens after the 1 year warranty. There would be no hope of repair and let's say IF the tv were as good as a KURO (I am by no means saying it will be, just saying it for argument's sake) wouldn't you rather have that tv working versus some 1 year newer tv that isn't as good?

I don't think that's accurate, but I will let someone more knowledgeable comment.
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I don't know if I'm right, my only thought is based off of the previous experiences with warranty situations. Something happened to a previous tv of mine (just outside of the warranty period) and my options were to have it repaired or have it replaced. Luckily, the place I bought it (PC Richards) stepped in and replaced the tv with a current year model from a different manufacturer. The company I bought the tv from (Toshiba) offered no help other than to hand me to their repair department (which wanted to charge me $$) or to give me a few bucks off a new set. I know with some of the car companies that have gone under recently, some of them are not producing parts or offering support once the warranty period has lapsed. I think the biggest thing here is that no one can predict how Panasonic will go about things once (and IF) they decide to leave the market.
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Ya'll are trippin' hard. rolleyes.gif
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Originally Posted by mrkdilkington View Post

Ha 4k and OLED? See you in 15 years.

15 years for a 4K OLED? Maybe you didn't see this:

http://ces.cnet.com/8301-34451_1-57562772/panasonic-unleashes-first-prototype-4k-oled/

Now if you are talking 15 years for it to be affordable, that is a possibility.
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possibly withdrawing... I can't see them getting rid of plasma, but they will definitely scale back on models. Maybe getting rid of the technology is cheaper, but I really can't see that until OLED comes into play.
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I will do my best to sell as many Panny plasmas as I can at my Best Buy . maybe if they have a good 2013 they will keep them a few more years.
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