you when you're poking a bear right?
forget the kuro stuff. I agree it's not going to be used, although whether that's because of cost, or because it's too inefficient to get through todays energy guide ratings(I've heard that as well) doesn't really matter.
what you're failing to see is you're on the same side. a vote for kuro, or a vote for Panasonic is both a vote for plasma. the fact that plasma TV's 5years ago were better than the best LED's on the market today, and arguably better than the best LED ever made(except for picture size) is damn impressive. and the fact that similarly good results can be achieved today for about half the price just shows again how superior plasma technology is.
kuro, sharp elite, and zt60. even if they were all equal, the kuro did it first, and the zt60 did it cheapest. that's two wins for plasma in my book.
I am as pissed as anyone that (the technology as a whole) (is) nearing it's end.
Imho if Samsung release a plasma as good if not better in most key areas as OLED (lag), light output MLL etc. For a fraction of the price.
Then they will be shooting themselves in the foot imho. Because it would bound to slow the uptake of OLED - because the transition from plasma to oled is apparently the next level up and undoubtedly will be once the early niggles are fixed.
I do feel sorry it's coming to an end - i just wish i could wake up one morning and discover it wasn't plasma coming to a stop but LCD.